Ovechkin gives Capitals overtime win against Bruins in return

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WASHINGTON Alex Ovechkin scored 28 seconds into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena on Saturday.

Ovechkin scored with a wrist shot for NHL goal No. 708, tying Mike Gartner for seventh in history.

The forward was playing his first game since missing four due to NHL COVID-19 protocol.

“For me it was my first game after a 10-day break, so it was kind of weird,” Ovechkin said. “But it’s nice to get a win.”

Trevor van Riemsdyk scored his first goal with the Capitals (6-0-3), who led 3-0. Vitek Vanecek made 40 saves in Zdeno Chara‘s first game with Washington against his former team.

Charlie McAvoy scored the tying goal with 58 seconds left in the third period for the Bruins (5-2-2), who had a four-game winning streak end. Tuukka Rask made 18 saves.

Boston forward David Pastrnak had an assist and played 20:29 in his season debut after having hip surgery Sept. 16.

The Bruins pulled within 3-2 at 6:03 of the third period when McAvoy skated behind the goal line and, just before going behind the net, passed in front to Brad Marchand.

Backstrom gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 18:06 of the first period when he won a puck battle from Patrice Bergeron at the Boston blue line, skated toward the high slot and scored with a high wrist shot.

The Capitals led 2-0 after van Riemsdyk, signed as a free agent Oct. 10, scored on a wrist shot from the right point through a screen at 5:22 of the second period.

Tom Wilson‘s shot deflected in off Richard Panik for a power-play goal that made it 3-0 at 10:03.

The Bruins pulled within 3-1 at 17:32 on a power play when David Krejci‘s shot from the point deflected off Nick Ritchie.

The Capitals played their fifth game without forward Evgeny Kuznetsov and goalie Ilya Samsonov, who remain in the COVID-19 protocol. Defenseman Dmitry Orlov was cleared to return but was scratched.

The teams play again here Monday.

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