Caps Lose a Hearbreaker in Montreal

The Washington Capitals conculded their four-game road trip on Thursday night in Montreal as they took on Karl Alzner and the Canadiens. This contest was wacky. Right when you thought the Caps were out of it, they answered. Unforutnately they would come up on the short end by giving up two late goals to falter 6-4. 

The home team jumped out in front 1-0 at 2:28 with Jasperi Kotkaniemi’s first goal of the season before Lars Eller tied the game at 6:16. Eller did a good job picking himself up after he fell down and banged home a rebound for his second goal of the season. Matt Niskanen and Chandler Stephenson were credited with the helpers.

1-1 would be the score after 20 minutes but the Caps were dominated in the shot department. Shots on goal were 18-13 in favor of the Habs and led 32-20 in overall shot attempts.

The Canadiens came out of the gates roaring. Brendan Gallagher put them in front 32 seconds into the middle stanza and would score again shortly after to put the Caps in a 3-1 hole. Alex Ovechkin cut the defict to one with his ninth goal of the season and check out this great pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov. He’s a magician.

Jakub Vrana was also credited with an assist as the goal came at 6:49. One minute and 10 seconds later, Eller notched his second goal of the game. Brett Connolly with the assist.

With 7:07 left, Ovechkin basically said, “Eller, if you can score twice so can I!” He deflected in a shot from Dmitry Orlov for goal number 10.

The goal gave the Caps a 4-3 lead which would be the score entering the final period. The third period began with “The Save” 3.0.

After that it was all Canadiens. They rallied with three unanswered goals in the final 3:04. The equalizer came from Kotkaniemi while Max Domi scored the game-winner with 42 seconds to go. Joel Armia added the empty netter to seal the win. The Caps were outshot 44-31. Their record falls to 5-4-2 as they sit in fifth place in the Metorpolitan Division.

I think it’s too early to press the panic button. A Stanley Cup hangover and a wacky October schedule are two tough tasks. Thankfully the November scheudle looks more normal for an NHL team with a game pretty much every other day for the next week. There’s also no place like home. The Caps are back tomorrow night against Dallas to kick off a five-game homestand. We’ll be there. Will you? Puck drop from Chinatown is at 7 p.m.

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