The Washington Capitals bounced right back from being shut out and blanked the struggling Montreal Canadiens.
Michal Neuvirth made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season and Alex Ovechkin scored his 19th goal on a power play midway through the second period to lift Washington to a 3-0 victory over Montreal on Wednesday night.
Mathieu Perreault and Marcus Johansson scored first-period goals for the Capitals, who recovered from a 3-0 home loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday to win for the third time in four games.
''Those were two huge goals in the first period and it gave us (room to) breathe,'' said Ovechkin, who drove a slap shot from the right point through traffic and past Carey Price for his 19th goal 10:44 into the second.
Neuvirth, who made his first start in 11 games, recorded his sixth NHL shutout. It was his first since a 26-save effort in a 1-0 win in Winnipeg on Dec. 15.
Price stopped 13 shots for the Canadiens, 4-10-1 in their past 15 games -- the last ...