David Desharnais scored his long-awaited first goal of the season, and the Montreal Canadiens took an early three-goal lead Friday night and survived two goals from Alex Ovechkin in a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.
Desharnais, whose scoring drought even attracted the attention of Montreal's new mayor, perched in front of the net to redirect Josh Gorges' drive in the first period. The goal stood after a video review to determine whether Desharnais had scored with a high stick.
Travis Moen also scored his first of the season, and Daniel Briere added a goal for the Canadiens, who have won two straight.
Ovechkin scored on a last first-period power play and again in the third period to give him an NHL-leading 19 goals.