It took nearly 100 minutes for Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom to find their game against stifling Montreal Canadiens defense. When the Washington Capitals' top guns finally did, they were close to unstoppable.
Backstrom and Ovechkin combined for eight points in the Capitals' 6-5 overtime win against the Canadiens on Saturday.
"The second period was kind of embarrassing," Backstrom said, referring to a defensive collapse which led to a 4-1 Canadiens lead. "We stepped it up at the end of the second and the third. We never gave up, and that's a good sign, I think."
Backstrom and Ovechkin rallied with goals late in the second and early in the third period to erase Washington's three-goal deficit. Backstrom then struck 31 seconds into overtime to complete his hat trick.
The turnaround was most significant for Ovechkin, who was held without a shot for just the fourth time in his career in Game 1.
"He's a big part of this team, a big key," Backstrom said. "It was good to see him get going again and hopefully we can keep going on the road."
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