Nov 29, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT
The feeling was that the Washington Capitals would need someone other than Alex Ovechkin to step up if they wanted to turn things around. Mikhail Grabovski was that player on Friday, powering a 3-2 shootout win against the Montreal Canadiens.
Grabovski scored a goal and collected an assist before notching the shootout winner. He now has 21 points in 26 games, largely benefiting the Capitals for taking a chance on the 29-year-old in free agency. Ovechkin experienced a rare pointless night.
While the Capitals saw a four-game losing skid end, the Montreal Canadiens’ five-game winning streak is over.
The Habs are still on a nice run; they’ve generated points in all but one game since losing to the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Nov. 7. Montreal is 14-9-3 overall.
Washington eases some of the tension surrounding the franchise, improving to 13-11-2 on the season.
- Evander Kane: I know I can score 50 goals 4
- ‘C’-less Thornton comes out swing against Wilson’s ‘tomorrow team’ talk 13
- Joe Sakic’s now general manager in name too 5
- Update: Giroux out two weeks with lower-body injury 24
- Update: Crosby on ice with Penguins teammates Friday, leaves early 5
- Ouch: Wild reportedly suspend Harding for ‘non-hockey injury’ 28
- Keeping Kuemper: Wild sign goalie to two-year deal reportedly worth $2.5M 15
- Selanne regrets harsh words toward Boudreau 9
- Flyers’ Timonen admits chances of playing are ‘really slim’ 8
- Desjardins (a.k.a. not Torts) makes good first impression on Canucks 28
- Heeeeeere’s Johnny! Davidson shreds Johansen’s agent for ‘baffling, nonsensical’ contract demands (62)
- Chiarelli: At some point, I’m going to have to trade a defenseman (56)
- Jackets reveal Johansen offers — including an eight year, $46M deal (55)
- Will the NHL publicize divers? (48)
- No icing on the PK? The USHL will see how that looks (43)