Capitals 3rd period comeback falls short in Montreal

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Capitals ended Saturday night with one point but could’ve had two points. They fell short in overtime 3-2 to the Montreal Canadiens to drop their record to 1-2-1.

Things started out ugly for the Capitals. Despite outshooting the Canadiens 12-6 in the opening 20 they went down 1-0 before the first period ended. The damage came at 18:55 from Sean Monahan.

The Canadiens doubled their lead to the delight of the home crowd at 9:50 with a goal from Brendan Gallagher. Shots were even at 12 apiece in the second.

The Caps finally broke through in the third period. A snapshot in front of the net from Dylan Strome came at 11:25. The assists came from Alex Ovechkin and Matthew Phillips. Strome added another one late in the game at 17:59 to tie things up with the helpers from Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson.

Shots were even at nine apiece in the third period as the game headed to overtime. The Canadiens had the lone shot in overtime and that one shot ended the game, resulting in another loss for the Caps.

The game winner came from Cole Caufield. The Caps outshot the Habs 33-28 overall. Once again the Caps couldn’t score on the power play and are now 0 for an unlucky 13 on the season.

Ovechkin, who went two straight games without a shot on goal for the first time in his career, had a couple of looks last night that unfortunately didn’t go in. He finished with five shots on the night.

The Caps will have two days off before they begin a back to back on Tuesday night. First up is a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on home ice. Then on Wednesday they head to New Jersey to take on the Devils.

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That is by no means an easy two game stretch. They need to figure things out quickly before the season really spirals out of control.