Montréal
Canadiens
46-28-8
Washington
Capitals
38-30-14

31 SOG
27 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
MTL
WSH
game recap

Canadiens hold on against Capitals, Ovechkin

Friday, 11.22.2013 / 10:29 PM

NHL.com

Three Stars of the Game
Alex Ovechkin
1st
Alex Ovechkin
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 20:23
Josh Gorges
2nd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 24:32
John Carlson
3rd
John Carlson
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 24:52

WASHINGTON (NHL.com) - 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
08:53
MTL
Travis Moen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Bournival (5), Ryan White (1)
1 - 0 MTL
11:53
MTL
David Desharnais (1) Tip-in - ASST: Josh Gorges (4), Andrei Markov (11)
2 - 0 MTL
13:40
MTL
PPG - Daniel Brière (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Josh Gorges (5), Alexei Emelin (1)
3 - 0 MTL
19:37
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (18) Wrist shot - ASST: John Carlson (5), Troy Brouwer (2)
3 - 1 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
12:27
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (19) Deflected shot - ASST: John Carlson (6), Mikhail Grabovski (12)
3 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
10:27
WSH
Troy Brouwer  Fighting (maj) against  P.K. Subban
10:27
MTL
P.K. Subban  Fighting (maj) against  Troy Brouwer
12:13
WSH
Martin Erat  Roughing against  Peter Budaj
14:36
WSH
John Carlson  Hi-sticking against  Alex Galchenyuk
16:28
MTL
Peter Budaj  Tripping against  Jason Chimera
18:15
MTL
Alexei Emelin  Cross checking against  Marcus Johansson
2nd Period
18:00
WSH
Brooks Laich  Holding against  Alexei Emelin
3rd Period
05:34
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Hooking against  Daniel Brière
08:27
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Roughing against  Brian Gionta
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .926SH: 2 - 2
Michal Neuvirth
Michal Neuvirth
2-3-1
SA: 31TOI: 58:28
Saves: 28EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .903SH: 0 - 0