Oshie, the Capitals beat the Canadiens 3-1 for their first win of the season

WASHINGTON (AP) – TJ Oshie had a goal and an assist and the Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Saturday night to avoid their first 0-3-0 start since the 2012-13 lockout season.

Conor Sheary and Anthony Mantha also scored for the Capitals.

Down 1-0 on a Nick Suzuki goal, the Capitals got a much-needed spark on special teams that led to three second-period goals.

After failing to convert on their first nine power-play opportunities of the season, the Capitals made some adjustments to their top power-play unit, deploying Dylan Strome at half-back and replacing Evgeny Kuznetsov with Marcus Johansson. That group finally broke through when Oshie stepped up to the plate and buried the rebound off an Alex Ovechkin shot to make it 3-1.

In addition to his goal and team-leading five shots, Oshie assisted on Anthony Mantha’s goal that was scored by Sam Montembeault. The 35-year-old Oshie, who had core surgery before the season and dealt with an upper-body injury in the preseason, has three points in three games.

Darcy Kuemper also rebounded for a strong score in his second game between the pipes for the Capitals. After scoring four goals on 29 shots in his Washington debut on Wednesday against Boston, the 32-year-old – who recently won the Stanley Cup in Colorado – looked much sharper against Montreal. He finished the night with 21 saves. Montembeault had 26 saves for the Canadiens.

Ovechkin appeared to have scored his first goal of the season after hitting Erik Gustafsson’s point, but it was disallowed after the coach called for offside. Ovechkin finished the night with five shots on goal and hit the post on an empty net attempt, but was again kicked out of the net. This is the first time since the 2012-13 lockout that Ovechkin has gone three straight games without a goal to open the season.

NOTES: Arber Xhekaj had an assist on Suzuki’s goal for his first career NHL point, … Suzuki and Cole Caufield have three points in three games. … Mantha and Kaiden Guhle dropped the gloves late in the third period.


Canadiens: Host Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Capitals: Host former coach Bruce Boudreau and the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.


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