Capitals Down Canadiens 2-1, Win 4th Consecutive Metropolitan Division Title

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The Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 Thursday night at Capital One Arena. The win gives Washington their fourth-consecutive Metropolitan Division title. The Capitals will wrap-up the regular season on Saturday when they host the New York Islanders. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM. 

Braden Holtby (31-19-5, 2.85 GAA, .910 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the defensing champs. Carey Price (35-23-6, 2.50 GAA, .917 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Canadiens. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:



Scratches: Jonas Siegenthaler, Dmitrij Jaskin and Chandler Stephenson.

The Capitals opened the scoring late in the first frame with a dirty goal from Lars Eller at 18:36 of the first period. Brett Connolly and Carl Hagelin were credited with the helpers.

But the Canadiens would answer just before the end of the period. Shea Weber would pot the game-tying tally with a power play goal at 19:32 of the opening frame.

The first period would end with the game tied 1-1. The Canadiens out-attempted the Caps 25-11 and led in shots on goal 13-9 after 20 minutes of play.

The Capitals would grab a 2-1 lead with a goal early in the middle frame from Nic Dowd at 2:58 of the second period. Andre Burakovsky was credited with the lone assist.

And that would be all of the scoring in the second period. The Habs out-attempted the Capitals 21-16 for the second period, with the Capitals leading in shots on goal 11-7.

The Capitals and Canadiens would go scoreless in the final frame. Montreal outshot Washington 12-11 in the final frame.


  • The Capitals became the third reigning Stanley Cup champion to win its division since 2003-04 (Bruins in 2011-12 and Red Wings in 2008-09).
  • Braden Holtby stopped 33 of 34 shots he faced.
  • Lars Eller opened the scoring for the Capitals with his 13th goal of the season and his sixth point (5g, 1a) in his nine career games against Montreal.
  • Nic Dowd scored his eighth goal of the season. Before joining the Caps this season, Dowd had nine career goals.
  • The NHL box score is here.


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About Jon Sorensen

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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