His hands outstretched, rookie sensation Alex Ovechkin fell to the near boards after slipping the puck past Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere late in the second period. Replays showed that he merely lost an edge and fell forward. But to the naked eye it looked like the 20-year-old Russian winger was doing his best Superman impression. And why not? His efforts resulted in three goals his first career NHL hat trick that led the Washington Capitals past Anaheim 3-2 in overtime Friday night at the Arrowhead Pond. The Ducks were stymied in the first period by Caps backup Brent Johnson, an unorthodox goalie who has been fairly pedestrian this season. He halted rookie winger Corey Perry, who played his second game since being recalled, with two spectacular saves. In between, Johnson slid across and kicked away what looked to be a sure goal off the stick of Moen. “Maybe we tried to make plays that were too cute,” Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer said between periods. Johnson, making his first start since Dec. 28 in place of a resting Olie Kolzig, returned to his mediocre form in the second about a minute after Washington took the first lead of the game on Ovechkin’s first tally. Joffrey Lupul skated in from the blue line and sent a shot from the top of the far faceoff circle that was headed wide of the Caps net before Johnson reached out. The puck glanced off Johnson’s glove and deflected into the net for Lupul’s first goal since Jan. 1. MIGHTY DUCKS NOTES: With half the season to play, Ovechkin is two goals from surpassing Bob Carpenter (1981-82) in goals scored by a Washington rookie. His 55 points is 12 shy of the all-time team rookie mark, which is also held by Carpenter. … Forward Rob Niedermayer missed his fourth game since suffering a concussion on Jan. 1 against Nashville. He’s expected to resume off-ice workouts as soon as this weekend and could return to practice as early as next week. Ovechkin’s second goal in which he fought off Ruslan Salei in front of the Anaheim net and fired in a tough-angled goal for No. 29 on the season gave the Caps a 2-1 lead with eight minutes remaining in the second. Travis Moen, an offseason acquisition from the Blackhawks, pulled the Ducks even with 2:16 left in the second. He took a lead pass from defenseman Keith Carney, skated to the middle of the near faceoff circle and fired the puck just under the crossbar. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Hurricanes 5, Predators 4, OT: Frantisek Kaberle scored on a penalty shot midway through overtime to lead Carolina past visiting Nashville in overtime. Kaberle was awarded the chance when Scott Hartnell who was trying to stop a rush up ice by Carolina threw his stick along the ice to slow Kaberle as he skated in for a breakaway against Tomas Vokoun. Kaberle didn’t get off a shot then, but took advantage right after. Kaberle hesitated as he took the puck to the left side and flipped it by Vokoun at 2:31 of the extra period. Rod Brind’Amour scored two goals for the Hurricanes, who won their sixth game in a row. Andrew Hutchinson and Erik Cole also scored for Carolina, and Cory Stillman had three assists. Martin Erat scored a pair of third-period goals for the Predators. Devils 3, Canucks 0 : Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for his second consecutive shutout, leading New Jersey to a victory over visiting Vancouver. Brian Gionta scored two power-play goals in the third period and Viktor Kozlov also scored for the Devils, who won their fifth game in a row. Brodeur earned his 78th career shutout and third in five games. Thrashers 2, Blues 0 : Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves and Atlanta beat visiting St. Louis for its fourth consecutive victory, tying a franchise record. Lehtonen picked up his first shutout this season and the second of his career. Patrik Stefan gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead that stood up from the first period until the third when Ilya Kovalchuk scored his NHL-leading 34th goal with 5:39 left on a power play. Lightning 4, Blue Jackets 2 : Martin St. Louis had a goal and an assist to lead Tampa Bay past visiting Columbus. Tim Taylor, Ruslan Fedotenko and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for Tampa Bay. The victory was coach John Tortorella’s 143rd with the Lightning, which moved him past Terry Crisp for most in franchise history. David Vyborny and Nikolai Zherdev scored for the Blue Jackets. Blackhawks 4, Penguins 1 : Andy Hilbert scored two goals, and rookie Adam Munro stopped 28 shots as Chicago defeated visiting Pittsburgh. Hilbert recorded his first multiple-goal game in the NHL. :Roundup of other games from AP. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!