Caps top Habs in SO

Updated: November 29, 2013

Washington, DC ( – Mikhail Grabovski scored the winner in
the fourth round of the shootout as the Washington Capitals took a 3-2 win
over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday.

In the fourth round, Grabovski faked a slap shot then snuck the puck between
the pads of Peter Budaj. Braden Holtby then poke-checked the puck away from
Tomas Plekanec for the win.

Grabovski and Eric Fehr each posted a goal and an assist, while Holtby turned
away 35 shots for the Capitals, who snapped a four-game slide.

“It’s huge for us right now. Maybe it was not our best game, but we spend lots
of time in the offensive zone,” Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin said. “Of
course we make a couple mistakes, but right now, it’s two points and we’ll
take it.”

Plekanec had a goal and an assist, and Danny Briere lit the lamp for the
Canadiens, who had a four-game winning streak stopped. Budaj made 24 stops in
the loss.

“I thought we were the team that dictated the game in the third [period]. I
thought we played well enough to win the game, so I’m disappointed that we
came up short, but I believe our effort was there and when you go to a
shootout, you never know. We found a way to score two goals but it was not
good enough,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.

With Montreal holding a one-goal lead late in the third, the Caps tied the
game as Fehr sent a pass from the left corner that hit off a Hab and went to
Grabovski, who swept the puck in from the slot with 5:32 left.

The first goal of the game went to Montreal, as Briere got the puck behind the
net and wrapped it in from the left side at 15:20 of the first period.

Washington tied the game at 5:17 of the second period as Budaj misplayed the
puck behind the net, with Grabovski getting it out front and Fehr putting the
puck into the empty-net.

Montreal, though, took a 2-1 lead just 1:07 later on a 3-on-1 break as
Plekanec skated it in down the right wing before centering it for Brian
Gionta, whose shot was stopped but Plekanec stuffed in the rebound for his
eighth of the year.

Game Notes

Washington forward Brooks Laich was out with a lower-body injury and is listed
as day-to-day … Washington plays in New York against the Islanders on
Saturday … Montreal hosts Toronto on Saturday … Montreal took a 3-2 win in
Washington last Friday … Montreal was 0-for-2 on the power play while
Washington failed on its four chances.