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Capitals 5, Canadiens 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 5, Canadiens 1
Washington Capitals 5, Montréal Canadiens 1

MONTREAL (AP) -Alexander Ovechkin scored the fourth goal of Washington's second-period outburst, leading the Capitals to a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night and a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference series.

Semyon Varlamov, who got the nod over Jose Theodore, made 26 saves in his first start of the series for Washington, which has won two in a row after losing the opener 3-2 in overtime.

Boyd Gordon, Brooks Laich and Eric Fehr each scored within a span of 7:27 as the Capitals chased Jaroslav Halak 8:33 into the second.

Ovechkin dropped to his knees at 13:50 to put a one-timer past Carey Price, who relieved Halak after Washington took a 3-0 lead.

Tomas Plekanec spoiled Varlamov's shutout bid with a power-play goal 2:25 into the third.

Matt Bradley scored the Capitals' final goal with 44.1 seconds left in the third.

Game 4 is Wednesday night in Montreal.

Varlamov got his second straight win since relieving Theodore early in Game 2.

Theodore, the 2002 Hart Trophy winner as league MVP with the Canadiens, was pulled after allowing goals on Montreal's first two shots Saturday. Varlamov stopped 19 shots the rest of the way for the win in Washington's dramatic 6-5 comeback victory in overtime.

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Two nights later, Halak was yanked after he was beaten on three of six shots in the second. The Slovakian goalie stopped 10 shots overall. Price made 22 saves.

Washington's special teams play opened the scoring early in the second as Gordon scored a short-handed goal to put the Canadiens up 1-0.

The Capitals, who boast the NHL's top-ranked power play, have not scored a goal with the man advantage in five straight games, including the last two of the regular season.

Gordon, who did not dress for Game 2, backhanded his own rebound past Halak for his first goal 1:06 into the second. Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek slid backwards into Halak, pushing the Canadiens goalie into his own net and clearing the way for Gordon's shot.

Laich added his first goal at 4:42 to make it 2-0 before Fehr scored his second goal in two games, ending Halak's outing with Montreal in a 3-0 hole before the midway through the second.

The Bell Centre crowd cheered as Price skated onto the ice.

Booed whenever he touched the puck, Ovechkin increased the lead to 4-0 when he snapped Nicklas Backstrom's feed past Price for his second goal in two games.

Plekanec drew Montreal to within three early in the third.

Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau drew a huge cheer when he was shown on the video scoreboard through the final bars of "O Canada" prior to the game.

The sellout crowd of 21,273 roared its approval for the end-to-end action through the first half of the opening period, rising to its feet in a standing ovation during a stoppage in play 11:54 in.

Varlamov held the game scoreless through one as he turned aside several good Montreal scoring chances as the Canadiens held a 10-7 edge in shots after the first.

NOTES: Canadiens C Glen Metropolit returned after missing the last six regular season games and first two of the playoffs because of a shoulder injury. ... RW Sergei Kostitsyn was left out of the lineup, and C Ben Maxwell and D Ryan O'Byrne also were not in uniform for Montreal.

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scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:06
WSH
SHG - Boyd Gordon (1) ASST: Tom Poti (2)
1 - 0 WSH
04:42
WSH
Brooks Laich (1) ASST: Mike Green (1), Eric Fehr (1)
2 - 0 WSH
08:33
WSH
Eric Fehr (2) ASST: Brooks Laich (1), Brendan Morrison (1)
3 - 0 WSH
13:50
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (2) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (2), Mike Knuble (3)
4 - 0 WSH
3rd Period
02:25
MTL
PPG - Tomas Plekanec (3) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (4), Roman Hamrlik (1)
4 - 1 WSH
19:15
WSH
Matt Bradley (1) ASST: NONE
5 - 1 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
07:52
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn  Hi-sticking against  Mike Knuble
13:51
WSH
Jeff Schultz  Cross checking against  Dominic Moore
16:40
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Tripping against  Alexander Semin
2nd Period
00:54
WSH
Tomas Fleischmann  Hooking against  Andrei Markov
15:08
MTL
Brian Gionta  Cross checking against  Jason Chimera
15:08
MTL
Scott Gomez  Misconduct (10 min)
17:55
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Unsportsmanlike conduct
17:55
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Interference against  Eric Fehr
3rd Period
01:21
WSH
Brooks Laich  Hooking against  Tom Pyatt
04:51
WSH
Mike Knuble  Hi-sticking against  Andrei Markov
10:10
WSH
Mike Knuble  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
10:13
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn  Hooking against  Brooks Laich
16:44
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Roughing against  Mike Green
goalie stats
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
2-0-0
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .963SH: 2 - 2
Carey Price
SA: 23TOI: 31:27
Saves: 21EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .913SH: 0 - 0
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 13TOI: 28:33
Saves: 10EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .769SH: 1 - 2