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Ovechkin gets historic hat trick, Caps beat Canadiens

Alex Ovechkin had a historic night, and now he could use a travel agent.

Anything to keep this roll going.

Ovechkin scored four goals to become the first player in 100 years with back-to-back hat tricks to open a season, and the Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-1 on Saturday night.

Ovechkin had three goals in the third period in Thursday’s opening night win at Ottawa, then matched the feat while helping chase Montreal goalie Carey Price in the first period Saturday. He added his fourth goal at 16:46 of the second period against Al Montoya.

“We’re thinking that he’s going to play,” Hitchcock said of Hanzal. “He took the first 25 minutes of practice (Monday), and then I pulled him out when we got into the team drills that had contact, I pulled him out just to make sure.”

However, the news isn’t quite as favorable concerning Stars veteran defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who didn’t practice Monday and will be a game-time decision for a second consecutive contest.

“He’s got a sore groin,” Hitchcock said of Hamhuis. “We’ll wait and see how he feels.”

Dallas made a roster move on Sunday, placing veteran forward Adam Cracknell on waivers. On Monday morning, the New York Rangers claimed Cracknell, which means Dallas will make a corresponding move to recall a young forward from its American UK Cheap Jerseys Hockey League affiliate in Cedar Park.

After practice Monday, Hitchcock was unsure exactly who that Wholesale Jerseys From China would be, but he does know whoever is promoted from the AHL will come up to make the Stars a faster team.

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