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Ovechkin, Caps rally for 14th straight win

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.

at Capitals 0 2 2 1 5
Penguins 2 2 0 0 4
at Capitals 0 2 2 1 5
Penguins 2 2 0 0 4

First Period1, Pittsburgh, Crosby 38, 6:59. 2, Pittsburgh, Crosby 39 (Malkin, Goligoski), 9:59 (pp). PenaltiesLaich, 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 Period3, 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. PenaltiesGonchar, 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 Period7, Washington, Ovechkin 41 (Poti, Backstrom), 6:51. 8, Washington, Ovechkin 42 (Knuble, Backstrom), 11:06. PenaltiesSchultz, Was (slashing), 15:52.

Overtime9, Washington, Knuble 21 (Ovechkin, Green), 2:49 (pp). PenaltiesOrpik, Pit (high-sticking), 2:26; Orpik, Pit, game misconduct, 2:49. Shots on GoalPittsburgh 9-15-11-0—35. Washington 15-4-11-4—34. Power-play opportunitiesPittsburgh 1 of 6; Washington 1 of 4. GoaliesPittsburgh, Fleury 28-16-2 (34 shots-29 saves). Washington, Theodore 20-7-4 (35-31). A18,277 (18,277).

Bruins 2 0 1 3
at Canadiens 0 0 0 0
Bruins 2 0 1 3
at Canadiens 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Boston, McQuaid 1 (Savard), 17:32. 2, Boston, Sturm 17 (P.Bergeron, Chara), 19:56. PenaltiesSturm, Bos (roughing), :39; Gomez, Mon (roughing), :39; Wheeler, Bos, major (fighting), 12:17; O'Byrne, Mon, major (fighting), 12:17.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesMorris, Bos (tripping), 12:39.

Third Period3, Boston, Sturm 18 (P.Bergeron), 9:49. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBoston 13-3-11—27. Montreal 10-15-11—36. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 0 of 0; Montreal 0 of 1. GoaliesBoston, Rask 11-7-4 (36 shots-36 saves). Montreal, Halak 17-9-2 (27-24). A21,273 (21,273).

Fast facts

Longest win streaks

Team No. Sea. OT SO

Penguins 17 '92-93 2—

Islanders 15 '81-82——

Capitals 14 '09-10 1 1

Bruins 14 '29-30——

Devils 13 '00-01 2—

Note: Overtime began in 1983-84, shootouts in 2005-06

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