Capitals Pound Canadiens 6-1, Ovechkin Does it Again

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The Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-1 on Saturday night at Capital One Arena. The win raised the Capitals record to 2-0-0 for the season. The Capitals next head back on the road for a tilt in Tampa on Monday night. Puck drop is 7:30PM

Braden Holtby got the start in net for the Caps and Carey Price got the call for the Habs. Tyler Graovac and Christian Djoos were the healthy scratches for Game #2. Nathan Walker got the start in place of Graovac, making Walker the first Australian National to play in an NHL game. Walker would also score in this contest. Alex Ovechkin had four goals in the game.

The Capitals wasted very little time in this one, as Alex Ovechkin continued his scoring barrage from the first game of the season with a turn-around wrister at the left dot, just 20 seconds into the game.

The call on Capitals radio from John Walton:

T.J. Oshie would get in on the action with a goal just 26 seconds later, giving the Caps a 2-0 lead at the 0:46 mark of the first period.

Alex Ovechkin did it again at the 2:51 mark of the opening frame, his fifth of the season. This time the goal was during a Capitals man advantage, with Ovechkin ripping one past Price on the stick side, making it 3-0.

John Walton’s call:

Ovechkin would notch his third of the period late in the first giving the Caps a 4-0 lead. This was Ovechkin’s second hat trick of the season, and second hat trick in two periods of play. The goal came on a deflection of a Kuznetsov shot. The goal would chase Carey Price, who was replaced by Al Montoya.

John Walton with the “tricky” call:

The period would end with the Capitals leading 4-0. The Capitals outshot the Canadiens 14-7 for the opening frame.

The Canadiens would get on the board with a shorthanded goal by Brendan Gallagher at 4:50 of the middle frame. The goal was setup by a terrible play and turnover by Dmitry Orlov in the defensive zone.

Alex Ovechkin would add one for the Capitals at 16:46 of the middle frame, giving the Caps a 5-1 Lead.

Nathan Walker would get in on the action with a goal at the 18:05 mark of the second period, stretching the Capitals lead 6-1. This was his first goal as a Washington Capital.

The period would come to a close with the Capitals leading 6-1. The Canadiens outshot the Capitals 20-6 for the middle frame. The Canadiens led in shots on goal 27-20 after two periods of play.

The Capitals and Canadiens would skate to a scoreless draw for the final frame, with the Capitals taking the game 6-1. John Walton puts Montreal to bed:

Game stats can be found here.


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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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