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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Washington

(Thursday, January 4th)

Final Score: Washington 5, Montreal 1

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Dainius Zubrus and Alexander Semin each had two goals and Alexander Ovechkin picked up three assists as Washington throttled Montreal, 5-1, to end a five-game skid.

Lawrence Nycholat added a goal and an assist while Olaf Kolzig finished with 27 saves for the Capitals, who also ended a four-game skid at home.

Craig Rivet scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, who have lost four of their last six after a five-game winning streak. Netminder Cristobal Huet gave up four goals on 20 shots before he was yanked midway through the second period. David Aebischer took over and ended with 14 saves.

After Montreal struck first on Rivet's power play tally 9:34 into the opening period, Zubrus answered with two first period goals to give Washington the lead.

With 4:39 left in the first and Washington on the power play, Semin's dump-in pass bounced off of the backboards and into the slot where Zubrus stuffed home the rebound off Ovechkin's initial shot to tie the game.

Then, with 2:17 left in the first, Steve Eminger's shot from the right point hit Ovechkin in front and fell to Zubrus, who fired the puck past Huet to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead.

Alex Kovalev appeared to tie the game 7:18 into the second period, but Saku Koivu was whistled for goaltender interference and the goal was nullified.

Just 34 seconds later, Ovechkin found Nycholat for his second goal of the season to make it 3-1.

Then, just under a minute after Nycholat's goal, Semin scored his 18th goal of the season on a 2-on-1 break to chase Huet out of the game.

Semin put an exclamation mark on the game with a breakaway goal in midway through the third period.

Game Notes

Eminger had two assists for Washington while Semin added an assist to finish with a three-point game...Despite the win, the Capitals are just 9-10-3 at home this year...Washington went 1-for-6 on the power play...Montreal finished 1-for-4 on the man-advantage.

01/04 21:51:36 ET

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