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Washington 7, Ottawa 5
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, October 25, 2021
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Wes McCauley, Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Kiel Murchison
Attendance: 11387

T.J. Oshie had a hat trick and Alex Ovechkin scored twice to lead the visiting Washington Capitals to a wild 7-5 victory the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

It was the 84th multi-goal road game for Ovechkin, passing Wayne Gretzky for the most in NHL history.

Nick Jensen and John Carlson also scored goals and 20-year-old center Connor McMichael garnered the first two assists of his career for the Capitals. Washington improved to 16-1-1 in its last 18 games against Ottawa by registering its ninth consecutive win over the Senators.

Capitals goalie Ilya Samsonov finished with 32 saves.

Drake Batherson had a hat trick and an assist, Josh Norris added a goal and an assist and Chris Tierney also scored a goal for Ottawa, which lost its third straight game. Thomas Chabot had a pair of assists.

Batherson gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead at the 2:26 mark of the first period when he picked up the puck along the right boards and spun around and fired a sharp angle shot inside the near post.

Washington responded with four straight goals over the span of 9:17 to chase starting Senators goalie Anton Forsberg, who stopped just 12 of 16 shots. Oshie got the first two goals followed by one each by Jensen and Carlson for a 4-1 lead late in the first period.

Filip Gustavsson replaced Forsberg and finished with 12 saves.

Ottawa rallied to tie it 4-4 midway in the second period on goals by Norris, Tierney (on a power play) and Batherson.

Ovechkin then put Washington back ahead for good at 16:27 of the middle period, blocking Nikita Zaitsev's shot from the right point, picking up the puck in the neutral zone and then firing a shot through Gustavsson's pads to finish a breakaway.

Oshie made it 6-4 with 7.3 seconds left in the second period with a wraparound shot from the left side of the net to complete his fifth career hat trick.

Batherson cut it to 6-5 at 6:32 of the third period with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle to complete his first career hat trick.

Ovechkin answered with his seventh goal of the season at the 10:46 mark, firing a shot from the high slot into the top left corner for his 737th career goal, just four behind Brett Hull for fourth place in NHL history.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Washington   Ottawa
T.J. Oshie 3 Points Drake Batherson 4
T.J. Oshie 3 Goals Drake Batherson 3
Connor McMichael 2 Assists Thomas Chabot 2
N/A Power Play Goals Chris Tierney 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Ilya Samsonov .865 Save Percentage Filip Gustavsson .800
Ilya Samsonov 32 Saves Filip Gustavsson 12
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Washington 31 7 0-1 2-3 16 27
Ottawa 37 5 1-3 1-1 14 44
Upcoming Games
  • Ottawa will play their next game on the road against Dallas. The Senators have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Capitals have a W/L % of .500 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.