Three goals from Alex Ovechkin. Two feet of snow on the ground. One big comeback against a detested rival, with punches and name-calling added for good measure.
The biggest number of all: 14, the length of a winning streak topped by only two other teams in NHL history.
"It was what people pay to see, when the superstars shine," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "There's tension and there's excitement and there's physical play and there's passion on both sides. That's what hockey is all about."
Ovechkin's three-goal burst gave him a league-high 42; he pulled away from Crosby after the Pittsburgh center tied him at 39 by scoring a pair in the first period. The fans who braved atrocious travel conditions threw red hats on the ice when Ovechkin tied it with 8:54 to play, completing a comeback from a 4-1 second-period deficit.
The celebration reached another level when Mike Knuble poked in a rebound 2:49 into overtime after Ovechkin's shot hit the post during a power play. Washington got the man advantage when Brooks Orpik was sent off for high-sticking Alexander Semin, a call that prompted Orpik to call Semin "a baby."
Washington's winning streak is tied for the third longest in league history and is three shy of the record of 17, set by the Penguins from March 9-April 10, 1993.
In a game with 74 penalty minutes, including four misconducts, Ovechkin threw probably the best punch, knocking Kris Letang to the ice and jumping on top of the defenseman, a bit of aggression that was deemed worthy of just a roughing penalty.Bruins 3, Canadiens 0: Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for his third shutout as visiting Boston ended its losing streak at 10 games. - AP