Sharks’ Tomas Hertl gets a hat trick in OT to beat Capitals 7-6

WASHINGTON — Logan Couture needed a new stick for overtime. So convinced the Sharks were heading toward another loss, Couture went to the bench and broke his stick over the boards. Then he looked up and saw Evander Kane score the tying goal with one second left.

Minutes later, Tomas Hertl completed his hat trick in overtime to beat the Capitals 7-6 on Tuesday night.

Hertl went hat trick for hat trick with Alex Ovechkin, scoring 1:48 into the extra period to snap the Sharks’ losing streak at three and send them into a 10-day break on a high note.

“All the guys in here could’ve easily looked forward to tomorrow and our break, but we decided to play hard for the third and found a way to tie it up and win it,” Couture said after the Sharks erased a two-goal deficit in the third period. “Pretty wild to be able to tie that up there. Just a big-time goal, and Herts to complete the hat trick was awesome there.”

San Jose has allowed six goals in each of its past four games, and goaltender Martin Jones wasn’t at his best in giving up six on 39 shots this time. He did make two big saves in overtime to keep the game going.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals have lost six in a row for the first time since the 2013-14 season, the last time they missed the playoffs. All-Star goalie Braden Holtby allowed seven goals on 43 shots.

Ovechkin, who scored goal Nos. 34, 35 and 36 to pad his NHL-leading total, took the blame for the loss for failing to make the right play with 20 seconds left and the Sharks’ net empty. Ovechkin’s shot attempt went off defenseman Brent Burns, and San Jose went the other way.

“Tough loss,” Ovechkin said. “It was my mistake at the end of the game. I tried to make a rush play. Have to be better in this situation.”

Ovechkin’s hat trick was his third this season and 23rd of his career, and he has sole possession of 14th on the career list with 643 goals.

Karlsson still possible in All-Star Game: There is still a chance Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson takes part in NHL All-Star weekend despite missing the final three games before the break with an injury.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said Karlsson went back to San Jose for more tests on what the team is calling a lower-body injury. Karlsson is one of three Sharks picked for the All-Star Game, with captain Joe Pavelski and Burns.

DeBoer says Karlsson wants to take part in the skills competition Friday and the All-Star 3-on-3 tournament Saturday night but won’t risk aggravating the injury.

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