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3 stars of the game: Alex Ovechkin to the rescue in Carolina

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3 stars of the game: Alex Ovechkin to the rescue in Carolina

It was Alex Ovechkin to the rescue on Tuesday as the Caps' captain scored both the game-tying and game-winning goal in a 5-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Caps squandered a 3-1 lead as Carolina scored three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead in the third. Ovechkin then scored on his first shot of the game off a Hurricanes turnover. He then finished off Carolina with an overtime winner to beat Cam Ward.

Here are the three stars of the game.

1. Alex Ovechkin

When the Caps needed a goal with time ticking away in the third period, Ovechkin delivered. His pressure on Jaccob Slavin forced a critical turnover right to the stick of Nicklas Backstrom. Ovechkin also had the presence of mind to head to the net after Slavin tried to fling the puck up the ice, getting him in behind the defense to receive the pass from Backstrom and score the game-tying goal.

Ovechkin also added the overtime winner for good measure, faking a shot to take Slavin off balance then firing a wrister past Cam Ward to finish off Carolina.

He had only two shots on the night, both goals.

2. Victor Rask

Rask pounced on a horrible turnover by John Carlson in the first period to open the scoring and was left wide open in the high slot in the second period to wrist his second goal of the night past Braden Holtby.

He kept up the pressure all game with five shots on goal.

3. Devante Smith-Pelly

Smith-Pelly showed he is not out of place at all on the top line with a first period goal off a pretty sweet wrister to give Washington a 2-1 lead.

Shots were hard to come by for the Caps for much of the game, but Smith-Pelly was able to get plenty of pressure on the net with a team-high five shots on goal.

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Game 47: Capitals vs. Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 47: Capitals vs. Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME?

The Capitals (28-14-4) take on the Canadiens (18-21-6) Friday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET in Washington.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at  6:30 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 7:00 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:30 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:30 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:30 p.m. — Capitals vs. Canadiens
10:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:30 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-CANADIENS GAME?

The Capitals-Canadiens game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

The game is also available to stream, along with all the pregame and postgame shows, on fuboTV (try for free).

CAPITALS-CANADIENS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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4 reasons the Caps lost to the Devils

4 reasons the Caps lost to the Devils

The Capitals returned from the bye week and battled back from a 3-1 deficit to earn a well-deserved point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils. Here are the reasons why Washington finished the game on the losing end.

Getting behind the defense

Three of New Jersey's four goals came on breakaways. Marcus Johansson launched Drew Stafford on a break after a bad pass from Devante Smith-Pelly was misplayed by Dmitry Orlov at the blue line. Sami Vatanen took the puck off a Devils' faceoff win and saw Miles Wood had a step on the defense. Vatanen flipped the puck over everyone's heads into open space creating a footrace that he knew Wood would win for the breakaway. The game very fittingly ended on another breakaway in overtime. The Caps lost not one, but two board battles as Vatanen tipped the puck past Dmitry Orlov on the boards up to Hall who then tipped the puck past Evgeny Kuznetsov to set himself up for the break. More on that later.

Holding their fire

Not getting enough shots has been a problem for the Caps. They rank dead last in the NHL in shots on goal per game. It's something we have talked about before. So how did they look out of the break? Just as bad. This game lasted 60:34 with 60 regulation minutes and 34 seconds in overtime. In that time, Washington managed just 19 shots on goal. New Jersey had 32. That's just not good enough. If you go one step farther and look at total shot attempts, the Caps were still outshot badly 56-44.

Power play

The power play was an absolute mess in this game. Tom Wilson drew three penalties and Washington had five total power plays and they were unable to score on any of them. They looked completely out of sync, especially on zone entries. Yes, the Capitals are returning from a bye week. They were scheduled to practice on Wednesday in New Jersey, but travel delays forced them to cancel. A certain amount of rust is to be expected. But they are too good to be a middle of the pack power play team and they are way, way too good to play as badly as they played Thursday.

Two failed board battles

We have already touched on the overtime winner that was set up by two tips off the boards. You can watch the play here.

Vatanen originally tipped the puck past Orlov who took a weird angle in his approach. It looked like he could have beaten Vatanen to the puck, but seemed to pull back. Perhaps he thought the puck was moving faster and would get to him before Vatanen could get there. Once the puck was past him, it was a race between Kuznetsov and Hall. Hall was going full speed, but similarly to Orlov, Kuznetsov seemed to pull back a bit allowing Hall to beat him to it. Either Orlov or Kuznetsov should have been able to slow the play at the very least by challenging the puck. For whatever reason, they misjudged the play and it resulted in the loss.

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