NHL Game Summary - Washington at Montreal
(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: Washington 5, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Brian Sutherby scored twice, with the first starting a three-goal opening period for the Washington Capitals, who downed the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 at the Bell Centre.
Brian Willsie and Brooks Laich also scored first-period goals for the Capitals, who have won two of their last three games. Chris Clark added a goal and Olie Kolzig made 43 saves in the win.
"In today's game, no lead is safe," said Kolzig. "I stayed focus right from the beginning to the end."
Michael Ryder scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, losers of four of their last five. Yann Danis had a rough night between the pipes, as he allowed four goals on 17 shots before giving way to Jose Theodore in the second period.
Theodore made two saves in the loss on three shots faced.
It took only 23 seconds for the Capitals to draw first blood. Sutherby controlled the puck in the right circle and fired a pass back to Jamie Heward at the point. Heward's ensuing shot was wide right, but the puck bounced off the wall and towards the net. Sutherby then glided in and shoved the puck past Danis' left pad for the tally.
Washington would extend to a 2-0 lead at the 5:54 mark after Willsie's shot from the right circle deflected past Danis' glove side and into the net. A power-play goal at the 9:20 mark increased the Capitals' lead to three.
Tomas Fleischmann found Jakub Klepis in the high slot, who then ripped a shot towards the net. Danis made the initial save, but Laich was there to net his first career goal off a rebound chance.
"We've been a pretty good team at home, but for us to come in here in one of the best places to play and get a win is huge," said Sutherby.
Clark's unassisted second-period goal made it a 4-0 game 6:25 into the frame and chased Danis. Montreal would then finally get on the board at the 12:40 mark on Ryder's power-play goal.
Sutherby's second goal of the night capped the scoring with 5:34 left in the final stanza.
Washington won for just the second time in 10 games on the road this season...Sutherby now has four goals on the year...Clark also netted his fourth goal...Jeff Halpern recorded his 11th assist of the season on Willsie's goal...Montreal outshot Washington 44-20...Each team netted one power-play goal. The Capitals had five total power plays, while the Canadiens had eight extra-man attacks.
11/19 23:42:02 ET