WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin scored an arena-rocking hat trick and got the assist on the winning goal in overtime Sunday, and the Capitals kept up their pursuit of NHL history with their 14th straight victory, 5-4 over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Mike Knuble poked in the rebound 2:49 into overtime after Ovechkin's shot hit the post during a Capitals power play.
Washington's winning streak is tied for the third longest in league history and is three shy of the record of 17, set by the Penguins from March 9-April 10, 1993.
Ovechkin's three goals gave him a league-high 42, pulling away from Sidney Crosby after the Pittsburgh star had tied him at 39 by scoring a pair in the first period.
The Capitals trailed 4-1 late in the second, but Eric Fehr poked in his own rebound to cut the lead to two before Ovechkin took over in the third.
The two-time reigning league MVP wristed a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury with 13:09 left then tied it with a backhander from the edge of the right circle with 8:54 to play, making the sellout crowd delirious as red hats flooded the ice to celebrate the first hat trick of the season by any Capitals player.
BRUINS 3, CANADIENS 0: At Montreal, Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for his third shutout, Marco Sturm scored twice and Boston ended a 10-game losing streak.
Boston won for the first time since a 2-1 shootout victory over San Jose on Jan. 14 and avoided tying the longest losing streak in franchise history set by the inaugural edition of the Bruins in 1924-25.
The Bruins scored a pair of goals 2:24 apart late in the first, including Adam McQuaid's first NHL goal. Sturm scored with 3.2 seconds left in the period and added his 18th of the season midway through the third.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 shots for the Canadiens, who ended a three-game winning streak.