It may be yet another loss but between the point the Habs managed to grab and the improved play of much of the roster, I think Habs’ fans can call this one a win. A late goal in the third tied the game for the Caps and forced overtime and they eventually dominated in the shootout with Backstrom and Semin scoring on Price and Markov and Plekanec missing on Theodore.
- Alexander Ovechkin scored a fantastic goal while bum-sliding in the first period.
- Carey Price looked much, much improved, stopping 32 of 35 shots before the shootout.
- All three Canadiens’ goals were powerplay goals.
- Mathieu Schneider looked solid in his first game with the Habs since 1995, notching three blocked shots and an assist.
- Pleks seems to have broken out of his funk, notching a goal and firing pucks from all angles. Ditto for Chris Higgins.
So, what does this mean? Do we all celebrate the fact that we didn’t get pounded in regulation? I think, given the circumstances, we should. The Caps are a stellar team – we’ll see how the slumping Penguins fate tonight!