MONTREAL (AP) - Alex Ovechkin returned from an injury that sidelined him two games to start a four-goal second period as the Washington Capitals ended a seven-game winless run with a 5-0 victory over the slumping Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
John Erskine, Jay Beagle and John Carlson also scored in the middle period as the Capitals, who had scored only three goals in their four previous games, dominated the first half of the game and then shut Montreal down. The Canadiens have lost four in a row and five of six.
Casey Wellman, recalled Saturday from AHL Hershey, got his first goal of the season on a feed from Ovechkin on a 2-on-1 counterattack 8:38 into the third period.
Caps goalie Braden Holtby improved his record against Montreal to 5-0-0 with four shutouts.