The San Jose Sharks beat the Washington Capitals 7-6 on Tuesday night to hand the defending Stanley Cup champions their sixth consecutive defeat.
WASHINGTON — Tomas Hertl completed his hat trick by scoring in overtime, and the San Jose Sharks withstood Alex Ovechkin's hat trick to beat the Washington Capitals 7-6 on Tuesday night and hand the defending Stanley Cup champions their sixth consecutive defeat.
Hertl scored 2:48 into the 3-on-3 session, and a handful of hats were tossed onto the ice. Many more cascaded down earlier after Ovechkin's third hat trick this season and 23rd of his career, but that came in a losing effort because of Evander Kane's dramatic goal that helped the Sharks end their three-game skid.
With goaltender Martin Jones pulled for an extra attacker, Kane beat Braden Holtby with a second left in regulation for his second of the night. Holtby allowed seven goals on 43 shots in what was not one of the All-Star goalie's finest performances.
Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture also scored for San Jose, which has allowed six goals in each of its past four games. Jones gave up six goals on 39 shots but was bailed out by Kane and Hertl in a game that turned into a scoring fest.
Ovechkin scored goal Nos. 34, 35 and 36 of the season to pad his NHL-leading total and also assisted on T.J. Oshie's goal. He's one point from tying former teammate and Hockey Hall of Famer Sergei Fedorov for the most points among Russian-born players.
Ovechkin scored on a rebound on the power play, a wrist shot that somehow sneaked past Jones and a one-timer off the rush. He has 643 goals, good for sole possession of 14th on the career list.
Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for Washington, which lost six in a row for the first time since the 2013-14 season.