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Ovechkin gets 900th point, Capitals rout Flames

by Aaron Vickers

CALGARY -- Alex Ovechkin raced past another career milestone on Tuesday.

Ovechkin reached the 900-point mark with a second-period goal and also had an assist to lead the Washington Capitals to a 6-2 victory against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"To be honest with you, I didn't know I was close, only one point," Ovechkin said. "I didn't know when I had it. It's a huge milestone. I have to thank my teammates. It's hard to do by yourself in this league. It's a special moment for me and this team. Now we just have to keep going."

Nicklas Backstrom scored twice, and Andre Burakovsky, T.J. Oshie and Jason Chimera also had goals for Washington (4-1-0). Braden Holtby made 17 saves to help the Capitals win their first road game of the season. They won three of four games on their season-opening homestand.

Sean Monahan and Mark Giordano scored for Calgary (1-5-0), which has lost four straight home games to start the season for the first time in franchise history.

"It's up to us to decide," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "It's within the locker room. That's where it starts. We're not going to get any help. We have to figure out by ourselves. That's why we're pros. That's why we're playing in the best hockey league in the world. To play the game but also when things don't go your way, you simplify things and you find solutions."

Ovechkin is the first player in Capitals' history to get to 900 points. With 479 goals, he is four shy of Sergei Fedorov (483) for the most among Russian-born NHL players. He leads all players in goals since 2001-02 though his NHL career didn't begin until 2005.

"It's absolutely amazing and impressive," Backstrom said. "I mean, his shot, it's amazing. He keeps scoring almost every game. It's impressive what he's done so far but he's not done yet."

Ovechkin's goal 30 seconds into the second period broke a 1-1 tie and gave him 900 points in 764 games.

Barreling down the wing, he sent a shot from the top of the left circle that trickled away from goaltender Karri Ramo, who couldn't locate the puck before Ovechkin slid it into the net.

Ovechkin has goals in each of the four games he's played this season.

Backstrom and Oshie scored on one-timers 41 seconds apart midway through the second period to break the game open for Washington.

Justin Williams set up behind the net, spotted Backstrom creeping into the high slot and set him up for a one-timer that beat Ramo over the glove at 10:56.

"I was hoping to get it, to be honest," said Backstrom, who has three goals and five points in two games since returning from offseason arthroscopic hip surgery. "I was just trying to sneak up there in the slot. He made a great pass there. It was really nice. That's a good feeling."

At 11:37, Oshie made it 4-1 off a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov, sending the puck through Ramo from six feet out to put Washington ahead by three. Ovechkin had the second assist for career point No. 901.

Oshie's goal ended Ramo's night after 14 saves on 18 shots. Jonas Hiller made 10 saves on 12 shots in relief.

The Flames have been outscored 11-2 and outshot 68-31 in second periods this season.

Giordano got the Flames within two at 3:09 of the third, but Chimera ended any hopes of a comeback at 6:53 when he fired a shot past Hiller's blocker on a 2-on-1 with Jay Beagle to put Washington up 5-2.

Backstrom added his second of the game with 3:46 remaining, backhanding a shot over Hiller's glove to complete the rout.

"Again, we just unraveled," Giordano said. "It's everything. It's not one thing. If we can put our finger on one thing we would stop this, but it's all of us making bad plays, bad decisions and getting outbattled. Bottom line is this is as disappointing of a stretch as I can remember in a long time and we've got to turn it around."

Monahan opened the scoring nine minutes into the first period.

After pressure from Michael Frolik on the forecheck, Johnny Gaudreau corralled a turnover by Capitals defenseman John Carlson and dropped for Monahan, who quickly fired a shot over Holtby's glove to put Calgary up 1-0.

Burakovsky responded at 16:02. Kuznetsov stripped Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman, cut behind the net and from his backhand sent a no-look pass out the short side to Burakovsky, who put it into the net for his first of the season before Ramo could react.

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