Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens
Postgame Notes and Audio
Capital One Arena | October 7, 2017
| Montreal Canadiens
| Washington Capitals
· The Capitals will practice on Sunday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 12:15 p.m. with media availability to follow.
· Alex Ovechkin scored four goals for the fourth time in his career. That marks the first time Ovechkin has recorded multi-goal games in the first two games of his career and the first time a player has scored a hat trick in the first two games of the season in 100 years (Cy Denneny, Reb Noble, Joe Malone, 1917).
· Ovechkin’s hat trick was the 19th of his career. That ties him with Peter Bondra for the all-time franchise record.
· Ovechkin recorded his 562nd, 563rd, 564th and his 565th career NHL goal, passing Mats Sundin and Joe Nieuwendyk and placing him at 22nd all-time on the all-time goals list. Ovechkin is now eight goals shy of passing Mike Bossy for 21st all-time in career goals with 573.
· Ovechkin led both teams with eight shots on goal.
· Nathan Walker became the first Australian-national player to debut in the NHL. Walker scored a goal and led the team with four hits.
· Evgeny Kuznetsov finished with four assists. It marked Kuznetsov’s second-straight game with at least three assists. Six of Kuznetsov’s seven assists have come at even strength.
· Nicklas Backstrom finished with two assists. That marks Backstrom’s 126th career multi-assist game.
· Aaron Ness, Devante Smith-Pelly, Andre Burakovsky, Jay Beagle and John Carlson each recorded their first assist of the season. T.J. Oshie scored his first goal of the season.
· Braden Holtby stopped 38 of the 39 shots (.974%), including all seven shots on the penalty kill.
· John Carlson led the team in ice time with 23:08 on 32 shifts.
· Beagle won 11 of his 14 face-offs (79%).
· Taylor Chorney led the team in blocked shots (4).
· Washington has now won three-straight home openers and have earned a point in 15 of their last 16 (14-1-1).
· The Capitals six goals was the most in a home opener since they scored seven against the New Jersey Devils (Oct. 9, 2010)
· The Capitals have scored two or more goals in three of their last four periods of hockey over two games.
· The Capitals won 41 of their 67 face-offs (61%), including 3-of-5 shorthanded (60%) and 21-of-27 in the defensive zone (78%).
· Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 365th consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.
Capitals Postgame Audio
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Carolina Hurricanes Postgame Audio
Canadiens head coach Claude Julien