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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Washington

(Friday, November 28th)

Final Score: Washington 3, Montreal 0

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Tomas Fleischmann scored the deciding goal in the opening period and Jose Theodore earned his 27th career shutout as the Washington Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 3-0, at the Verizon Center.

Theodore, who played for the Canadiens from 1995-2006, stopped all 28 shots, while Alexander Ovechkin and David Steckel also tallied for Washington, which has won two straight after dropping its previous three games.

"The only reason [beating Montreal] means more is because we had so many injuries," Theodore said. "And to see the guys come in and be able to step in, that just shows a lot of character in beating a really good team."

Ovechkin, who recorded his sixth career hat trick and added an assist in leading Washington to a 5-3 decision over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night, extended his point streak to 10 games. He has 11 goals and 11 assists over that span.

Jaroslav Halak was solid in the net for Montreal, turning aside 27-of-30 shots. The Habs have lost six of their last nine games.

With the Capitals nursing a 1-0 lead after two periods of play, Washington got some insurance 3:42 into the third, thanks to a great effort by Ovechkin. The Russian star gathered the puck below the goal line on the left side, made a power move toward the net and tucked it past Halak on the stick side to make it a 2-0 game.

Steckel then re-directed a Sami Lepisto wrist shot past the Montreal goaltender at 8:46 to put the Caps up by three.

Washington opened the scoring with 8:57 left in the first stanza off a brutal turnover by Montreal. After Francis Bouillon controlled the puck behind his own goal, he lazily dished it out front, right onto the stick of Fleischmann. The veteran winger then did a give-and-go with Michael Nylander before ripping a shot past an out-of-position Halak from in close on the right side.

Despite a scoreless second period, both netminders were kept busy. Theodore stopped all 13 shots faced, while Halak turned aside seven.

"[Theodore] was good, he was lucky at some times," Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau said. "You make your own luck. He made the saves when he had to, but we really didn't test him."

Game Notes

Montreal begins a season-long seven-game homestand against Buffalo on Saturday, while Washington plays at Columbus... The Capitals were without several key players for the contest, including: defensemen Tom Poti (groin) and Mike Green (shoulder), and forwards Sergei Fedorov (ankle) and Alexander Semin (back)...Montreal left winger Alex Tanguay missed the game due to injury...Washington has not suffered a regulation loss at home this season (10-0-1)...The Canadiens have been defeated in three of their last four stops to Washington.

11/29 00:19:59 ET

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