Vancouver Loses 3rd Straight 6-4 To Washington On 5-Game Road Trip To Open Season

Thatcher Demko #35 of the Canucks saves a shot by Nick Jensen #3 of the Capitals during the second period of the game. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Ovechkin scores twice as Capitals beat Canucks 6-4

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored twice, and the Washington Capitals rallied past old coach Bruce Boudreau and the Vancouver Canucks 6-4 on Monday night for their second consecutive victory.

Ovechkin’s first two goals of the season, 56 seconds in and with 2:58 left in regulation, bookended the Capitals blowing a lead and coming back. Dylan Strome got the comeback started with a power-play goal early in the third, continuing his strong start with his new team, before John Carlson tied it and Conor Sheary put the Capitals ahead.

Winger Connor Brown, a newcomer like Strome, exited with an apparent right leg injury after going into the boards awkwardly early in the third. The team said Brown had a lower-body injury.

Darcy Kuemper #35 of the Capitals is unable to clear the puck from Elias Pettersson #40 of the Canucks who scores a goal on Kuemper’s miscue during the first period of the game. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Washington spoiled Boudreau’s latest chance to reach 600 career regular-season NHL wins. Despite a goal and two assists from Elias Pettersson, Vancouver became the first team to lose each of its first three games after enjoying a multigoal lead in each contest.