Canadiens Top Capitals, 4-3 in Overtime; Alex Ovechkin Scores Career Goal No. 699

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 (OT) on Thursday night at Capital One Arena. The Capitals opened the scoring with a goal from Alex Ovechkin, his 699th career goal in the NHL. The Candiens would answer late in the period with a goal from Shea Weber for a 1-1 tie at the end of the first frame. Lars Eller gave the Capitals a brief lead late in the middle frame, but Brendan Gallagher would respond just before the end of the period for a 2-2 tie at the second intermission. The Canadiens would quickly grab a 3-2 lead early in the final frame, but Tom Wilson would tie the game with 21 seconds left in regulation to make it 3-3, sending the game to overtime. The Canadiens would win it 58 seconds into overtime with a goal from Ben Chiarot, his second tally of the game.


Braden Holtby (21-13-0-4, 3.11 GAA, .897 sv%) started between the pipes for the Capitals. Carey Price (22-22-0-5, 2.76 GAA, .910 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Canadiens. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Brendan Leipsic.

Acquisitions: Brenden Dillon was acquired from the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday in exchange for a second round draft pick and a conditional third round draft pick.

The Canadiens had two clean breakaways in the first five minutes of play but were unable to convert, as Braden Holtby made strong saves on both of the rushes.

The Capitals would strike first with a goal from Alex Ovechkin at 7:29 of the first frame. The goal was Ovechkin’s 699th career goal in the NHL. Nicklas Backstrom won the draw and dished to Ovechkin for the shot. Backstrom (35) had the lone assist.

The Canadiens would tie the game with a blast from Shea Weber (14) at 17:43 of the opening stanza.

The first period would expire with the game tied 1-1. The Capitals led in shots on goal 9-7 for the first frame. The Capitals led in shot attempts 17-12. The Capitals were 0 for 1 on the power play.

The Capitals would briefly take the lead with a goal from Lars Eller (15) at 17:03 of the middle frame. Carl Hagelin (14) and Richard Panik (8) had the helpers.

But the Canadiens would quickly answer with a goal from Brendan Gallagher (20) at 18:37 of the middle frame.

The second period would end, tied 2-2. Montreal led in shots on goal 17-12, and 24-21 after two periods.Β  The Canadiens led in shot attempts 30-16 in the middle frame, and 41-34 after two periods. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.

The Canadiens would grab an early lead in the final frame with a goal from Ben Chiarot (8) just 30 seconds into the final frame.

The Capitals would tie the game with a goal from Tom Wilson with 21 seconds left in regulation.

Regulation would end, tied 3-3.

The Canadiens would win it 58 seconds into overtime with a goal from Ben Chiarot, his second score of the game.


  • The Capitals have lost five of their last six games at home.
  • Lars Eller scored his 15th goal of the season to give the Caps a 2-1 lead. That’s his sixth career goal against his former team. He now has 36 points this season (15g, 21a), tied with his total last season in 21 fewer games.
  • Carl Hagelin picked up an assist on Eller’s goal, marking his 10th point (4g, 6a) in his last 13 games.


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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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3 Responses to Canadiens Top Capitals, 4-3 in Overtime; Alex Ovechkin Scores Career Goal No. 699

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Another not so good day by the Caps who seem to play just well enough to lose by one goal. They finally scored first but could not hold lead. Too many goals given up at either beginning or end of period. They have frankly been a mediocre team since Dec. That was the story of last year’s edition of Winnipeg and Nashville who both got off to awesome starts but did not play well during second half. Both were ousted in Round 1. And Nashville barely in playoff picture now. Winnipeg is out at the moment.

  2. Ryan says:

    I think the difference between the beginning of the season vs. now is – Caps are never set in the neutral zone for defense. As soon as they make an attack with whatever short time of possession they have, the forwards are too low and the puck is going the other way. then on breakouts the forwards always skate as fast as they can to the opposing blue line and stop and have to wait for the pass to send the puck in and chase. In a nutshell that 5 man unit that seemed to move seamlessly from zone to zone is way too spread out, no close support. Too much stop and go. If they’re not going to adhere to Reirden’s system then I think getting back to a basic neutral zone trap, take a few less chances, and carry the puck in more often is due for a try.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I think you nailed a major part of it, Ryan. Teams have learned to exploit the Capitals attack, and it starts in the neutral zone (those all of the breakaways we are seeing). I also agree systematic changes need to be made (at minimum). The β€œnew” scheme was to provide more scoring, with the knowledge that it will occaisionally lead to opportunities for opposing teams. But the extra scoring has not materialized.

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