The Caps got locked into another see-saw battle against the Montreal Canadiens, but this time they came away on top in a 5-4 overtime win.
Here are five reasons the Caps won.
A lucky bounce
Brett Connolly was in the right place at the right time.
John Carlson fired a shot that missed the net and bounced off the backboard right to Connolly who scored. The shot went wide to Carey Price’s left and bounced to Connolly who stood on the right and he had no way to get over in time.
Sometimes you see players pass the puck off the boards or off the pads of the goalies, but that was not the case here. It was just a fortuitous bounce for the Caps.
Killing off a double-minor
The second period got off to a disastrous start for Washington as they gave up three goals in the first 1:35 turning a 2-1 Washington lead to a 4-2 deficit. Things went from bad to worse as Lars Eller was given a double-minor for high-sticking five minutes later.
Montreal was given a golden opportunity to bury the Caps, but Washington managed to kill off both penalties of the double-minor. Less than three minutes later, Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-tying goal.
Suddenly a game that looked like it was on the verge of turning into a blowout felt like a game again.
Ovechkin from the office
Alex Ovechkin is lethal on the power play when there are four penalty killers on the ice. When you’re down to only three players? Good luck.
Phillip Danault was booked for slashing Ovechkin near the end of the second period and Jordie Benn as caught tripping Backstrom less than a minute into the third. That gave the Caps a two-man advantage and all the room Ovechkin would need. Carlson fed him for the one-timer in the office and Ovechkin shot it home to tie the game at four.
It was Ovechkin’s second goal of the game and his 20th against Price in 24 career regular season games.
An absurd save by Holtby in overtime
Carey Price stood on his head in the third period to prevent Ovechkin from getting the hat trick, but Holtby pulled off an incredible save of his own in overtime to keep the Caps in it.
Danault fed Brendan Gallagher on a cross-ice pass for what looked like a sure game-winning goal for the Canadiens, but somehow Holtby got over with the pad in time for the brilliant save.
Hotlby came on in relief of Copley and was phenomenal. Copley gave up four goals on 22 shots. Holtby also faced 22 shots, but he blanked the Canadiens.
The tiger strikes
Lars Eller trailed the play as the Caps rushed up the ice in overtime. Jonathan Drouin left Eller way too open with a lazy backcheck. Jakub Vrana carried the puck into the offensive zone, cut to the middle and came face to face with a wide-open Eller. He delivered the pass and Eller delivered the great shot to beat his former team in overtime.
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