Canadiens hold on against Capitals, Ovechkin | Friday, 11.22.2013 / 10:29 PM

WASHINGTON ( - The Montreal Canadiens scored three times in less than five minutes of the first period and held on to defeat the Washington Capitals 3-2 at Verizon Center on Friday.

Travis Moen and David Desharnais each snapped a long goal drought, and Daniel Briere scored for Montreal.

Alex Ovechkin had the goals for Washington, giving him 19 to lead the NHL.

Moen's wrist shot beat Michal Neuvirth for his first goal of the season and first in 47 games at 8:53. A sloppy pass from Capitals defenseman Alexander Urbom to Mikhail Grabovski led to a turnover just outside Washington's defensive zone. Michael Bournival corralled the loose puck and quickly passed it to Moen.

Three minutes later, Desharnais scored his first goal of the season (snapping a 21-game drought dating to last season) when he deflected Josh Gorges' shot from the point past Neuvirth's catching glove. The goal went to review to see if Desharnais' stick was above the crossbar, but there was not sufficient evidence to overturn it.

Daniel Briere extended Montreal's lead to 3-0 on the power play at 13:40 when he was able to sneak behind Urbom in front of the net.

With time running out in the period and the Capitals on the power play, Ovechkin scored on a tight-angle shot at 19:37. John Carlson's wrist shot missed wide and caromed right to Ovechkin along the goal line to Peter Budaj's right. It snapped a streak of seven straight goals scored against Washington dating to its 4-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

In the third period, Ovechkin, who had taken a roughing penalty two minutes earlier, brought Washington with 3-2 at 12:27 when he deflected Carlson's shot in the slot.

Budaj made 24 saves; Neuvirth had 28.

The Canadiens have won two straight and three of four; the Capitals lost their second straight, falling five points behind the Penguins for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:53MTL Travis Moen (1) ASST: Michael Bournival (5), Ryan White (1) 1 - 0 MTL
11:53MTL David Desharnais (1) ASST: Josh Gorges (4), Andrei Markov (11) 2 - 0 MTL
13:40MTL PPG - Daniel Briere (4) ASST: Josh Gorges (5), Alexei Emelin (1) 3 - 0 MTL
19:37WSH PPG - Alex Ovechkin (18) ASST: John Carlson (5), Troy Brouwer (2) 3 - 1 MTL
2nd Period
3rd Period
12:27WSH Alex Ovechkin (19) ASST: John Carlson (6), Mikhail Grabovski (12) 3 - 2 MTL
Three Stars of the Game
Alex Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 20:23
Josh Gorges
Josh Gorges
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 24:32
John Carlson
John Carlson
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 24:52
Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:27WSH Troy Brouwer  Fighting (maj) against  P.K. Subban
10:27MTL P.K. Subban  Fighting (maj) against  Troy Brouwer
12:13WSH Martin Erat  Roughing against  Peter Budaj
14:36WSH John Carlson  Hi-sticking against  Alex Galchenyuk
16:28MTL Peter Budaj  Tripping against  Jason Chimera
18:15MTL Alexei Emelin  Cross checking against  Marcus Johansson
2nd Period
18:00WSH Brooks Laich  Holding against  Alexei Emelin
3rd Period
05:34WSH Nicklas Backstrom  Hooking against  Daniel Briere
08:27WSH Alex Ovechkin  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/51/2
Faceoff Wins3245
Blocked Shots1715
Penalty Minutes915
6D. MurrayD0000010:30
8B. PrustL00-11014:23
11B. GallagherR0011016:27
14T. PlekanecC0003020:12
21B. GiontaR0003018:53
26J. GorgesD0221024:32
27A. GalchenyukC00-10015:23
32T. MoenL1011011:50
48D. BriereC1003014:58
49M. BournivalL011206:55
51D. DesharnaisC1013016:15
53R. WhiteC011108:45
61R. DiazD0002017:22
67M. PaciorettyL0015016:59
74A. EmelinD0110220:31
76P. SubbanD00-12523:13
79A. MarkovD0102024:30
81L. EllerC00-11015:38
30P. Budaj2527.92660:00
8A. OvechkinL2005220:23
10M. EratR0001213:18
19N. BackstromC00-13220:14
20T. BrouwerR0101518:11
21B. LaichC0000216:41
23T. StrachanD00-11015:49
24A. VolpattiL000105:38
25J. ChimeraL00-11016:25
27K. AlznerD0001020:53
34A. UrbomD00-12017:05
42J. WardR00-11017:38
43T. WilsonR000005:40
46M. LattaC000007:55
52M. GreenD00-12020:37
74J. CarlsonD0213224:52
84M. GrabovskiC0101015:17
88N. SchmidtD0001017:49
90M. JohanssonL0003017:33
30M. Neuvirth2831.90358:28