August 14, 2022

Washington Capitals Game 78 Recap: Ovi passes Bondra; Caps top Canadiens in OT


Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward both scored two goals, Troy Brouwer scored the only goal in the shootout, and the Washington Capitals earned two hard-fought points, beating the Montreal Canadiens in Centre Bell, 5-4 on Thursday.

With 96 points, the Caps move ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

The win also marks the 600th of Barry Trotz’ career.

After a quiet first period, where the Caps managed just two shots on goal and Montreal six, all heck broke loose in the second.

Montreal scored first, as a shot by Jeff Petry deflected off defenseman Karl Alzner slipped past Braden Holtby short-side. Joel Ward got that one back midway through the period, converting a two-on-one by holding to make the defenseman commit, then whipping a rocket past Carey Price’s catching glove.

Moments later, on the power play, Ovechkin became the franchise’s all-time goal-scoring leader.

He took a breakout pass from John Carlson up the left wing boards, cut to the center of the ice and using P.K. Subban as a screen, sent a laser wrist shot past Price for No. 473, and a 2-1 lead. As he’s done so often in his career, it was a play and shot where the only reaction was “Wow.”

The lead was short-lived, as the Canadiens took advantage of the Caps perhaps celebrating their teammate’s success too much, as Tom Gilbert and Lars Eller both scored on uncontested shots.

It stayed that way until 11:06 in the third, when Ovechkin corralled a loose puck off a power play shot from John :Carlson, shot, got his own rebound, and powered it past Price to knot it at three. It’s his 15th multi-goal game this season.

Just 12 seconds late, Price tried to cleat a puck and it went off the ice, drawing a delay-of-game penalty. Again, the Caps made them pay.

John Carlson’s bomb from center point was tipped halfway there by Joel Ward, and it went front-side on Price to give Washington a 4-3 lead.

Shortly thereafter, the Caps had another two-on-one with Eric Fehr and Curtis Glencross. Fehr shot, and on the cover, Glencross was checked into Price, and a goalie interference was called. Holtby saw Subban’s slapshot the whole way, but could still do nothing with it, and when the light went on, it was tied again at four and sent it to overtime.

And after an exciting overtime where both teams had good point-blank shots and even better point-blank saves, it was still tied and the game was decided by shootout.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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