Lars Eller lifts Capitals to overtime win against Canadiens

Lars Eller scored the winning goal in overtime and the Washington Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens.

MONTREAL — Lars Eller scored in overtime to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the Capitals (10-7-3), while Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom also scored in regulation time .

Washington was without goal-scoring threats T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper-body injuries).

Pheonix Copley, making his fourth consecutive start, gave up four goals on 22 shots before getting pulled in the second period. Braden Holtby, in relief, stopped all 22 shots he faced.

Mike Reilly, Brendan Gallagher, Jeff Petry and Kenny Agostino scored for the Canadiens (11-6-4) while Carey Price made 29 saves in defeat.


With an assist on Montreal’s third goal, Max Domi became the first Canadiens player with a 10-game point streak since Vincent Damphousse in 1996.

Montreal outshot Washington 44-34.

Losing 4-2, Backstrom started the comeback at 13:20 of the second period shortly after the Canadiens failed to score on a four-minute man advantage.

Ovechkin tied the game at 4-4 with a one-timer just 1:02 in to the third period with the Capitals on a 5-on-3 power play.

Eller scored the winner with 1:26 left in overtime when he beat Price with a soft wristshot between the pads.

Down 2-1 to start the second, the Canadiens scored three quick goals in a 1:15 span.

Gallagher got the first, 20 seconds into the second period, on a centring pass by Phillip Danault.

After a scramble in front of the Washington goal, Petry gave Montreal a 3-2 lead on the power play when he spotted a loose puck in the crease and chipped it over Copley’s pad at 1:08.

Agostino, with his first goal in a Canadiens uniform, doubled Montreal’s lead 37 seconds later when he deflected Artturi Lehkonen’s shot past Copley.

The Canadiens got on the scoreboard first through Reilly’s second goal of the season at 9:20 of the first period.

Connolly and Ovechkin scored 1:24 apart in the first to give Washington a 2-1 lead after 15 minutes of play.

Montreal’s Noah Juulsen left the game in the first period after taking a puck to the face. He was taken to the hospital “for further examination,” the Canadiens tweeted.

Montreal defeated Washington 6-4 in the first meeting between these two teams earlier this month.

Notes: Montreal’s Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Washington’s Dmitry Orlov and Tom Wilson each had two assists.


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