Canadiens Power Past Capitals 5-2, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov Score For Washington

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The Montreal Canadiens thumped the Washington Capitals 5-2 Friday night at Capital One Arena. The loss drops the Capitals record to 14-3-4 (32 points) on the season, good enough for first place in the Metropolitan Division, five points ahead of the New York Islanders. The Capitals are back in action on Saturday when they visit the Boston Bruins. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 PM.


After a scoreless opening frame, the Canadiens would score four goals in the middle frame for a 4-0 lead at the second intermission. The Caps would answer with two goals early in the final frame to make it 4-2, but could inch any closer. The Canadiens would add an empty net goal at the end for the 5-2 win.

Ilya Samsonov (5-1-0-1, 2.45 GAA, .915 sv%) got the start in goal for the Capitals. Carey Price (9-4-0-2, 2.65 GAA, .916 sv% ) got the start between the pipes for the Canadiens. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Carl Hagelin (Upper-body injury – day-to-day), Nic Dowd (hand laceration – day-to-day).

The Capitals re-assigned Travis Boyd and Tyler Lewington to Hershey on Monday, in order to make salary cap space for the return of Richard Panik. The Capitals then recalled Lewington on Friday to face the Canadiens. With the injury to Hagelin, the Capitals roster for the game included 11 forwards and seven defensemen.

The Capitals and Canadiens skated to a scoreless draw if the first frame. The Canadiens had a healthy advantage with the possession, leading in shot attempts 26-16. The led in shots on goal 15-9. There were no penalties called in the first period.

The Canadiens would finally dent twine with a tally from Phillip Danault at 6:22 of the middle frame.

The Canadiens would extend their lead to 2-0 with a missle from Shea Weber at 9:16 of the second period.

The Canadiens would make it 3-0 with a tally from Jordan Weal at 11:41 of the second period.

The Canadiens would make it 4-0 with a goal from Nick Suzuki at 14:42 of the second period.

The second period would come to a close with the Canadiens leading 4-0. Montreal led in shots on goal 15-9 and 30-18 for the first 40 minutes.

The Caps would see their first power play of the game just over four minutes into the third period after the Canadiens were nailed for interference. The Capitals wouldn’t disappoint and got on the board thanks to a dart from Alex Ovechkin, who beat Price to put the home team within three. John Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom were credited with assists on the goal.

The Capitals would get within two on a goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov, who beat Price on a breakaway to bring the score to 4-2.  The goal came on an assist from Tom Wilson.

The push from the Caps would not be enough, however, as Tomas Tatar scored on an empty Washington net to secure the 5-2 win for the Habs. The Canadiens heavily outshot the Capitals, 40-27.


  • The NHL box score is here.


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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6 Responses to Canadiens Power Past Capitals 5-2, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov Score For Washington

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Today we were transported back to the mid to late 1970’s, back when the Habs were great and the Caps were terrible. Habs had nearly 40 shots. The defense AND the offense both failed to show up. Samsonov was the least of our worries, even if he did make a mistake or two. But he was frankly beleagued with all the zone posession that Montreal had today.

    Now, can I have my youthful looks and great figure from the 70’s restored, if I have to watch bad Caps hockey?

    Meanwhile, I hate the 11 forwards, 7 defensemen lineup with a purple passion.

    • Day One Caps Fan says:

      Yes Diane, last night’s game was quite the STINKER, and all-around disaster. Pretty rotten for a Friday night home game

      14-3 isn’t bad, but the 7-defenseman idea reminds me of last season’s coaching stupidities. Will Caps coaching stubbornly torture fans tonight with the same nonsense?

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