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Habs survive Ovechkin’s two goals, beat Capitals 3-2

Nov 23, 2013, 12:49 AM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals each started their backups against each other tonight and it was Peter Budaj who came out on top with a 3-2 win in Washington.

Best part of his night? He can say he survived a full-on onslaught from Alex Ovechkin.

The Capitals captain scored two goals but couldn’t come away with a third to tie things up. The goals were his 18th and 19th on the season, giving him the league lead ahead of St. Louis’ Alex Steen.

Danny Briere scored what turned out to be the game-winner at 13:40 of the first period, a tally that put the Canadiens up 3-0, but Ovechkin scored once in the first and again in the third to whittle away at the Habs lead.

Budaj made 25 saves for Montreal while Michal Neuvirth stopped 28 for Washington. Now the Capitals get to tangle with the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. If Caps forward Mikhail Grabovski needed a reason to be motivated, he’s got it facing the team that bought him out over the summer.

  1. dcfan4life - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Ovechkin should be the first to tell you, he would much rather have zero goals and win than 2 goals and lose.

  2. terrier92 - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Ovechkin will never see his name on the Cup as a member of the Capitals. This team is not a contender.

  3. letsgocaps88 - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Anybody can be a contender in the NHL..Get in the playoffs.., Look at the 8th seed LA kings that won the cup. That’s the beauty of the NHL. Granted capitals never had the best success in the playoffs….If the capitals get a cup with Ovie that would be amazing, but none the less. i love the caps and the game of hockey. Ovie has already sketch his name plate in Toronto

  4. jpelle82 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    60 goals should be a foregone conclusion at this point. just wonder if it will be enough to even get them anywhere. with nyr and phi starting to come around, this division is going to get tougher as the schedule drags on. line 1 needs help and if the caps dont get 4 or 5 pp chances per game it usually means a loss (3 pp’s against the pens, 2 against the habs). need to be better 5 on 5 and that means line 2 (laich is -10!?) needs to start scoring and line 4 needs to start wearing down some opposing defensemen and sustain some pressure for some momentum.

  5. justinhbhb - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Montreal is looking strong!! Budaj is a solid backup and our defense is now complete with Emelin back….. it will be even better when Tinordi is ready and called up from Hamilton. Also nice to see Desharnais finally being productive (ironically he HAS to be on a line with Pacioretty). Briere is scoring too… things are looking up!!

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