Montreal at Washington

Ovechkin scores four times, including OT, to lead Caps past Habs

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WASHINGTON -- The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin broke his nose, needed stitches in his lip after getting hit with a puck and then showed the Montreal Canadiens the true meaning of the word tough.

The battered Ovechkin, who also sported a cut below his eye from a high stick on Tuesday night, scored his fourth goal of the night with 1:26 left in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 victory against the Canadiens on Thursday night.

Ovechkin tied career highs with four goals and five points, but the last one was the biggest. He took a crossing pass from Jeff Schultz and beat Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet from in front for the overtime goal.

"Today was a special day," Ovechkin said with a smile. "I broke my nose, have stitches (and) score four goals. Everything (went) to my face."

He broke his nose when he was sent hard into the boards by Montreal defenseman Francis Bouillon.

Ovechkin's fourth career hat trick was his first at home. It was Ovechkin's second career four-goal and five-point game -- he also did it Dec. 29 at Ottawa. Ovechkin leads the NHL with 43 goals and took over the points lead with 70. It's the first time he has been the league leader in scoring.

"We scored five, and he was in on all five," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "So, how can you say enough about him? He's an amazing person."

Ovechkin was one of several Capitals who were very aggressive on the ice from start to finish as Washington was apparently angered by how the Canadiens tried to score in the final minute of their game Tuesday in Montreal despite having a four-goal lead.

Washington took the game's first seven shots, and the Caps were all over the ice and created a number of scoring chances, finishing with a 38-21 edge in shots.

But even though Viktor Kozlov had one goal and two assists, and Mike Green added two assists, the Washington offense revolved around Ovechkin.

"The way Ovie scored the goals today, he's pretty amazing," linemate Kozlov said. "Alex's game is excellent, excellent. Hitting people, passing, scoring. I don't know what else forwards could do."

Montreal had 40 shots in a 4-0 victory Tuesday, but Washington's defense slowed down the free-skating Canadiens and limited their scoring chances.

The All-Star scored Washington's first, third, fourth and fifth goals. He also assisted on Kozlov's goal.

The Capitals couldn't hold a 3-0 second-period lead and a 4-2 edge in the third.

Sergei Kostitsyn scored for Montreal less than a minute after Washington's third goal, and Andrei Kostitsyn cut the lead to 3-2 with a power-play goal with less than one second remaining in the second period.

Ovechkin scored in the third period, but Montreal tallied twice, sending the game into overtime when Guillaume Latendresse poked home a loose puck past sprawled Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig with 32.6 seconds left in regulation after the Canadiens pulled Huet for an extra attacker.

That was Latendresse's second goal of the third period. But it just set the stage for more Ovechkin highlights in overtime.

"In the third period, we came back again, but Ovechkin was too strong," said Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau.

Notes

  • Ovechkin has scored at least 40 goals in each of his first three seasons. Peter Bondra was the last Capitals player to do it.
  • The Kostitsyn brothers became the first siblings to score a goal in the same game for Montreal since Frank and Pete Mahovolich did it on April 14, 1974, against the Rangers in the playoffs.
  • Montreal's Saku Koivu played in his 700th career game.
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Alex Ovechkin beats Cristobal Huet in the second period to push Washington's lead to 3-0.  (US Presswire)
Alex Ovechkin beats Cristobal Huet in the second period to push Washington's lead to 3-0. (US Presswire)

Scoreboard
Montreal (27-15-9)02204
Washington  (24-23-5) «12115
Three Stars
A. Ovechkin
WAS


Goals: 4
Assist(s): 1
G. Latendresse
MON


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
V. Kozlov
WAS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
13:06Alex Ovechkin (42), Wrist Shot. Assist: Milan Jurcina
2ND PERIOD
04:35Viktor Kozlov (10), Tip-In. Assist: Alex Ovechkin, Tom Poti
11:54Alex Ovechkin (43), Wrist Shot. Assist: Viktor Kozlov, Nicklas Backstrom
12:44Sergei Kostitsyn (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Guillaume Latendresse, Maxim Lapierre
19:59Andrei Kostitsyn (16), Wrist Shot. Assist: Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec
3RD PERIOD
12:30Alex Ovechkin (44), Wrist Shot. Assist: Viktor Kozlov, Mike Green
13:47Guillaume Latendresse (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sergei Kostitsyn, Mike Komisarek
19:27Guillaume Latendresse (14), Snap Shot. Assist: Tomas Plekanec, Mark Streit
OT
03:34Alex Ovechkin (45), Slap Shot. Assist: Jeff Schultz, Mike Green
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
55.0Kovalev, 2 min, High-Sticking
06:47Brashear, 2 min, Roughing
12:33Begin, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
12:44Semin, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
06:01Koivu, 2 min, Hooking
18:43Green, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
None
OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Montreal76619
Washington12131136
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Cristobal Huet 63:12335
Olaf Kolzig 63:33174
Game Information
Attendance - 14930
Referees - Don Van Massenhoven, Dean Warren
Linesmen - Pat Dapuzzo, Tony Sericolo
 
Other Games
Bos 4 Final
Ott 1
Van 3 Final
TB 4
LA 3 Final
NYI 1
Colu 2 Final
Nash 4
Tor 2 Final
OT
Car 3
NYR 4 Final
Phi 0