Habs Win Thriller Over Capitals; Streak Over

The Washington Capitals oh-so-impressive 14 game winning streak came to a crashing end in overtime last night against none other than our own Montreal Canadiens in a spirited and high-energy game that saw both teams trade goals throughout.

The Habs managed six goals against the league’s hottest team despite the fact that the players responsible for more than 40% of goals scored for Montreal are currently on the sidelines with injury, with players of all stripes stepping up and contributing. Tomas Plekanec, no stranger to the back of the new, scored twice including the game-winner, while Scott Gomez notched a goal and an assist, Tom Pyatt recorded his first ever NHL goal, Maxim Lapierre got his first in 30+ games and Glen Metropolit added another.

Of note was the play also of Sergei Kostitsyn who shows excellent hockey vision in picking up three assists, including a beauty on the game-winner; Carey Price was also noteworthy for his many top-notch saves and the couple of so-so stinkers he let in to tie it. Considering he had not played in 10 days and came in cold against Ovechkin and company, Carey’s performance looked outstanding to me.

The game took a scary turn near the end of the first period when Josh Gorges laid his body down to block a shot and ended up taking it in the head. He lay motionless on the ice for some time, causing an uneasy stillness to settle over the Bell Centre as players and fans watched while doctors attempted to revive him. After the scary shot and a decent bit of blood, Gorges managed to get to his feet and was doing very well by all accounts following the game.

Onto a home-and-home with Philadelphia this weekend to close out the Olympic break.

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