NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Washington
(Friday, November 20th)
Final Score: Montreal 3, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Carey Price made 32 saves to help the Montreal Canadiens take down the Washington Capitals, 3-2, at Verizon Center.
Michael Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec each had a goal and an assist, while Travis Moen also lit the lamp for the Canadiens, who have won three of their last four games.
Eric Fehr and Brendan Morrison both scored for Washington, while Michal Neuvirth was charged with three goals on 22 shots for the Capitals, who had won five of six coming into the contest.
"They played a really smart game tonight, " said Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. "We weren't ready to play the game. There are no easy wins in the NHL and we didn't play with any urgency tonight.
The Caps got the only goal of the first period on Fehr's wrister from the left circle that beat Price at the 11:52 mark of the frame.
Just 3:59 into the second period, the Canadiens tied the game, as Roman Hamrlik's slapshot from the left point was redirected past Neuvirth by Moen in front.
Montreal then took the lead less than three minutes later. Forcing play in the Washington end, Montreal had several shots on net and was finally able to get through, as Andrei Kostitsyn sent a pass from the right circle to the slot where Plekanec shot it home for his fifth goal of the year and a 2-1 lead.
Skating on the power play in the third, Montreal increased its lead. With Brooks Laich in the box for tripping, Paul Mara sent a pass from the high slot to the top of the right circle where Cammalleri one-timed it into the net for a 3-1 lead with 7:31 to play.
The goal proved fortunate, as Washington made it a one-goal game with 2:32 to play. Mike Green threw a soft shot on net from the high slot that Morrison grabbed, and Morrison slipped a backhander in.
Just 40 seconds later, Maxim Lapierre was called for hooking to give the Caps a power play, and the hosts pulled Neuvrith for a 6-on-4 advantage. The best chance came on a Green shot from the right point, but it went off the post, and the Canadiens held on for the win.
Montreal hosts Detroit on Saturday...The Capitals play in Toronto on Saturday...The Caps took three of four games against the Habs last season... Montreal went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Washington failed to score on any of its three chances.
11/20 23:07:48 ET