Watch: Ovechkin erupts for 3rd period hat trick

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Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports / USA TODAY Sports

Alex Ovechkin doesn't need much time to beat you.

The Washington Capitals captain scored three third-period goals against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday to record his 18th career hat trick.

With the trick, Ovechkin is now up to 561 tallies for his career, passing Guy Lafleur and tying Mike Modano for 24th on the all-time goals list.

He also becomes the second Capitals player in history to score a hat trick in a season-opening game, joining Mikhail Grabovski, according to NHL Public Relations.

Ovechkin would cap off the night with another goal in the shootout.