WASHINGTON — Three Alex Ovechkin goals. Two feet of snow. One big comeback.
The biggest number: 14, the Capitals' win streak after they rallied from a 4-1 deficit and Mike Knuble scored a power-play goal in overtime to beat the Penguins 5-4 on Sunday.
Ovechkin's goals gave him a league-high 42 and came after Penguins star Sidney Crosby tied him at 39 with two in the first.
"Ovie was crazy," said Eric Fehr, who scored Washington's other goal. "He took the team on his back, and he carried us."
With a blizzard in D.C., Pittsburgh needed a five-hour bus ride to get to town, arriving at 2:15 a.m. But there was plenty of energy.
The game featured 74 penalty minutes, including four misconducts. Ovechkin threw the best punch, knocking Kris Letang to the ice and jumping on top of him, drawing just a roughing call.
The final penalties were against Brooks Orpik, who ripped Alexander Semin for overacting to get a high sticking call in overtime.
"The kid's a baby," said Orpik, who also drew a game misconduct for complaining. "He does it all game long. I've got zero respect for the kid."
Around the league: San Jose got defenseman Niclas Wallin and a fifth-round pick from Carolina for a second-round pick. This marks the ninth season for Wallin, 34, including Carolina's Stanley Cup in 2005-06.
First Period—1, Pittsburgh, Crosby 38, 6:59. 2, Pittsburgh, Crosby 39 (Malkin, Goligoski), 9:59 (pp). Penalties—Laich, Was (interference), 9:05; Kunitz, Pit (goaltender interference), 10:55; Eaton, Pit (holding), 13:59; Adams, Pit, major (fighting), 15:51; Knuble, Was, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 15:51.
Second Period—3, Washington, Ovechkin 40 (Schultz), 9:01. 4, Pittsburgh, Staal 15 (Kennedy, Cooke), 11:43. 5, Pittsburgh, Staal 16 (Malkin), 13:07. 6, Washington, Fehr 15 (Morrison), 17:12. Penalties—Gonchar, Pit (holding), :57; Semin, Was (hooking), 6:02; Kennedy, Pit, misconduct, 11:43; Letang, Pit (roughing), 11:43; Ovechkin, Was (roughing), 11:43; Backstrom, Was, misconduct, 11:43; Semin, Was (high-sticking), 18:37; Poti, Was (interference), 19:37.
Third Period—7, Washington, Ovechkin 41 (Poti, Backstrom), 6:51. 8, Washington, Ovechkin 42 (Knuble, Backstrom), 11:06. Penalties—Schultz, Was (slashing), 15:52.
Overtime—9, Washington, Knuble 21 (Ovechkin, Green), 2:49 (pp). Penalties—Orpik, Pit (high-sticking), 2:26; Orpik, Pit, game misconduct, 2:49. Shots on Goal—Pittsburgh 9-15-11-0—35. Washington 15-4-11-4—34. Power-play opportunities—Pittsburgh 1 of 6; Washington 1 of 4. Goalies—Pittsburgh, Fleury 28-16-2 (34 shots-29 saves). Washington, Theodore 20-7-4 (35-31). A—18,277 (18,277).
First Period—1, Boston, McQuaid 1 (Savard), 17:32. 2, Boston, Sturm 17 (P.Bergeron, Chara), 19:56. Penalties—Sturm, Bos (roughing), :39; Gomez, Mon (roughing), :39; Wheeler, Bos, major (fighting), 12:17; O'Byrne, Mon, major (fighting), 12:17.
Second Period—None. Penalties—Morris, Bos (tripping), 12:39.
Third Period—3, Boston, Sturm 18 (P.Bergeron), 9:49. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Boston 13-3-11—27. Montreal 10-15-11—36. Power-play opportunities—Boston 0 of 0; Montreal 0 of 1. Goalies—Boston, Rask 11-7-4 (36 shots-36 saves). Montreal, Halak 17-9-2 (27-24). A—21,273 (21,273).