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Desharnais finally scores 1st of season, Ovechkin gets 2 as Canadiens top Capitals 3-2

  • Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward, left, and Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj (30), of Czech Republic, stand by as the puck bounces off Budaj's shoulder, in the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward, left, and Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj (30), of Czech Republic, stand by as the puck bounces off Budaj's shoulder, in the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, celebrates after his goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, celebrates after his goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer (20) and Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer (20) and Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban fight in the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)  (The Associated Press)

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.