The Washington Capitals scored two unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Canadiens 4-2 at Montreal’s Bell Centre Tuesday night.  It was the Capitals ninth win in a row.  Marcus Johansson scored twice for the Capitals including the game winner early in the third period.  Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble also scored for Washington.  For the Canadiens it was Travis Moen and Andrei Kostitsyn.  The Capitals outshot the Canadiens 41-26.  The Canadiens played the third period with only ten available forwards after both Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Halpern went down with “lower body” injuries.

Summing it Up –

…….There is only one reason this game was a close at it was…..Carey Price.  Price tried to singlehandedly steal this game.  If he had been successful, it would have been highway robbery because the Canadiens were far from good enough to beat the Capitals on this night; a Capitals team that, at least at this point in time, is a far cry from the club that Montreal eliminated in the first round of last year’s playoffs.

……After a string of successes the Canadiens came up flat in this one.   They played a tentative game, allowing the Capitals to get to the puck first far too many times for any hope of a successful night.

……In hindsight, whatever slim remaining hope of winning this game ended when Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Halpern, two thirds of the Canadiens top line,  didn’t come out of the dressing room for the third period.  Jacques Martin was left with three lines;   Cammalleri joining David Desharnais and Benoit Pouliot .  Pyatt become the odd man out.

……There were some good things in this game, but most of them came from the third and fourth lines.  While the top two units were outworked all night long, nobody outworked Desharnais and Eller.  Eller made a perfect between-the-legs drop pass to Kostitsyn for the goal that tied the game.   Kostitsyn was the game’s third star.  That’s 4 goals, 6 assists his last ten games. 

……Desharnais had a team-high four shots on goal and wound up with 21 shifts and sixteen minutes of ice time, four minutes more than he’s used to getting.  As in Eller’s case, Jacques Martin’s faith in Desharnais is growing.  He  got  regular work on both the power play and penalty killing units as well as 13:38 five-on-five.   

……On defence, Hamrlik was good.  Gill and Subban also were steady although Subban’s mistake led to the game winning goal when he left his position to cover Ovechkin.   Mara was all right on the third pairing, but it was a rough night for Yannick Weber.

……In the end, the Capitals did everything better than the Canadiens.  Could have been 7-2 not 4-2.  Thank Carey Price for that much.

The Goalscorers – Washington – Johansson (10th) PPG (Wideman-Holtby); Laich (16th) (Alzner-Carlson); Johansson (11th) (Ovechkin); Knuble (17th) PPG (Sturm).    Canadiens – Moen (5th) (unassisted); Kostitsyn (17th) (Eller-Subban).

Shots on Goal – Washington –  16-19-6 =  41    Canadiens –  12-6-8 = 26

The Three Stars – First – Marcus Johansson (2 goals – 4 shots)    Second – Carey Price (stopped 37 of 41 shots)     Third – Andrei Kostitsyn (1 goal – 2 shots)

The Corsi/Fenwick Numb ers

 

Game Number Team Player Number Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
21045 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 1 0 6 14 4 6 -9 3 5 -11
21045 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 0 2 6 16 0 4 -16 2 6 -20
21045 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 0 1 2 4 0 1 -4 1 2 -5
21045 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 0 1 2 3 0 1 -3 0 2 -5
21045 MTL 20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES 1 0 7 18 4 5 -11 4 5 -12
21045 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 1 0 8 6 4 5 2 3 3 2
21045 MTL 22 – D – MARA, PAUL 0 0 3 6 1 1 -3 2 0 -1
21045 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 2 2 19 30 8 11 -14 8 10 -16
21045 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 1 0 4 7 2 3 -3 3 3 -3
21045 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 1 1 10 10 4 4 0 3 5 -2
21045 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 1 0 3 14 2 3 -11 1 3 -13
21045 MTL 53 – C – WHITE, RYAN 1 1 3 8 2 2 -5 0 2 -7
21045 MTL 57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT 0 0 6 2 2 2 4 4 1 7
21045 MTL 58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 0 1 9 4 2 2 4 3 1 6
21045 MTL 68 – D – WEBER, YANNICK 0 0 2 12 1 3 -12 2 2 -12
21045 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 1 1 7 6 3 4 0 3 3 0
21045 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 1 2 9 8 3 5 -2 2 5 -5
21045 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 1 0 2 8 3 2 -4 1 2 -5
21045 MTL 94 – C – PYATT, TOM 0 0 6 2 2 0 6