Washington Capitals: Top 10 rivalry games of all-time

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Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)
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#3 Dueling Hat Tricks

On May 4, 2009 the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins took the ice for Game 2. The two teams were always rivals but when the teams drafted top overall picks Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, the rivalry took to new heights. This game would be talked about among the hockey world as both players got hat tricks and the Caps would ultimately come out on top in this contest.

Crosby and the Penguins would take a 1-0 lead on the power play in the first period. Early in the second period, Sergei Fedorov found Viktor Kozlov who fed a cross ice pass to Alex Ovechkin who shot it from his office in the left face off circle to tie the game.

Crosby gave the Penguins the lead right back before David Steckel tied it. It set things up for an entertaining third period. On the power play, Mike Green fed Ovechkin a one time pass to his office. The goal gave the Caps the lead for good.

Just over two minutes later, Ovechkin sniped in another one to unleash the hats onto the ice. Crosby complained to the ref and tried to get the hats to stop getting thrown on the ice but he would get his hat trick late in the game.