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Desharnais finally scores 1st of season, Ovechkin gets 2 as Canadiens top Capitals 3-2

Friday, 11.22.2013 / 10:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Desharnais finally scores 1st of season, Ovechkin gets 2 as Canadiens top Capitals 3-2

WASHINGTON - David Desharnais scored his long-awaited first goal of the season, and the Montreal Canadiens took an early three-goal lead Friday night and survived two goals from Alex Ovechkin in a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.

Desharnais, whose scoring drought even attracted the attention of Montreal's new mayor, perched in front of the net to redirect Josh Gorges' drive in the first period. The goal stood after a video review to determine whether Desharnais had scored with a high stick.

Travis Moen also scored his first of the season, and Daniel Briere added a goal for the Canadiens, who have won two straight.

Ovechkin scored on a last first-period power play and again in the third period to give him an NHL-leading 19 goals.

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That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

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