x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Ovechkin scores two and sets up another as Caps beat the Bruins

Last season's MVP and top goalscorer Alex Ovechkin has started the new NHL season the way he finished the old one.

Alex Ovechkin has started the new NHL season the way he finished the old one. Ovechkin, last season's MVP and top goalscorer, scored two goals and set up another as the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on the opening night of the season. "If you give him too much time to shoot, he will make you look bad," the Bruins defenceman Dennis Wideman said after Thursday's game. "He is the hardest-working and hardest-hitting superstar in the league." Elsewhere, the Colorado Avalanche had a surprise 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 thanks to a goal from defenceman Josh Gorges with 12.8 seconds left in overtime. But the real hero was Montreal goalie Carey Price, who made 43 saves. Calgary beat Vancouver 5-3 in the other opening-night game. sports@thenational.ae