A Shootout Win for the Caps; A Blowout Loss for the Wiz
Courtesy of AP | 11/28/2009, 11:04 p.m.
Eric Fehr scored his second goal of the game to draw Washington even at 3 with 11.4 seconds remaining in regulation. Fehr, who opened the scoring 8:47 in, got his second of the game - his sixth of the season - when he backhanded a rebound past Price after Montreal defenseman Paul Mara was called for high-sticking at 19:44 to send the game to overtime.
Ovechkin got his 18th goal midway through the first 1:12 after Eric Fehr got his fifth as Washington scored on two of its first three shots to take a 2-0 lead.
Varlamov stopped 21 shots. The Russian rookie recorded his first regular-season shutout in his last outing Wednesday when he turned aside 25 shots in a 2-0 win over Buffalo. Price made 20 saves for the Canadiens, 3-1-2 in their last six.
Travis Moen gave Montreal a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal 5:34 into the third.
Moen got credit for his sixth of the season when he redirected Marc-Andre Bergeron's wrist shot from the deep slot past Varlamov to give Montreal its third straight goal after falling behind 2-0 midway through the first.
Jaroslav Spacek and Plekanec scored in the second for the Canadiens. Fehr deflected Karl Alzner's point shot past Price for his fifth goal 8:47 in after the Capitals failed to record a shot during their first power-play opportunity early in the opening period.
Ovechkin made it a 2-0 lead when he drove a slap shot past Price into the left side of the net at 9:59. Spacek, who returned after missing two games because of injury, scored his second goal on a power-play goal 5:40 into the second to draw Montreal within 2-1.
Plekanec tied it at 2 with his sixth goal at 13:50.
Vladislav Tretiak was among the sold-out crowd of 21,273 on hand. The Hall of Fame Russian goalie was given a warm ovation when he was shown on the video scoreboard. ... Steve Yzerman ... Injured Capitals included Ds Tom Poti and Shaone Morrisonn, and Fs Alexander Semin, Quintin Laing, Boyd Gordon and Mike Knuble. ... Canadiens sidelined by injury included Ds Andrei Markov and Hal Gill, and Fs Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta, Andrei Kostitsyn and Benoit Pouliot.