Ovechkin scores 2 empty-netters to earn a hat trick
DETROIT — Alex Ovechkin completed a hat trick with two empty-net goals and the Washington Capitals beat Detroit 5-2 Saturday night for the Red Wings’ ninth straight loss.
Ovechkin reached 20 goals for the 15th consecutive season and also had an assist. T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist, Tom Wilson also scored and Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists. Ilya Samsonov stopped 25 shots.
Robby Fabbri and Luke Glendening scored for Detroit, which has been outscored 24-4 in its last five games. Jonathan Bernier made 29 saves.
The Capitals scored twice in the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Oshie tied it with a power-play goal 2:19 into the period, and Ovechkin’s first goal gave Washington the lead about seven minutes later. Ovechkin put a shot in off Bernier from the bottom of the left circle after swooping behind the net.
Wilson scored his 10th with 5:37 remaining before Glendening pulled Detroit back within one 9 seconds later.
It was Glendening’s fourth goal.
NOTES: Washington C Nicklas Backstrom, out with an upper-body injury, was scheduled to take part in Saturday’s morning skate but is not ready to return.