The wind turned in favor of the Capitals when Alexander Ovechkin took charge to execute a literal domination of the Canadiens at home Tuesday night.
With four goals and one assist, the Russian phenomenon revenged his pointless game in Montreal and helped his team to an OT win.
Things started off with tension between the teams, as Alexei Kovalev hurt Ovechkin with a high stick on his moving to get to the puck. Ovechkin lay a moment on the ice before heading, painfully, to the bench while Kovalev was sent to the box for two minutes.
But that would not stop the 22-year-old All Star from recording his 40th (seriously, 40th!) goal of the year midway through the first period, at which point the Habs had no shoots on goal with just a few moments till the first intermission.
And here comes Ovechkin.
Four minutes into the second period, Ovechkin made a pass to Kozlov who scored to bring the game to 2-0. Then after seven minutes he went back to work another goal from a pass by Kozlov.
His big night was not over and he introduced the Habs to the third period with his third of the night, from Kozlov (again!).
However, Ovechkin's most impressive achievement of the night would be the game-winning goal in overtime, giving his team the two points and leaving the Canadiens with only one.
It was not the first time the Habs were down after one period, and lately it seems they’ve found ways to compensate for those troubles. Sergei Kostitsyn scored the first goal for his team, and then brother Andrei brought the game to 3-2, with approximately one second to go in the second period.
But it’s never over ‘til it’s over.
Guillaume Latendresse raised his team’s hopes with a goal in the middle of the last period, and then again with his second at the very end—just 33 seconds to go.
But as his teammates celebrated on the bench the game was sent in overtime...
Ovechkin wanted to win that game really badly and the Caps’ fans were thrilled to commemorate his 43rd of the season, beating G Cristobal Huet at the Caps’ 38th shot.
The Canadiens will head back to the city where they will prepare for Saturday’s game against the Islanders at the Bell Center, 2:00 PM EST.
The post's three stars:
Alexander Ovechkin - Guillaume Latendresse - Victor Kozlov