Ovechkin scores 699th goal, Capitals lose to Canadiens in OT

WASHINGTON (AP) All eyes were on Alex Ovechkin needing two goals to reach 700 in his career. The other No. 8 on the ice scored twice instead.

Ovechkin scored his 699th goal to close in on another milestone, but the Washington Capitals dropped their third in a row, losing 4-3 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. After Ovechkin was thwarted on a 1-on-1 opportunity early in the 3-on-3 OT, Canadiens No. 8 Ben Chiarot scored his second of the game seconds later to end it.

''He's the most dangerous shooter in the league,'' Chiarot said of Ovechkin. ''If you're not paying attention to what he's doing out there, then it's going to hurt you eventually. We're always aware when he's out there. That's the thing is you pay a little closer attention to him when he's on the ice.''

Ovechkin was on the ice for more than 22 minutes and put six shots on net. He beat Carey Price off a faceoff win by longtime running mate Nicklas Backstrom 7:29 into the game and had another quality chance on a bang-bang play in the third period.

But the Russian superstar will have to wait to become the eighth player in NHL history to get to 700.

Washington has lost five of its past six games and seven of 10, falling out of first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals are also 1-4-1 at home since the All-Star break.

''There's no perfect formula to playing 60 minutes,'' said winger Tom Wilson, who scored with 20.1 seconds left in regulation to tie it and help the Capitals get a point. ''We just need a buy-in from kind of every guy. If everyone's giving it their all, I think we're a pretty tough team to beat. We're excited about the group. There's no panic. We just need to figure it out and we need to get out.''

Goaltender Braden Holtby allowed goals to Shea Weber, Brendan Gallagher and two to Chiarot on 32 shots, but he wasn't chiefly responsible for the loss. The same defensive woes that plagued the Capitals over the past several weeks came back to haunt them against the Canadiens.

''Way too many turnovers right now,'' Washington's Carl Hagelin said. ''You can see when we get the puck deep, we create some offense. Especially against a team like this who have five guys back and they backcheck really hard with a lot of speed, you've got to get it deep. You've got to make them make mistakes. It was too easy of a game for them. It almost feels like we think it's boring to play that way.''

Montreal got two breakaways in the opening minutes and could've had a multi-goal lead if not for big saves by Holtby, who continues to play well. There wasn't much he could do on Weber's goal through traffic, Gallagher's in front or Chiarot's go-ahead goal 30 seconds into the third when the defenseman had plenty of time to shoot the puck off the crossbar and in.

''We're just giving the puck away and that's not good enough,'' Backstrom said. ''(Holtby has) been awesome, I think. We need to help him a little bit more.''

Veteran defenseman Brenden Dillon, brought in to help fix some issues, was on the ice for two Canadiens goals in his Capitals debut after a trade Tuesday from San Jose. He was paired with Norris Trophy contender John Carlson, who turned the puck over seconds before Chiarot's first goal.

Price stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced, and the Canadiens snapped a five-game skid, winning for the first time since Feb. 8.

NOTES: Lars Eller scored his sixth goal in 12 games against the Canadiens since they traded him to the Capitals. ... Center Evgeny Kuznetsov returned to Washington's lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury. ... Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic was a healthy scratch for the first time this season amid a 33-game goal drought. ... Canadiens defenseman Xavier Ouellet left early in the first period after a hit by Garnet Hathaway and did not return because of an upper-body injury. ... Gallagher came back after missing a game with a lower-body injury. ... Victor Mete was out of the Canadiens lineup after taking a shot to the foot Tuesday at Detroit. Coach Claude Julien expects Mete to be out the rest of the week.

UP NEXT

Canadiens: Visit the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

Capitals: Ovechkin continues his pursuit of history at the New Jersey Devils on Saturday afternoon.

