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Capitals vs. Canadiens Recap: Beagle Buries the Winner in 3 to 1 Victory

Goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jay Beagle, and Jason Chimera in each period were all Braden Holtby and the Capitals needed on their way to a 3 to 1 victory - their seventh straight.

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In a matchup of two likely Eastern Conference playoff teams the Washington Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3 to 1 in regulation. Washington tallied one goal in every period and Braden Holtby performed well on his half of the ice to record his 22nd win of the year.

First up is Saturday night's Plus/Minus:

  • Plus: Washington, returning from a five day break, played a strong first period that gave them the lead. They outshot Montreal 10 to 5 and didn't afford their guests any momentum.
  • Minus: The Capitals' strong first period carried over into an early second period goal, but Montreal came right back and scored one of their own 24 seconds later. Washington has to have a better shift at home after doubling their lead.

Nine more notes on the game.

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the first goal by deflecting a hard low shot from Nate Schmidt past Mike Condon seven minutes into the contest. Marcus Johansson also picked up an assist on the play.
  • Jarred Tinordi, son of former Capitals defenseman Mark, played his first career game against the Capitals and went toe to toe with Tom Wilson in the first period with both players landing good punches. Tinordi played minor hockey locally for Severna Park and the Washington Junior Nationals between 2006 and 2008 before landing in the OHL with Dale Hunter's Knights.
  • Jay Beagle extended Washington's lead to two with his fifth goal of the year early in the second period. Wilson skated down the right wing hard with the puck, forcing defenseman Alexei Emelin down low, and dropped the puck to Beagle's forehand which was wired quickly past Condon's glove hand.
  • However, less than a thirty seconds later Daniel Carr slammed a puck through Holtby's wickets from atop the blue paint to cut the lead back to one goal. A perimeter shot from Andre Markov turned into a rebound that Carr made no mistake with.
  • Brooks Laich was light on his feet tonight in 10:25 of ice time and he created at least two good scoring chances against Condon. His best opportunity came early in the third period but Laich raised it over the crossbar and harmlessly off the glass.
  • Jason Chimera gave the Capitals some breathing room by beating Emelin and shoveling the puck past Condon's left shoulder to make the score 3 to 1.
  • Chimera, Schmidt, and Wilson all contributed two points tonight, a huge night for all three players. Both of Wilson's two assists were of the primary variety.
  • Former Washington winger Tomas Fleischmann had a quiet night on the ice registering two shots and two takeaways in 18 minutes of ice time. However, given his medical issues, it is nice to see him plying his trade in the National Hockey League.
  • The Capitals have won seven straight contents and eight straight at Verizon Center. This team is very hot and super dangerous.
Washington is off until Monday night when they will play the Sabres at First Niagra Center in Buffalo. The team appears to be firing on all cylinders as we near the end of the calendar year.

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