WASHINGTON – Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Washington on Saturday:
How it happened: Evgeny Kuznetsov deflected a Nate Schmidt shot into the net in the first period. Jay Beagle scored what would be the game winner in the second off of a nice drop pass from Tom Wilsonand Jason Chimera added an insurance tally in the third. Kuznetsov's goal was his 11th of the season, tying the career-high mark he set last year in 80 games. This is only Kuznetsov's 34th game of the season.
His best Kuznetsov impression: One of Kuznetsov's more impressive moves is a forehanded drop pass that leaves defensemen and goalies baffled. Wilson did his best impression of the move in the second period to set-up Beagle's goal. As he skated wide to Condon's left, he went forehand and dropped it perfectly for Beagle who finished the play off with the goal a beautiful wrister that beat Condon glove side.
Oscar-worthy performance: P.K. Subban drew the ire of the Caps faithful late in the second period when he drew a slashing penalty on Nicklas Backstrom. As Subban went to collect the puck along the boards, Backstrom came over to challenge and gave him a shove in the back. Subban immediately clutched his face and fell to the ice. Replays show that Backstrom never touched Subban's face. The referee was fooled and called Backstrom for slashing. Fans serenaded Subban with boos the rest of the game. In what have been an acknowledgement of the blown call, Paul Byron of Montreal was called for embellishment in the third period.
Like father, like son: We all knew Wilson was tough, but to beat a man in front of his own family.... In the first period, Tom Wilson dropped the gloves with Montreal's Jarred Tinordi after the two were chirping at one another and Tinordi gave Wilson a shove in the back. If the name Tinordi sounds familiar, that's because his father, Mark Tinordi, was a former Cap for five seasons in the 90s. Mark was in the stands with his family watching his son play. That probably was not what he was hoping to see, though it should not have been totally unexpected given that Jarred has been in 13 fights at the NHL level (including preseason). Mark was in 72 fights over his career.
Look ahead: The Caps will play a home-and-home with the Sabres starting in Buffalo on Mon. Dec. 28. They return to Washington for the rematch on Dec. 30 and then close out the 2015 in Carolina on Dec. 31.