Ovechkin Gets Nos. 50, 51, 52 as Caps Win Big
Washington stays in playoff hunt with 10-2 pasting of Boston
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2008 11:17 PM CST
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, center, celebrates his 51st goal with teammates Nicklas Backstrom (19), Tom Poti (3) and Viktor Kozlov (25) during first period hockey play against the Boston Bruins...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau blasted his players for lack of effort after losing to Toronto Saturday. The message got through, as his team scored six times in the first period and cruised to a 10-2 rout of the Boston Bruins tonight. Alexander Ovechkin led the onslaught with a hat trick, including his 50th goal this season, reports The Washington Post.

Ovechkin regained the NHL scoring lead as he also added two assists. Things were so one-sided even Caps enforcer Donald Brashear got on the score sheet. Bruins goalie Tim Thomas entered the game with an 8-0-1 lifetime record against Washington, but didn't even finish the first period giving up four goals on only 10 shots. Boston's winning streak ended at six.