Habs 4, Caps 3 (OT) — POSTGAME NOTEBOOK

Tanya Simon
February 22, 2020

Alex Ovechkin scored his 699th career goal, closing in on another milestone, but the Washington Capitals dropped their third in a row, losing to the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime Thursday night.

Washington has lost five of its past six games and seven of 10, falling out of first place in the Metropolitan Division.

The goal slump coming into the game had caused some within the Capitals' organization to speak out, including GM Brian MacLellan. Washington is a prolific offensive team as they average 3.47 goals per game this season. The Capitals are excellent in penalty killing as they successfully work through 84 percent of their shorthanded situations this season. BONUS HAWKEY COURTESY OF TOMMY!

"There's no ideal formula to playing 60 minutes", said winger Tom Wilson, who scored with 20.1 seconds left in regulation to tie it and help the Capitals get a point.

Nicklas Backstrom won a draw in the left circle that came back to Ovechkin. The Capitals gave up the equalizer later in the period. That came with 2:17 remaining in the period and made it 1-1. That lead was short-lived as Montreal tied the game 1:34 later.

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They didn't have a lot of possession obviously, so I wouldn't expect that they go for much more possession against us. After the game, Klopp accused his opponents of play-acting and trying to provoke striker Sadio Mane to be sent off.

After starting with an unsustainably torrid 26-6-5 record through their first 37 games, the Caps are now a lackluster 11-11-1 in their last 23. Tom Wilson sent the game to overtime with his 18 of the year at 19:39 off assists from Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov. But Montreal defenseman Ben Chiarot scored the victor on a one-timer through Braden Holtby's five-hole just 58 seconds into overtime, Chairot's second goal of the night.

Goaltender Braden Holtby allowed goals to Shea Weber, Brendan Gallagher and two to Chiarot on 32 shots, but he wasn't chiefly responsible for the loss. Ilya Samsonov is expected to get the start in goal here. Nic Dowd led Washington with five hits ... New Jersey is a weak team in regards to power play success as they have converted only 15.8 percent of their chances with the man advantage.

This will be Scandella's third team this season. Jesper Bratt had the other New Jersey goal. The under is 4-0 in Devils last 4 Saturday games. Scandella appeared in 20 games for Montreal and has season totals of four goals and eight assists.

Defenseman P.K. Subban scored the victor on a power play early in the third period.

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