Alexander Ovechkin scores twice, lifts Caps to win

Alexander Ovechkin scored two power play goals to lift the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins.  The Caps have won two consecutive games since the Olympic break.

Ovechkin tallied the first two goals of the game, both on the Caps’ man advantage.  Ovechkin’s first goal was a classic Alex Ovechkin power play goal with the nasty slapper fed by John Carlson.  Caps out shot the Bruins 13-7 in the first period and took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Ovechkin got the Caps off to a quick start in the second period with his second power play goal of the game, coming at the 2:24 mark of the second period.  Joel Ward entered the power play zone, dumped a pass to Marcus Johansson, who fed Ovechkin with a little backhand pass and Ovi buried his 43rd goal of the season.  Ovechkin now has 5 points over the last two games since the break.   His 43rd goal of the season also marked his 800th career point.   Joel Ward gave the Caps a 3-0 lead, taking the puck off the face-off and scoring on Tuukka Rask.  However, the Caps 3-0 lead would not last, as the Bruins rallied for two goals in the second period narrow the Caps lead to 3-2 into the second intermission.

Eric Fehr added the icing on the cake with his 10th of the season and the dagger to the heart of the Bruins’ faithful.  Fehr’s tally was a breakaway that he buried past Rask.

Boston out shot Washington 38-31.  Braden Holtby earned his 19th win of the season stopping 36 of 38 shots.  The Capitals were 2 for 6 on the power play and 4 for 5 on the penalty kill.