Ovechkin has three assists, Capitals score six in win against Canadiens

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WASHINGTONAlex Ovechkin had three assists for the Washington Capitals in a 6-3 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Capital One Arena on Wednesday.

Ovechkin has 33 points (15 goals and 18 assists) in 21 games. 

Ilya Samsonov, who had shutouts in his two previous starts, made 25 saves for the Capitals (12-4-5), who are 7-1-1 in their past nine games.

Jake Evans and Artturi Lehkonen each had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens (5-14-2), who are 1-4-1 in their past six games. Jake Allen made 28 saves in his return after missing four games because of a concussion sustained at the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 13.

Nic Dowd gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 3:34 of the first period. Dowd went around Dan Petry, lost the puck as he attempted to shoot, but regained it and went around the back of the net and scored on a backhand shot.

John Carlson made it 2-0 with a slap shot from the point on a power play at 9:43. Ovechkin had the secondary assist.

The Capitals led 3-0 after Cedric Paquette‘s clearing attempt hit Michael Sgarbossa in the slot and went in.

Evans scored from the slot to pull the Canadiens within 3-1 at 18:46.

Samsonov, who shut out the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, had not allowed a goal in 170:13, dating to a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 12.

Evgeny Kuznetsov made it 4-1 when he tucked in a slap-pass from Carlson at 9:05 of the second period. Ovechkin had his second assist on the play.

Cole Caufield pulled Montreal within 4-2 when his shot caromed of the glass back in front and he knocked the puck across the goal line before it hit Samsonov’s left pad and came out. A video review confirmed the goal. 

Wilson made it 5-2 when he converted a two-on-one pass from Ovechkin at 1:49 of the third period and Dmitry Orlov‘s goal made it 6-2 at 5:57.

Lehkonen made it 6-3 at 17:34.

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