(07:50 - 2nd)
(09:36 - 2nd)
(05:33 - 3rd)
WSH: M. Neuvirth (W)
MTL: C. Price (L)
Earlier tonight in Montreal, the Washington Capitals visited Montreal looking to extend their winning streak to 5 in a row. The Habs were without Alexi Emelin (who is out the rest of the season & the playoffs with a lower-body injury), but good news is Rene Bourque made his return to the lineup. 15 minutes in, Prust centred the puck to Eller and he scored to make it 1-0. The shots were 11-7 Capitals in the first.
7:50 into the second, Ovechkin received the puck at the blue-line and he deked his way past Ryder and fired a shot past Price to tie the game. "I beat Ryder and I knew there was lots of traffic in front," Ovechkin said about the goal. "The shot wasn't that hard but it went in, so that's good."2 minutes later, Hillens shot from the point was tipped over the shoulder of Price and in by Fehr to make it 2-1. The shots in the second were 13-10 Montreal. 5 minutes into the third Hillen scored to make it 3-1. Late in the third, Beaulieus shot from the point was tipped past Neuvirth by Eller to cut the lead to 1.
But thats as close as the Habs would get as they lose 3-2. This lose was Montreals first lose to a Southeast division this season (11-1-0). "We knew they were going to make a push, which they did," said Capitals coach Adam Oates. "The building gets electric and it gets hard to play here. It's great for the guys to fight through that and experience that, because it's going to help down the road."In the loss, Price made 24 saves, In the win, Neuvirth made 27 saves as the Capitals are 6-0-1 in their last 7 games at the Bell Centre.
Written By Andrew Di Pardo