Ovechkin helps struggling Caps beat Canadiens 4-1

Alex Ovechkin celebrates his goal Friday night in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alex Ovechkin returned from an injury to combine with Jason Chimera on a pair of goals 16 seconds apart Friday night, and the Washington Capitals ended a three-game losing streak by beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-1.

Ovechkin missed Washington's previous game, at Ottawa on Wednesday, with a lower-body injury.

As it is, the two-time MVP is having what might wind up as his worst NHL season, with only 25 goals and 21 assists so far.

He went into Friday with all of four goals in the preceding month. But Ovechkin's slap shot from the left circle off Dmitry Orlov's pass got past goalie Carey Price at 8:58 of the second period, while the official scoring for Chimera's breakaway goal still was being announced over the loudspeakers.