Capitals owner to buy hats for fans who celebrated Ovechkin's hat trick

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It only took one period for Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin to record the 14th hat trick of his NHL career Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.

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Ovechkin's quick three-goal performance was so impressive that several Capitals fans - who hit the road to watch their team play at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota - tossed their hats on the ice in his honor.

Seeing a plethora of hats on the ice in support of an away player's performance is rare, and the gesture wasn't lost on Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.

The Capitals - who became the fastest team in NHL history to reach 40 wins Thursday - are clearly doing everything right both on and off the ice.

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Capitals owner to buy hats for fans who celebrated Ovechkin's hat trick
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