Alex Ovechkin had two goals and two assists to lift the Washington Capitals over the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Monday night.

The defending Stanley Cup champions also got goals from John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie.

Vancouver Canucks’ Antoine Roussel, left, of France, and Washington Capitals’ Michal Kempny, of the Czech Republic, fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday Oct. 22, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Troy Stecher and Sven Baertschi scored for the Canucks (5-4-0).

Braden Holtby stopped 22 shots for Washington (4-2-2), while Vancouver’s Anders Nilsson turned away 28.

Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, reacts after getting hit with a stick during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday Oct. 22, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Capitals were first on the scoreboard, notching a goal during four-on-four play 2:20 into the game.

Carlson scored 2:20 into the game and Stecher tied it early in the second before Kuznetsov’s power-play goal made it 2-1 midway through the second.

Washington Capitals’ Jakub Vrana, front left, of the Czech Republic, skates with the puck while being watched by Vancouver Canucks’ Sven Baertschi, of Switzerland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday Oct. 22, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Ovechkin extended the lead with 26 seconds left in the period. His line peppered Nilsson with shots, and the Canucks goalie managed to stop a blast from Nicklas Backstom, but couldn’t contain the rebound. The puck bounced off Ovechkin and into the net.

Baertschi scored 20 seconds into the third period on a power play for his third goal of the year, but Ovechkin added a power-play goal about five minutes later, then assisted as Oshie iced it with his empty-netter.

Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, from left to right, T.J. Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, of Russia, and John Carlson celebrate Kuznetsov’s goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday Oct. 22, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

NOTES: Ovechkin has eight goals in eight games.

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Vancouver Canucks’ Tim Schaller (59) checks Washington Capitals’ Matt Niskanen during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday Oct. 22, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Capitals: Play at Edmonton on Thursday night.

Canucks: Begin a two-game swing at Vegas on Wednesday night before playing the Coyotes on Thursday.

Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Motte (64) slides into Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby after losing control of the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday Oct. 22, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Source: The Associated Press

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