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MONTREAL (AP) -Alex Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game with 8:51 left, sending the Washington Capitals to a 6-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night and a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series.

Ovechkin opened the scoring at 8:10 of the first period with Washington's first power-play goal of the series. Mike Knuble tied it at 2 with the Capitals' second short-handed goal in two games with 6.3 seconds left in the second.

Ovechkin added his second of the game and fourth in three games to put Washington up 3-2. Jason Chimera made it 4-2 52 seconds later. The Capitals got empty-net goals from Knuble with 2:27 left and Nicklas Backstrom with 10.1 seconds remaining.

Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves to win his third in a row for Washington.

Carey Price stopped 32 shots in his first start of the series for Montreal.Michael Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Dominic Moore scored for Montreal.

Game 5 is Friday night in Washington.

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