WASHINGTON – Alex ovechkin had three assists in the Washington Capitals’ 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday at Capital One Arena.
Ovechkin has 33 points (15 goals and 18 assists) in 21 games.
“He’s on a roll and he keeps shooting on goal. He could very well have scored tonight. He’s on a rampage, ”Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “There comes a time when you have to know how to make the right decision. You don’t always have to do the same thing and he excelled in that side of the game. ”
Ilya Samsonov, who had shutouts in his last two starts, made 25 saves for the Capitals (12-4-5), who are 7-1-1 in their last nine outings.
Jake evans and Artturi Lehkonen each scored a goal and an assist for the Canadiens (5-14-2), who are 1-4-1 in their last six games. Jake allen made 28 saves on his return to play. He had missed four games with a concussion suffered against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 13.
The Canadians defeated the Nashville Predators 6-3 on Saturday and were looking for two straight wins for the first time this season.
“It’s obvious that we are not the same team the next time we meet,” said Evans. We lift our foot a little. We face good teams and they quickly make us pay for it. »
Due to the many injuries that afflict them, the Capitals have had to call in several players from their Hershey affiliate in the American Hockey League, such as Beck malenstyn and Michael sgarbossa who put on the skates on Wednesday.
« We are not trying to hide the players we have recalled, » Laviolette said. We have to keep the pace and these players have done an excellent job. «
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Nic dowd gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 3:34 of the first period. Dowd overflowed Jeff petry, but lost control of the puck when it came time to shoot. He recovered the disc, then he rounded the cage to then score from the backhand.
John carlson brought the score to 2-0 on a slap shot with a power play at 9:43. Ovechkin collected an assist on the play.
« We played on the heels after those two quick goals, » said Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme. “We just wanted to go to the locker room. I talked to them, they talked to each other and we were better when we got back. We must be able to do it during the game. «
The Capitals extended their lead to 3-0 when Cédric Paquette’s attempt to escape ricocheted off Sgarbossa in the slot before ending up in the back of the net.
Evans counted from the enclave to close the lead to 3-1 for the Canadians at 6:46 pm.
Samsonov gave up his first goal in 170: 13 of play, after losing 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 12. He then shut out the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.
Evgeny Kuznetsov made it 4-1 when he redirected Carlson’s quick pass behind Allen at 9:05 of the second period. Ovechkin got his second assist of the game on the game.
Cole caufield closed the lead to 4-2 for Montreal. His initial throw bounced off the bay window behind the Capitals’ cage, then he pushed the rebound behind the goal line, but the disc hit Samsonov’s left pad before coming out of the cage. The video replay confirmed the goal.
Wilson increased his priority to 5-2 when he put the finishing touches to a two-on-one climb with Ovechkin at 1:49 of the third period. Wilson has scored four goals in his last six games.
“Every time a team scores a goal they get their rhythm back, so it was important for us to hit as fast as possible,” said Ovechkin.
The fillet of Dmitry Orlov took the score to 6-2 at 5:57, then Lehkonen completed the score at 6-3 at 17:34.
“We work hard,” Evans concluded, “but sometimes we neglect our coverage, lose a battle and pay dearly… We’re not happy with our game and our start to the season. It’s time to turn the tide. «