Kovalev nets hat trick

Posted on December 12, 2009

Kovalev nets hat trick It had been a long time since Alex Kovalev had something to celebrate.

He made up for it Saturday night.

Kovalev scored three times -- including the 400th of his career -- as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. The hat trick made Kovalev the 82nd player in NHL history to reach the 400-goal plateau.

"It's always great to pass that point," said Kovalev, who has 401 goals all-time. 'I know it's been 14 or 15 (games since he's scored) or something like that so I could have done that early but now I can forget about it."

It was actually 16 games between goals for the first-year Senator, and 

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