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Washington Capitals Post-Game Notes and Audio, 10/7/17 vs. Montreal

October 7, 2017


Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Postgame Notes and Audio

Capital One Arena | October 7, 2017







Montreal Canadiens





Washington Capitals





Game Summary | Event Summary | @CapitalsPR |


Team Schedule

·        The Capitals will practice on Sunday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 12:15 p.m. with media availability to follow.


Player Notes

·        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).


Team Notes

·        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

Alex Ovechkin

Braden Holtby

Nathan Walker

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz


Carolina Hurricanes Postgame Audio

Karl Alzner

Brendan Gallagher

Kirk Muller

Max Pacioretty

Canadiens head coach Claude Julien