Coup de grace: Capitals beat Canadiens 6-3

The Washington Capitals were back home Wednesday night for what appears to be the first time in a month. The Montreal Canadiens were waiting for them.

Nic Dowd went into the cage and put the good ones on the board first, John Carlson hit on a power play, Michael Sgarbossa got his first for the Caps on a weird deflection, then Carlson decided to offer to Jake Evans a goal late in the first period.

Cole Caufield had the luckiest rebound of all time to reduce the lead to two. Tom Wilson buried Alex Ovechkin’s Perfect Feed. Dmitry Orlov cashed in a house to make six. Lehkonen with a late breakaway.

The Capitals beat the Canadiens 6-3!

  • The Capitals beat the Canadiens in absolute mess in the first period. They could easily have been up five or six goals after the first twenty minutes. Fantastic response to this brutal road trip.
  • Nic dowd started the scoring with a goal scored on NBC Sports Washington amid technical difficulties that made it seem like aliens were landing in the middle of Capital One Arena.
  • Ilya SamsonovThe shutout streak ended at just over 170 minutes as John Carlson decided to literally give the Habs a goal. A backhand pass in the middle straight to Jake Evans. Very consistent with the brand.
  • I liked the second less. I felt the Caps had gotten away from what was working, which was putting the puck behind the Canadiens’ net and checking them forward to death. At the same time, it took an absolute rebound to make sure Montreal didn’t leave the period three goals behind.
  • Bad news. Justin schultz left the game with an upper body injury. The injury virus persists among the Capitals.
  • I have no idea how the Capitals only had one power play in two periods. I hate that taking a lead in the NHL means that it becomes impossible to take a penalty.
  • That the entire fourth Hershey line was excellent. The puck apparently never left the Canadiens’ zone with them on the ice.
  • Alex Ovechkin. What a player.
  • The third was quite slow as it was clear that the Habs gave up completely after the Caps scored their fifth. Lehkonen’s goal robs us of Bailamos.
  • Kelly Sutherland is terribly bad at her job.

Next up for the Caps is a strange start time at 5 p.m. Friday against the Florida Panthers who have only lost twice in regulation this season.

Screenshot via @Capitals

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