Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Game #52 Recap: Caps 2 Montreal 3 (OT-SO)

The Capitals started the game the way we all know they can play. They pushed back the Montreal with aggressive play and took a 2-0 lead after the first period. They scored on the power play for the first time in 6 games. Everything was going well until the Caps took 4 consecutive penalties that wiped all the good momentum out of the game for the Capitals. Two mistakes in the the second period led to odd man rushed that ended up in the back of the Capitals net. The third period was more of the same as the Caps were called for more penalties and mustered on sustained offense. In the overtime Washington managed again could not gain any traction in the offensive zone and the game went to the shootout. Montreal scored the only goal in the tiebreaker contest as Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Hendricks and Alex Ovechkin all failed to score. The Capitals next head to Tampa to take on the Southeast division leading Lightning for a Friday match up.

Of Note:
  • Matt Bradley played in his 600th career NHL game. 
  • Mathieu Perrault got the Caps on the board first with an unassisted goal at 2:29 of the first period. He also picked up the first power play assist of his career when he chipped the puck to Mike Green who delivered an unbelievable pass to Mike Knuble for a slam dunk goal.
  • Semyon Varlamov play exceptional in goal for the Capitals. He stopped 36 of 38 shots in the game and 11 for 11 with Montreal on the power play.
  • The Capitals were 1 for 3 on the power play while the penalty killers were a perfect 6 for 6.
Official Recap
Game Summary
Event Summary
Shootout Summary

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