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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Montreal



(Saturday, November 28th)

Final Score: Washington 4, Montreal 3 (SO)

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Nicklas Backstrom scored the lone goal in the shootout to give Washington a 4-3 victory over Montreal at Bell Centre.

After each of the first five attempts were thwarted by the goaltenders, Backstrom calmly reached back and snapped off a quick shot over Carey Price's blocker to end the game.

Eric Fehr tallied twice, including the game-tying goal with 11.4 seconds left in regulation to force extra time and allow Washington a second straight win.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 18th goal of the season and added an assist, while Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves for the win.

Jaroslav Spacek had a goal and an assist with Travis Moen and Tomas Plekanec also picking up scores for the Canadiens, who have lost three of four. Price had 20 saves.

The Habs took a 3-2 lead 5:34 into the third on the power play. A screened Varlamov lost sight of a Marc-Andre Bergeron slap shot as Moen deflected it over the goaltender's glove.

But with 11.4 seconds left and Varlamov on the bench, the Caps tied it after gaining a 6-on-4 thanks to a Paul Mara high-sticking call. Backstrom won a crucial offensive-zone draw, and Ovechkin cranked up a shot from deep on the left side. The rebound dropped in front of the net and Fehr slipped it between the legs of Price to force overtime.

"Late on that power play, Ovechkin put it in front and a I took a whack at it and put it in. We weren't happy with the way things went, when Montreal had us in our own rink," said Fehr of last Friday's 3-2 loss to Montreal in Washington. "We wanted to come in and change things. We battled at the end to put one in."

Fehr and Ovechkin scored 1:12 apart near the halfway point of the first for a quick 2-0 edge.

The Habs got one back on a power-play goal from Spacek 5:40 into the second on a blast from the high slot. Montreal tied it at two with 6:10 left in the period as Roman Hamrlik's shot from the left point was tipped in front and finally batted in by Plekanec.

"It's frustrating. We had the lead with one minute left -- you want to play tough, you don't want to play stupid. We have to be better in the final minutes. We can't do it backing up," said Hamrlik.

Game Notes

Mike Green had his point streak stopped at eight games for the Capitals...Hamrlik registered two assists for Montreal...The Capitals have won five of their last seven over the Canadiens...Montreal's Scott Gomez missed a fourth straight game due to a groin injury suffered in last Friday's game...Washington is 9-0-3 this season when Ovechkin scores.

11/29 01:48:44 ET


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