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Alex Ovechkin Goes Scoring Crazy For Washington Capitals In Win

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Alex Ovechkin hasn’t had the greatest season by anyone’s estimation, with just five goals heading into Saturday’s action.

Then, Ovechkin had a hat trick and an assist to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Ovechkin was able to help Washington improve to a still subpar 6-10-1 record while the Devils, who had been cruising along this season, fell to 10-4-4.

This kind of game was a long time coming for Ovechkin, who has been one of the top scorers in the entire NHL over the past several seasons. Ovechkin had a rough season last year, with just 65 points in 78 games. He had only ten points in Washington’s first 16 games and after having four different seasons where the former All-Star scored more than 100 points, and the Capitals had to be very disappointed in his play.

This is hopefully a spring board for the rest of the season for Washington, and for Ovechkin in particular. Washington is having an awful season without any doubt, but if Ovechkin can finally get back his scoring prowess that he had to begin his career, things may be getting better for the Capitals.

Ovechkin can’t be much worse than he has been, and scoring four points against a very talented New Jersey team is a step in the right direction. It may not fix all the problems for the Capitals or Ovechkin, but at least the team can move forward with some sense of confidence that they can be a winning team.

The team should schedule more games at noon if Ovechkin is going to score like that all the time.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.