Harvey’s first hat trick leads San Jose over Caps
WASHINGTON (AP) – Todd Harvey had his first hat trick in more than five years as the San Jose Sharks beat Washington 5-3 on Monday night and ended the Capitals’ nine-game home unbeaten streak.
Harvey’s second goal was the game-winner. With the score tied at 3, Harvey tipped a shot by Scott Hannon past Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig with 14:54 left in the game.
Harvey added an empty-net goal with 16.6 seconds left to complete his first hat trick since April 22, 1995, while playing for Dallas. Vincent Damphousse had three assists for the Sharks.
The Sharks won their fourth straight. Washington, which had won four straight and seven of its last eight, entered the game 7-0-2 in its last nine home games. The Capitals’ last home loss came against the New York Rangers on Nov. 9.
San Jose, which entered the game as the league’s second-best penalty-killing unit overall and the best penalty killing team on the road, surrendered a pair of power-play goals to the Capitals.
Sergei Gonchar had two goals and an assist for the Capitals. He scored twice in the first period to give Washington a 2-1 lead after one.
Gonchar’s first goal came two seconds into a power-play when Adam Oates drew the puck back. Gonchar one-timed a shot past San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov at 2:20. After Scott Thornton redirected a shot past Kolzig for the Sharks, Gonchar scored off his own rebound at 9:18.
Harvey tied the score six minutes into the second period. While being checked by Washington’s Ken Klee, Harvey had his back to Kolzig but still got his stick on Patrick Marleau’s shot.
Oates gave Washington a 3-2 lead at 11:18 of the second period, scoring on the rebound of Gonchar’s slap shot. The Capitals needed only 15 seconds for this power-play goal.
Gary Suter tied the game at 3 with 51.2 seconds remaining in the period and the Sharks holding a two-man advantage.
Notes: The Sharks have 14 former first-round picks on their roster.. San Jose is 13-1-2 when Niklas Sundstrom picks up at least one point. He had an assist on the second goal. Oates’ two points gave him 1,219 and moved him into a tie with Jean Beliveau for 25th place on the NHL career list. San Jose is 9-1-1 against the Eastern Conference this season, best among Western Conference teams.
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