Game Recap – 4/4/2019 – Montreal Canadiens v. Washington Capitals

Montreal Canadiens (43-29-8 94pts) v. Washington Capitals (47-25-8 102pts)


Game Recap:

In the final stretch of the regular season the Washington Capitals host the playoff hungry Montreal Canadiens in a game that can decide some playoff fates. In the first 10 minutes of the game both teams would play with a very fast tempo, and would generate great opportunities on both ends of the ice, but goaltenders Carey Price and Braden Holtby have been solid. Then later in the period it would be Lars Eller opening up the scoring with a beautiful backhander that goes above Price’s leg pad and under the glove. However, a Nicklas Backstrom high sticking call would put Montreal on the powerplay and see Shea Weber tie the game at one going into the first intermission.


In the second period the Canadiens would start the period with a little extra jump in their game, but it would be the Capitals striking to regain their lead when Nic Dowd netted his 8th of the season. The game would continue to display a lot of back and forth hockey between the two teams, but the Capitals would generate a few more chances by creating some odd man rushes.


In the third period it would feature a lot of back and forth hockey. Both Carey Price and Braden Holtby played stellar in net keeping the game to a one goal affair. The Capitals would hold off the Canadiens however to win 2-1 and clinch their fourth consecutive Metropolitan Division title.



Montreal Canadiens:

Tomas Tatar — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen — Max Domi — Andrew Shaw

Jonathan Drouin — Jordan Weal — Joel Armia

Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Nate Thompson — Paul Byron

Victor Mete — Shea Weber

Brett Kulak — Jeff Petry

Jordie Benn — Christian Folin

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Nicolas Deslauriers, Charles Hudon, Matthew Peca, Ryan Poehling, Dale Weise, Mike Reilly, Charlie Lindgren


Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky — Nic Dowd — Travis Boyd

John Carlson — Nick Jensen

Matt Niskanen — Dmitry Orlov

Brooks Orpik — Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Dmitrij Jaskin, Jonas Siegenthaler, Chandler Stephenson

Injured: Michal Kempny (lower body)


First Period:

Capitals Goal – 18:36 – Lars Eller (13) from Brett Connolly (24) and Carl Hagelin (14)

Capitals Penalty – 18:57 – Nicklas Backstrom 2 minutes for High Sticking

Canadiens PPG – 19:32 – Shea Weber (14) from Joel Armia (9) and Phillip Danault (41)


End of 1st – MON – 1       WAS – 1

Shots              14                09

Faceoffs         08                09

Hits               07                  14

PP                 1/1                 0/0


Second Period:

Capitals Goal – 2:58 – Nic Dowd (8) from Andre Burakovsky (13)

Canadiens Penalty – 8:29 – Shea Weber 2 minutes for Interference


End of 2nd – MON – 1        WAS – 2

Shots               22                 20

Faceoffs          18                 17

Hits                 15                  25

PP                   1/1                  0/1


Third Period:



End of 3rd – MON – 1         WAS – 2

Shots              34                   31

Faceoffs        26                    25

Hits               22                     37

PP                 1/1                    0/1


Next Up:

Washington (48-25-8 104pts) v. NY Islanders (47-27-7 101pts)

Montreal (43-30-8 94pts) v. Toronto (46-28-7 99pts)

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