Washington 4, Montreal 1

Friday, February 24, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Montreal 24-28-2-8 11-14-2-6 13-14-0-2 L3
Washington 30-26-2-3 20-8-0-2 10-18-2-1 W1


CAPITALS 4, CANADIENS 1: Jason Chimera and captain Alex Ovechkin scored 16 seconds apart in the second period and Washington snapped a three-game losing skid by beating visiting Montreal.

Chimera, who assisted on Mathieu Perreault’s first-period goal, took a pass from Alexander Semin and scored on a breakaway 8:42 into the second.

Ovechkin, who returned after missing the last game with a lower-body injury, quickly hammered home a one-timer from the left circle off a pass from defenseman Dmitry Orlov for a 3-0 lead.

Michal Neuvirth made 30 saves to gain his first win since Jan. 18, when he shut out Montreal. 

Rene Bourque scored a shorthanded goal 3:42 into the third period for Montreal.

The Capitals, who are 8-0-2 against Canadiens in their last 10 meetings, moved within two points of the first-place Winnipeg Jets in Southeast Division.

Perreault gave the Caps a 1-0 lead 6:58 into the game off a turnover.

Chimera stole a clearing pass on the left boards and sent a diagonal pass to the right side of the net where Perreault delivered his 11th goal.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Capitals have won 20 home games, more than anyone else in the Eastern Conference. ... Montreal is 1-4-1 in its last six games. ... Washington’s Joel Ward scored an empty-netter in the final minute, his first tally since Jan. 7. ... Montreal goalie Carey Price made his 10th straight start.

Top Game Performances

Montreal   Washington
Rene Bourque 1 Points Jason Chimera 2
Rene Bourque 1 Goals Jason Chimera 1
Alexei Emelin 1 Assists Jason Chimera 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
Rene Bourque 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Carey Price .870 Save Percentage Michal Neuvirth .968
Carey Price 20 Saves Michal Neuvirth 30

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 31 1 0-4 6-6 12 32
Washington 24 4 0-6 4-4 8 32

Upcoming Games

  • Washington will play its next game on the road against Toronto. The Capitals have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .484 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play its next game on the road against Florida. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .378 after a loss.
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