BOSTON (AP) -Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist, and Jose Theodore stopped 19 shots to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in the season-opener.
Brooks Laich added two goals and an assist, Nicklas Backstrom had three assists, and Alexander Semin had two for Washington, which had not won in Boston in regulation in 14 tries since 2000.
Only Patrice Bergeron's goal with 12:04 left in the game kept Theodore from his 29th career shutout.
Boston's Tim Thomas, the defending Vezina Trophy winner as the league's top goalie, made 30 saves.
TORONTO (AP) - Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges scored with only 12.8 seconds left on the overtime clock, and Carey Price made 43 saves in the Canadiens' season-opening victory over Toronto.
The Canadiens were badly outshot and thoroughly outplayed through two periods, but found a way to hang around and win. They got some help from former teammate Mike Komisarek, who was in the penalty box for two Montreal goals.
Brian Gionta, Travis Moen and Glen Metropolit also scored for the Canadiens.
Matt Stajan had two goals, and Alexei Ponikarovsky added one for Toronto.