In a back and fourth game last night, the Caps owned the Canadiens in the shootout to walk away with 2 points. Alexander Ovechkin stole the spotlight once more by adding another highlight reel goal, leading the Caps to their 4th victory in 5 games.
After Ovechkin’s tying goal, Fedorov gave Backstrom a nice pass on the powerplay setting him up for his 14th of the season to put the Caps up 2-1. The key to the play was Ovechkin backdoor because he brought the defenseman away from the front of the net, giving Backstrom more room to shoot. However, every momentum swing they got was answered by the Canadiens. Andrei Kostitsyn found the back of the net after a deflection in front of Theodore giving them their second powerplay tally of the night.
The second period proved to be more of a goaltenders duel between Theodore and Carey Price with both sides coming up short on a lot of opportunities.
The Canadiens pulled ahead with another powerplay goal–their 3rd of the game–by Tomas Plekanec. As time was wearing thin, and the Caps seemed to be out, they answered back like they have so many times at home this year. David Steckel tied the game up with a deflection less than 3 minutes to go to send the game into overtime.
Both goalies came up big in the overtime period, but Theodore had some help from his post. With only 26 seconds to go, Plekanec rang the pipe leading the game into a shootout session.
Semin and Backstrom both scored as Theo stuffed both attempts from his old team to go 13-4 at home this season. The Caps record at home is still an Eastern Conference leading 23-4-1, and they will face the Colorado Avalanche on Friday at home.