NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Washington
(Tuesday, January 5th)
Final Score: Washington 4, Montreal 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alexander Semin scored a pair of goals, as the Washington Capitals held off the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, at Verizon Center.
Tomas Fleischmann scored a goal and dished out two assists for the Capitals, who snapped a three-game skid. Eric Fehr had the other score for Washington, which got 24 saves from Michal Neuvirth.
"I thought he played a really good game," said Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau of Fleischmann. "Whether it was on the wing or in the middle, I thought he competed so hard tonight. His positioning was really good, I thought, for a guy that hadn't played center."
Josh Gorges and Benoit Pouliot lit the lamp for the Canadiens, who have lost two straight and three of five overall. Carey Price turned aside 39-of-43 shots for Montreal, which was without forwards Sergei and Andrei Kostitsyn due to lower-body injuries.
"They have a lot of different options," said Price. "Ovi [Alex Ovechkin] is not the only player who can put the puck in the net. They've got a lot of players up front, but they've got Greener [Mike Green] on the back side. But, they have a lot of offense on this team."
Down 3-1, the Canadiens scored a power-play goal at the 11:10 of the third to cut the gap to one after Marc-Andre Bergeron's pass from the right circle was chipped in by Pouliot.
Semin's slapper with 2:02 remaining put Washington ahead by two again and the visitors couldn't dent Neuvirth despite skating with an extra attacker for the final 1:35.
After a scoreless first period, Fleischmann put the Capitals on the board at the 5:14 mark of the second. With two seconds remaining on a power play, Fleischmann controlled the disc at the bottom of the right circle before firing a wrister past Price.
Gorges lit the lamp with 5:57 remaining to deadlock the tilt at 1-1 when his shot from the right point deflected off the stick Fleischmann and made its way into the back of the net.
Washington responded with a pair of goals that were separated by just 36 seconds. Fehr slid a pass from the left circle to the front of the net, where a Montreal player accidentally kicked the puck into the net with 4:15 left.
Semin's wrister from the top of the slot beat Price to give the Capitals a two-goal edge heading to the third.
Montreal was also without defenseman Ryan O'Byrne due to personal reasons...The Caps lead the season series with the Canadiens, 2-1...Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin was the named captain on Tuesday. Ovechkin, who has been one of Washington's alternate captains since his second season in the league, succeeds Chris Clark as Capitals' captain following Clark's trade to Columbus last week.
01/06 01:24:37 ET