Washington 3, Montreal 2

Saturday, March 31, 2012 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Montreal 29-35-4-11 14-15-2-8 15-20-2-3 L4
Washington 40-31-4-4 25-11-2-2 15-20-2-2 W2


CAPITALS 3, CANADIENS 2 (SO): Alexander Semin scored in the third round of the shootout as host Washington took sole possession of the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.

With the victory, Washington pulled within two points of first-place Florida in the Southeast Division.

Semin, who also had an assist, deked Peter Budaj and fired in a low shot to seal the victory. Matt Hendricks tallied in the first round to give Washington the early advantage.

The Capitals took an early 2-0 lead on goals by Mathieu Perreault and Jay Beagle in the first period.

Erik Cole banged in a rebound for his 32nd goal with 21.5 seconds left in the period to trim the deficit to one.

Tomas Plekanec erased the two-goal deficit in the second period when his shot sailed past Michal Neuvirth and under the crossbar to knot the game at 2-2. Neuvirth rebounded and made 39 saves for his 14th win.

The Canadiens dropped their fourth consecutive contest and remain dead last in the Eastern Conference.

Nicklas Backstrom, who hasn’t played since suffering a concussion on Jan. 3, was held without a point and played just under 20 minutes in his return after missing 40 games.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun (groin) didn't play. ... Canadiens forward Petteri Nokelainen left the game with an upper-body injury. ... The Capitals swept the season series. ... Montreal has dropped six straight road games.

Top Game Performances

Montreal   Washington
Erik Cole 1 Points Jay Beagle 1
Erik Cole 1 Goals Jay Beagle 1
Andrei Markov 1 Assists Karl Alzner 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Peter Budaj .939 Save Percentage Michal Neuvirth .951
Peter Budaj 31 Saves Michal Neuvirth 39

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 41 2 0-4 5-5 10 28
Washington 33 3 0-5 4-4 8 38

Upcoming Games

  • Washington will play its next game on the road against Tampa Bay. The Capitals have a W/L % of .525 after a win and .487 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play its next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .367 after a win and .367 after a loss.
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