November 2, 2018 / 2:42 AM / in 4 months

Canadiens storm back to top Capitals

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Max Domi scored the go-ahead goal with 21.1 seconds left as the host Montreal Canadiens posted three goals in the final four minutes and defeated the Washington Capitals 6-4 on Thursday night.

The Canadiens started quickly and held leads of 1-0 and then 3-1 early in the second period before Washington scored three straight later in the period. Washington had a one-goal lead until Montreal rallied for those three late goals.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored the second of his two goals with 3:04 left and tied the game at four. Domi then stole the puck in the defensive end, raced up ice and fired a shot off goalie Braden Holtby’s glove that gave the Canadiens a 5-4 lead.

Joel Armia (one goal, one assist) added an empty-net goal for the 6-4 final.

Alex Ovechkin and Lars Eller both scored twice for Washington in the finale of its four-game road trip.

Montreal took a 1-0 lead when Kotkaniemi took a quick pass from Armia and fired a shot past Holtby 2:28 into the game. That was his first NHL goal.

But Washington tied it when Eller scored at 6:16. Matt Niskanen (two assists) took a shot from near the blue line that got deflected over to Eller in the left circle, and he easily put it away to make it 1-1.

The second period featured a flurry of goals — starting with two from Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher early. He scored 32 seconds into the period and then again at 3:06 to give the Canadiens a 3-1 lead as the Capitals appeared to be struggling.

But that changed pretty quickly. Ovechkin cut the lead to 3-2 at 6:49 by one-timing a slick backhand pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Then, just 70 seconds later, Eller tied the game by one-timing a pass from Brett Connolly. Washington then took a 4-3 lead on Ovechkin’s second goal of the period as he kind of redirected a shot from Dmitry Orlov in front with 7:07 left.

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