Alex Ovechkin Completely Flatten Jonathan Drouin With Huge Hit
Montreal outshot Washington 15-9 in the first period but couldn’t get one past Samsonov.
- The game turned at 4:14 of the second period after Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin was shaken up following a hit by Ovechkin.
- Drouin went to the locker room and Canadiens coach Claude Julien said he went through concussion protocol before returning for the start of the third period.
- Without Drouin, the Canadiens responded by scoring four goals in 8:20 to take a 4-0 lead.
“I think it just woke us up,” Danault said. “That (hit) was not great, but it definitely woke up the team. [Drouin] took a hit for the team and came back and is healthy, so that’s all that matters.”
“It’s hockey, it’s not a ballet,” Ovechkin told reporters
“Like I said, it’s a hockey play,” Ovechkin added. “He didn’t see me. It’s a clear hit. Nothing to say.”
- Tomas Tatar had a goal and three assists, and the Montreal Canadiens ended the Washington Capitals’ 13-game point streak with a 5-2 victory at Capital One Arena on Friday.
- Phillip Danault had a goal and two assists, Shea Weber had a goal and an assist, and Carey Price made 26 saves for Montreal (11-5-3), which has won three straight and is 7-1-1 in its past nine games.
“I think the whole game was a lot of fun,” said Tatar, whose four points were an NHL career high. “We played a strong game, played the right way, and we’re happy with these two big points. Obviously, they’re a really strong team and that’s just a good effort from four lines.”
- Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored, and Ilya Samsonov made 35 saves for Washington (14-3-4), which lost in regulation for the first time since Oct. 14 (11-0-2 during streak).
“We didn’t execute our wall plays, we made lots of turnovers in neutral zone, and it just cost us the game,” Ovechkin said. “We know we have to and we can play better. You saw it, guys. We know it. It’s our fault.”
- Danault gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 6:22 of the second when he received a pass from Tatar while alone in the slot and lifted in a backhand over Samsonov’s left pad.
- Weber made it 2-0 at 9:16 with a one-timer from along the left boards, and Jordan Weal extended the lead to 3-0 at 11:41 with a backhand from the left circle that hit the far post and bounced in off Samsonov.
- Nick Suzuki scored to make it 4-0 at 14:42 when his cross-crease pass intended for Brendan Gallagher deflected in off the stick of Capitals defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler.
NHL Highlights | Canadiens vs. Capitals – Nov. 15, 2019
- Price’s win was his 331st in the NHL, which passed Harry Lumley for 26th in League history. …
- Weber extended his point streak to five games (four goals, three assists). …
- Capitals defenseman John Carlson had an assist on Ovechkin’s goal to extend his point streak to five games (one goal, seven assists). …
- With forwards Carl Hagelin (upper body) and Nic Dowd (hand laceration) injured, the Capitals recalled defenseman Tyler Lewington from Hershey of the American Hockey League and dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
- Lewington had three hits and two blocks in 8:49 of ice time.
Sources & Credits: NHL.com; MTL Canadiens, WAS Capitals
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