Capitals Beat Canadiens 4-2 in 2nd Preseason Tune-Up Game

The Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Wednesday night at Bell Centre in Montreal. The victory evened the Capitals preseason record to 1-1. The Capitals return to preseason action Friday night when they host the St. Louis Blues at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is 7PM. 

Philipp Grubauer got the start in goal for the (0-1) Capitals. Carey Price got the start for the (0-1) Canadiens. Both goalies were replaced midway through the second period. The lines and defensive pairs for the second preseason game:

Evgeny Kuznetsov would notch the game’s first tally on the end of a nice offensive zone rush, beating Carey Price low at 5:16 of the opening frame. The goal was on the Capitals first power play of the game.

John Walton with the call:

The Capitals would add another power play goal at 9:52 of the first period. Jakub Vrana and Evgeny Kuznetsov would rush the zone, with Vrana centering a pass on goal from the right wing that was deflected into the net. Vrana was credited with the goal.

John Walton’s radio call:

The period would end with the Capitals leading 2-0. The Canadiens outshot the Capitals 16-5 for the opening frame.

The Canadiens would get on the score board with a power play goal by Charles Hudon at 1:16 of the middle frame, closing the deficit to 2-1.

The teams would replace goalies with 10:38 left in the second period. Pheonix Copley would replace Philipp Grubauer and Charlie Lindgren would replace Carey Price for the Habs.

The Habs would tie the game on a power play goal by Max Pacioretty at the 11:37 mark of the second period.

The period would end with the game tied 2-2. The period concluded with the Habs having a two-man advantage, which would carry over into the final frame. The Habs outshot the Caps 16-9 for the second period and 32-15 through two periods of play.

The Capitals would take the lead on a goal by Devante Smith-Pelly at 14:06 of the final frame.

John Walton with the call:

Tom Wilson would bury an empty-net goal at 18:52 to secure the victory for Washington. John’s Walton’s final call from Bell Centre:

The NHL box score can be found here.


  • Philipp Grubauer – Grubauer probably shouldn’t be listed under “prospect standouts”, but he would shine in the first period and a half.
  • Pheonix Copley – a solid game for Copley, with a number of fine saves. He would save 21 of 22 shots he faced.
  • Jakub Vrana – Vrana looks to be already in sink with Kuznetsov in the early going. There seems to be little doubt he will make the opening night roster.


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Caps earn their first preseason victory in Montreal with a 4-2 win over the Canadiens. Caps lacked offensive production in the first as they trailed greatly with shots on goal, however slick moves got them out of the first period with a 2-0 lead. Evgeny Kuznetsov gets on the board first with his power play goal 5:07 in. Then, about five minutes following, Jakub Vrana adds to the lead. Montreal takes advantage in the second and they end up tying the game at two. Charles Hudson snaps a power play goal only 1:16 into the frame and Max Pacioretty ties the game with 8:23 to go till the third. The beginning of the third was even until Caps got some offense powered up. Connor Hobbs slaps a shot and Devante Smith-Pelly tips in the game winning goal with 5:54 remaining. Finally, Tom Wilson shoots the empty netter goal in the final minute to secure the win. Philipp Grubauer was starting goalie this game and made some marvelous saves, then Phoenix Copley came in and made sure the Caps lead didn't diminish as the Canadiens kept generating good chances. Caps will bring the preseason to D.C. for a first time on Friday with a 7:00pm ET meet up with the St. Louis Blues.

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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8 Responses to Capitals Beat Canadiens 4-2 in 2nd Preseason Tune-Up Game

  1. Anonymous says:

    I didnt see the game. Can someone comment on the young D?

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  5. I thought they looked okay. The shot totals were bad, but they started the game out really well. Bowey looked good as did Vrana.

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  8. This was a solid win. Vrana and DSP stepped it up

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