WASHINGTON - Alex Ovechkin scored his fourth goal of the night with 1:26 left in overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Ovechkin finished with four goals and one assist for five points, but the last one was the biggest. He took a crossing pass from Jeff Schultz and beat Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet from in front for the overtime goal.
It was Ovechkin's second career four-goal and five-point game. He did it on Dec. 29 at Ottawa. Ovechkin came into the game leading the NHL with 39 goals, and third with 65 points, three behind Daniel Alfredsson of Ottawa and two behind Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier.
Ovechkin was one of several Capitals who were very aggressive on the ice from start to finish as Washington was apparently angered by how the Canadiens tried to score in the final minute of Tuesday's game in Montreal despite having a four-goal lead.
The all-star scored Washington's first, third, fourth and fifth goals. He also assisted on Viktor Kozlov's goal. Kozlov finished with a goal and two assists.
The Capitals couldn't hold a 3-0 second-period lead and a 4-2 edge in the third. Montreal rallied and forced overtime when Guillaume Latendresse poked home a loose puck with 32.6 seconds left in regulation after the Canadiens pulled Huet for an extra attacker.