He told reporters following the Bruins' win Thursday night that he doesn't "want to poke the bear".
With a 3-0 lead, but being badly outshot, the Caps had too much time to kill.
Despite their energetic start, the Bruins trailed 1-0 after Nicklas Backstrom's laser of a shot beat Tuukka Rask for the lone goal of the period. The next player beyond him in National Hockey League goals is former 1970s Boston star Phil Esposito on 717.
It was also Ovi's 24th overtime game-winning goal, which is an all-time record. Nick Ritchie and Brad Marchand also scored for the Bruins and Patrice Bergeron had three assists.
"We just have to keep building on that, if we play like that every night we're going to win a lot more games than we lose. I think we had many practices against each other and we both compete pretty hard, so I don't expect anything else from him or anybody else".
Richard Panik had the Capitals' third goal, his first of the season, on a deflection on the power play at 10:03 of the second. The defenseman, who was a healthy scratch for the season's first five games, scored his first goal with the Capitals on a point shot through traffic.
"They tie it up late; you could crumble at that point", Laviolette said.
Laviolette did not have an update on when Kuznetsov or Samsonov might be cleared to skate or play. It was ascertained that Ovechkin, ahead Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and Samsonov were in precisely the exact same hotel room, which violates the NHL's rigorous road excursion rules for its 2021 season.
Ovechkin and three Russian teammates were sent onto the Covid-19 list and the Capitals were fined $100,000 by the National Hockey League for "social interactions among team members who were in close contact and who were not wearing face coverings" after players reportedly gathered without masks in a hotel room. Eller missed his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury after he was crunched along the boards Tuesday in a win over the New York Islanders.
Former Bruins captain Zdeno Chara played nearly 21 minutes in his first game against his former team. Chara - that does not wear a visor - took a puck to the face in the first time but returned to the second and did not miss a change.