Three weeks later, the man who led the NHL in points per game last season (1.39) is back to scoring goals.
"He finally got a bounce that went in his direction,'' coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Ovechkin's goal came in the second period, putting in a rebound off of a Mike Green shot. Ovi also recorded an assist in the 3 -2 victory over the Hurricanes. Ovechkin made a quick move to steal the puck at center ice in the first period, beating a defenseman before feeding David Steckel, who scored with a wrist shot.
Mathieu Perreault got the first goal for the Caps, but was forced to leave the game early. Perreault broke his nose in a bloody collision with the Hurricanes' defenseman Tim Gleason, who was ejected over the hit. Boudreau said that Perrault's status is day-to-day.
An announced crowd of 10,477 slogged through the rare 6-inch snow in Raleigh to see the Hurricanes' loss.