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MONTREAL -- Alex Ovechkin scored his 26th goal and the Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to five with a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Jack Hillen assisted on Eric Fehr's go-ahead goal before adding his first of the season. Michal Neuvirth stopped 27 shots for Washington, which leads the Southeast Division with 44 points.

Lars Eller scored twice for Montreal, which had won two in a row and five of six. Carey Price made 24 saves.

The Canadiens, who have nine games left to play, remain first in the Northeast Division with 55 points, one ahead of Boston. The Bruins have 10 games left.

Ovechkin extended his goal-scoring streak to three games 7:50 into the second. The Russian superstar drew Washington even at 1-1 with a shot past Price from the deep slot for his 17th goal in 15 games.

Fehr got credit for his seventh goal at 9:36 to put the Capitals up 2-1. Price stopped Hillen's point shot, only to have the puck pop up and over him before dropping into the net off a scramble.

Hillen made it a two-goal lead 5:33 into the third with his first goal since Dec. 6, 2011.

Eller, who opened the scoring in the first, got his second of the game with 3:22 left in the third to draw Montreal within one.

Price came up with a number of big saves in the early going as Washington took a 9-0 lead in shots.

Montreal got its first shot 6:22 into the game and turned the momentum in its favor.

Alex Galchenyuk started a promising rush and Brandon Prust chased down a puck that went wide behind the net. Prust fed a centering pass to Eller, who was left unmarked in the goalmouth to snap a shot past Neuvirth at 15:44.

NOTES: Canadiens left wing Rene Bourque returned after missing 21 games with because of a concussion. ... Forwards Martin Erat and Joel Ward were both out of the Capitals' lineup with injuries. Ward injured his left leg when he blocked a slap shot by Tampa Bay's Sami Salo on Sunday. Erat, who was acquired from Nashville in a trade-deadline deal, missed his second straight game because of a lower-body injury. ... Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin is out for the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee. He suffered the injury when he checked Boston's Milan Lucic on Saturday night. Emelin had three goals and nine assists in 38 games. ... Montreal right wing Colby Armstrong missed his fourth straight game with a knee injury. Defenseman Raphael Diaz is out with a concussion.
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