Washington 3, Montreal 2

Friday, November 29, 2013 5:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Montreal 14-9-0-3 7-5-0-2 7-4-0-1 L1
Washington 13-11-0-2 9-6-0-0 4-5-0-2 W1


Capitals 3, Canadiens 2 (SO): Mikhail Grabovski scored the tying goal late in the third period before registering the deciding tally in the fourth round of the shootout as host Washington halted a four-game winless drought.

Grabovski faked a slap shot in the bonus format before zipping his attempt between the pads of Peter Budaj as the Capitals ended Montreal's four-game winning streak and avenged a 3-2 home loss to the Canadiens eight days ago. Eric Fehr added a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby made 35 saves before clinching the victory by poking away Tomas Plekanec's final shootout attempt.

Danny Briere and Plekanec scored goals and captain Brian Gionta collected a pair of assists for the Canadiens, who have earned a point in eight of their last nine games (6-1-2). Budaj turned aside 24 shots and surrendered three goals on four attempts in the shootout.

Briere scored his third goal in five games with 4:40 left in the opening period, stuffing his own wraparound attempt between the pads of Holtby, who was forced into the net when Michal Neuvirth was injured during pregame warmups. The Capitals pulled even at 5:17 of the second period when Grabovski stole the puck from Budaj behind the net and fed Fehr in front for an open gimme.

Montreal answered only 67 seconds later when Gionta's shot deflect off defenseman John Carlson to Plekanec, who swept it home from the right side for a 2-1 edge. It stay that way until there was 5:32 left in regulation, when Grabovski quickly settled a bouncing pass from Fehr and slipped a shot through the pads of Budaj from the edge of the left circle.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Fehr and captain Alex Ovechkin scored in the first two rounds of the shootout for Washington while Cs Lars Eller and David Desharnais did the same for Montreal. ... Neuvirth suffered a lower-body injury prior to the game and had to be assisted to the locker room, forcing Capitals video coach Brett Leonhardt to serve as the backup goaltender. Neuvirth also had to leave practice earlier in the week with a lower-body injury but the team said the ailments were not related. ... Gionta had his first multiple-point game since Oct. 24 to boost his career totals against Washington to 10 goals and 13 assists in 34 games.

Top Game Performances

Montreal   Washington
Tomas Plekanec 2 Points Eric Fehr 2
Tomas Plekanec 1 Goals Eric Fehr 1
Brian Gionta 2 Assists Eric Fehr 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Peter Budaj .923 Save Percentage Braden Holtby .946
Peter Budaj 24 Saves Braden Holtby 35

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 37 2 0-2 4-4 10 36
Washington 26 3 0-4 2-2 6 33

Upcoming Games

  • Washington will play its next game on the road against NY Islanders. The Capitals have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .429 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play its next game at home against Toronto. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .467 after a win and .636 after a loss.
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