Saturday, February 4, 2017

Braden Holtby lifts Capitals past Canadiens

Braden Holtby made 20 saves to extend his winning streak to 10 games when the Washington Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Holtby has not lost since a 2-1 shootout loss against the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 29.
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Nicklas Backstrom's power-play goal at 5:16 of the third period turned out to be the game-winner for Washington (35-11-6), which got goals from Jay Beagle in the first and Andre Burakovsky in the second.
The Capitals, who lead the NHL with 76 points, have won four straight games in Montreal, and 11 of 12 since 2010-11.
Alexander Radulov and Max Pacioretty each had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens (30-16-7).
Carey Price made 27 saves for Montreal, which has lost two straight, including a 3-1 at the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
Backstrom scored his 15th goal on a wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle to give Washington a 3-1 lead. Pacioretty's 25th goal at 7:49 of the third made it 3-2.
Beagle put the Capitals up 1-0 with his 11th goal on a wrist shot into the top right corner from the slot at 3:02 of the first period.
Radulov tied it at 1-1 with his 13th goal at 7:32.
Burakovsky gave Washington its second one-goal lead at 2-1 with his 11th goal at 9:26.
The Canadiens appeared to tie the game at 2-2 1:30 later, but Radulov's second goal was waved off for goaltender interference at 10:56 because Pacioretty crashed into Holtby.
The game was delayed for 11 minutes at 5:16 of the first to replace a broken piece of the boards behind Washington's goal.

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