Ovechkin's 16th hat trick sends Caps to 4-3 win over Blues

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, right, of Russia, celebrates his goal, near St. Louis Blues' Dmitrij Jaskin (23) and Vladimir Tarasenko, center, both of Russia, during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored his first hat trick of the season and the 16th of his 10-year NHL career to lead the Washington Capitals over the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Ovechkin had a goal in each period to move one hat trick ahead of Florida's Jaromir Jagr for the most among active players. The three-time MVP, who has 12 goals this season, led the Capitals to their third win through four games of a five-game homestand.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist for Washington, which outshot St. Louis 25-21 and held a lead throughout the final two periods.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Alex Pietrangelo added a late goal for the Blues, who had won four straight.