The story of the night? The Caps defense could not contain the Canadiens offense.
On Wednesday, February 24, the Washington Capitals took on the visiting Montreal Canadiens. The Caps were rocking their retro third jerseys as Braden Holtby got the start against Mike Condon. Stanislav Galiev got a sweater tonight with Michael Latta a healthy scratch, along with Taylor Chorney and newly acquired Mike Weber. Jay Beagle is still on injured reserve but will hopefully be back on the ice soon.
PERIOD 1– Just Give it Away…
The Caps definitely had an off night. They came out slow and almost looked tired. The defense had no legs and let way too many opportunities arise for the Habs. The Habs got two past Braden Holtby who did all he could to try and keep this game scoreless. The Canadiens definitely came to play tonight.
GOALS-Alex Galchenyuk scored, assisted by Dale Weise, Brendan Gallagher scored, assisted by Max Pacioretty.
PENALTIES–Tom Wilson called for boarding and hooking.
SCORE-Caps down, 0-2
PERIOD 2-March of the Penalties
After allowing his third goal on 18 shots at 1:54 into the period, Braden Holtby was pulled by Barry Trotz. Philip Grubauer did well in the net when he replaced Holts and only allowed one goal. The Caps finally got one through Mike Condon, getting them on the board. Later in the period, Condon robbed Mike Richards of a-would be goal with an amazing elbow save.
GOALS-Tomas Fleischmann scored, assisted by Barberio, Jason Chimera scored his 17th of the season, assisted by Marcus Johansson, and Alex Galchenyuk scored his second of the night, assisted by Lars Eller.
PENALTIES-P.K. Subban called for interference, Nicklas Backstrom called for slashing, Brooks Orpik called for tripping which resulted in a penalty shot, Lars Eller called for goaltender interference, Matt Niskanen called for roughing, and Alex Galchenyuk called for roughing.
SCORE-Caps down, 1-4
PERIOD 3-Prevent Defense
The Habs allowed the Caps to score two goals in the third period to bring them to within one. With 1:39 left in the game, Trotz pulled Grubi for the extra attacker. The Caps were finally playing with some fire in the last minute of play but it was too late. They dug themselves into a hole too deep to get out of in the time remaining.
GOALS–Dmitry Orlov scored his 6th goal of the season, assisted by Alex Ovechkin, Andre Burakovsky scored his 13th goal of the season, assisted by Stanislav Galiev,
PENALTIES-Torrey Mitchell called for hi-sticking.
SCORE-Caps lose, 3-4
The team looked very lackluster in the first two periods but definitely picked up the pace in third. They mounted a comeback but were just a little too late on getting their offense going. The defense appeared spotty at best and luckily the goalies kept this game from being blown wide open very early on. Even though it appears that Holtby has lost his mojo, this is just a rough patch. Caps fans have nothing to worry about and should continue to have faith in their awesome tendy’s.
The Caps are now 44-11-4 with 92 points. The Caps next game is Friday at home against the Minnesota Wild. This is also the HoltBeast promo game, so if you’re going, send us some photos of you with your awesome HoltBeast action figure.