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GOTTA SEE IT: Ovechkin Nets Hat Trick, Semin Pulls Off ‘Zegras’ In Farewell Game

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Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin

The Washington Capitals were well represented at Alexander Semin’s farewell to hockey game on Thursday. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, along with blueliner Dmitry Orlov, laced ’em up alongside their former teammates in Semin and Viktor Kozlov as they skated in a match to culminate Semin’s career and ring in his retirement from pro hockey.

Ovechkin, Kozlov and Orlov were all on Semin’s team as they faced off against Pavel Datsyuk‘s team.

And, as is quite often the case when Ovechkin plays in a hockey game — or even a pro soccer game — the Great 8 chipped in a goal, and it came off a highlight-reel play from his former linemate in Semin.

Semin had a lot of time and space to work with behind the net and took a page out of TrevorĀ Zegras‘ book. He flipped the puck up and over the net to the crease. Though Ovechkin didn’t bat it out of the air a-la Sonny Milano, he was in front to clean up the rebound and stuffed it in to put Team Semin on the board.

Ovechkin wasn’t done there. He added two more goals to complete the hat trick, and Semin also picked up three goals of his own to boot. Ultimately, Team Semin topped Team Datsyuk, 10-9.

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In addition to the game, Ovechkin also skated with Semin and Datsyuk and play with a local sled hockey team.

Semin played in the NHL for 11 years, dishing 239 goals, 278 assists and 517 points through 650 games. He spent seven of those seasons with the Capitals, where he registered 197 goals and 211 assists. His four hat tricks in 2010-11 also led the NHL.

Ovechkin, meanwhile, is preparing to enter his 18th NHL season. The 36-year-old is coming off his record ninth 50-goal season and sits third on the NHL’s all-time goals list. On March 15, he became the highest-scoring European player of all time after passing Jaromir Jagr with his 767th goal. Ovechkin is now at 780 goals and is 20 away from 800, 22 away from passing Gordie Howe and 115 away from breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record.

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Stephen Fischer

Alex Semin was one of the most talented hockey players it was ever my privilege to watch. Unfortunately, he never seemed to possess a level of passion for the sport to match his talent. Sometimes, I just wonder…what if he had Ovi’s level of passion for hockey? He could have been – had the talent to be one of the greatest ever

Glad to see he was able to leave the game on his own terms

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