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123OTT
MON28-27-8
11114
WAS37-17-6
11103
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Armia RW00-310/0014:452
P. Byron RW00030/0015:294
B. Chiarot D20240/0028:054
N. Cousins LW00010/0014:581
P. Danault C012012/7017:530
M. Domi C01139/5016:240
J. Drouin LW00-200/0214:040
C. Folin D00120/0013:312
B. Gallagher RW10320/0016:040
I. Kovalchuk LW00131/0016:480
B. Kulak D01-210/0027:210
X. Ouellet D00010/0001:041
J. Petry D01-110/0024:521
N. Suzuki C00-207/5013:510
T. Tatar LW01330/0015:530
N. Thompson C00-106/6013:532
J. Weal RW00020/0011:340
S. Weber D10150/0024:250
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
N. Backstrom C02029/13018:240
T. Boyd RW00010/0009:160
J. Carlson D00-120/0025:361
B. Dillon D00-210/0020:221
N. Dowd C00006/3012:195
L. Eller C10023/8015:300
R. Gudas D00100/0011:521
C. Hagelin LW01011/0012:460
G. Hathaway RW00020/0010:334
N. Jensen D00010/0016:121
M. Kempny D00120/0019:442
E. Kuznetsov C01014/10018:280
D. Orlov D00-100/0023:330
T. Oshie RW00020/0016:230
A. Ovechkin LW10060/0222:313
R. Panik RW01010/0012:201
J. Vrana LW00-120/0016:230
T. Wilson RW10160/1020:094
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Price (W)323290.90660:58
GOALIESSA
C. Price (W)32
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
B. Holtby (L)324280.87559:31
GOALIESSA
B. Holtby (L)32
GOAL Ben Chiarot (Slap shot), Assists: Max Domi and Jeff Petry
MON:GoalsShots
WAS:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • OVERTIME
    • MON
      58.0GOAL Ben Chiarot (Slap shot), Assists: Max Domi and Jeff Petry
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • WAS
      19:39GOAL Tom Wilson (Wrist shot), Assists: Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom
    • MON
      30.0GOAL Ben Chiarot (Snap shot), Assist: Tomas Tatar
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • MON
      18:37GOAL Brendan Gallagher (Wrist shot), Assist: Brett Kulak
    • WAS
      17:03GOAL Lars Eller (Tip-in shot), Assists: Carl Hagelin and Richard Panik
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • MON
      17:43GOAL Shea Weber (Slap shot), Assist: Phillip Danault
    • WAS
      07:29GOAL Alex Ovechkin (Wrist shot), Assist: Nicklas Backstrom
PENALTIES
      • 2ND PERIOD
        • WAS
          37.0Alex Ovechkin penalty Cross Checking - 2 min.
      • 1ST PERIOD
        • MON
          08:47Jonathan Drouin penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      TEAM STATS
      MON
      WAS
      Shots on Goal3232
      Goals in Power Play00
      Faceoff Wins3523
      Penalties11
      Major Penalties00
      Minor Penalties11
      Misconducts00
      TEAM STATS
      MON
      Shots on Goal32
      Goals in Power Play0
      Faceoff Wins35
      Penalties1
      Major Penalties0
      Minor Penalties1
      Misconducts0
      123OTT
      MON28-27-8
      11114
      WAS37-17-6
      11103
      STARS OF THE GAME
      12.5 %SHOT %9.4 %
      0.906 %SAVE %0.875 %
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      J. Armia RW00-310/0014:452
      P. Byron RW00030/0015:294
      B. Chiarot D20240/0028:054
      N. Cousins LW00010/0014:581
      P. Danault C012012/7017:530
      M. Domi C01139/5016:240
      J. Drouin LW00-200/0214:040
      C. Folin D00120/0013:312
      B. Gallagher RW10320/0016:040
      I. Kovalchuk LW00131/0016:480
      B. Kulak D01-210/0027:210
      X. Ouellet D00010/0001:041
      J. Petry D01-110/0024:521
      N. Suzuki C00-207/5013:510
      T. Tatar LW01330/0015:530
      N. Thompson C00-106/6013:532
      J. Weal RW00020/0011:340
      S. Weber D10150/0024:250
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      N. Backstrom C02029/13018:240
      T. Boyd RW00010/0009:160
      J. Carlson D00-120/0025:361
      B. Dillon D00-210/0020:221
      N. Dowd C00006/3012:195
      L. Eller C10023/8015:300
      R. Gudas D00100/0011:521
      C. Hagelin LW01011/0012:460
      G. Hathaway RW00020/0010:334
      N. Jensen D00010/0016:121
      M. Kempny D00120/0019:442
      E. Kuznetsov C01014/10018:280
      D. Orlov D00-100/0023:330
      T. Oshie RW00020/0016:230
      A. Ovechkin LW10060/0222:313
      R. Panik RW01010/0012:201
      J. Vrana LW00-120/0016:230
      T. Wilson RW10160/1020:094
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      C. Price (W)323290.90660:58
      GOALIESSA
      C. Price (W)32
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      B. Holtby (L)324280.87559:31
      GOALIESSA
      B. Holtby (L)32
      STARS OF THE GAME
      123OTT
      MON28-27-8
      11114
      WAS37-17-6
      11103
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      J. Armia RW00-310/0014:452
      P. Byron RW00030/0015:294
      B. Chiarot D20240/0028:054
      N. Cousins LW00010/0014:581
      P. Danault C012012/7017:530
      M. Domi C01139/5016:240
      J. Drouin LW00-200/0214:040
      C. Folin D00120/0013:312
      B. Gallagher RW10320/0016:040
      I. Kovalchuk LW00131/0016:480
      B. Kulak D01-210/0027:210
      X. Ouellet D00010/0001:041
      J. Petry D01-110/0024:521
      N. Suzuki C00-207/5013:510
      T. Tatar LW01330/0015:530
      N. Thompson C00-106/6013:532
      J. Weal RW00020/0011:340
      S. Weber D10150/0024:250
      Total4503235/232-17
      SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
      N. Backstrom C02029/13018:240
      T. Boyd RW00010/0009:160
      J. Carlson D00-120/0025:361
      B. Dillon D00-210/0020:221
      N. Dowd C00006/3012:195
      L. Eller C10023/8015:300
      R. Gudas D00100/0011:521
      C. Hagelin LW01011/0012:460
      G. Hathaway RW00020/0010:334
      N. Jensen D00010/0016:121
      M. Kempny D00120/0019:442
      E. Kuznetsov C01014/10018:280
      D. Orlov D00-100/0023:330
      T. Oshie RW00020/0016:230
      A. Ovechkin LW10060/0222:313
      R. Panik RW01010/0012:201
      J. Vrana LW00-120/0016:230
      T. Wilson RW10160/1020:094
      Total3503223/352-23
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      C. Price (W)323290.90660:58
      GOALIESSA
      C. Price (W)32
      GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
      B. Holtby (L)324280.87559:31
      GOALIESSA
      B. Holtby (L)32
      GOALS
      • OVERTIME
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      PENALTIES
          • 2ND PERIOD
          • 1ST PERIOD
          • OVERTIME
          • 3RD PERIOD
          • 2ND PERIOD
          • 1ST PERIOD

          123OTT
          MON28-27-8
          11114
          WAS37-17-6
          11103
          TEAM STATS
          3.33
          GF AVG
          3.47
          GA AVG
          .60
          Power Play
          3.80
          GF AVG
          3.30
          GA AVG
          .74
          Power Play
          All times are US/Eastern.