Carey Price perfect as Canadiens shut out Capitals
Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer runs over Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during NHL play Saturday at the Bell Centre. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/QMI Agency)
Left winger Max Pacioretty scored in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 1-0 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon at Bell Centre.
Goaltender Carey Price stopped 36 shots for Montreal (32-13-3) while Braden Holtby made 29 saves for the Capitals (25-14-10).
Pacioretty scored the winner when, while falling, he tipped center Tomas Plekanec's backhand pass over Holtby, extending Montreal's winning streak to five games.
Neither side found the back of the net in the first three periods. The Capitals certainly tried, outshooting Montreal 26-13, including a 17-6 advantage in the second period.
Price snuffed center Brooks Laich's shot from the netminder's left side on a quality power-play opportunity halfway through the opening stanza and also denied right winger Joel Ward later in the frame.
Ward hit a post less than a minute into the second period, one of three Washington hit in the first 40 minutes.
The Capitals enjoyed a pair of back-to-back penalties in the middle of the second period, including a brief two-man advantage, but couldn't connect.
Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban and center Tomas Plekanec had the Canadiens' two best opportunities with seconds left in regulation but were denied by the post and the quick stick of a Capitals defender.
NOTES: The Canadiens did not make any changes to their lineup Saturday, scratching D Mike Weaver and C Gabriel Dumont. ... Washington scratched LW Andre Burakovsky and D Cameron Schilling. ... The game against the Capitals opened up the 24th edition of the Habs hosting Super Bowl weekend matinees, which will continue Sunday against the Arizona Coyotes. ... Saturday's outing marked the fourth time the Canadiens and Capitals have faced off in Montreal on Super Bowl weekend. ... Caps G Braden Holtby made his seventh career start against Montreal. ... Earlier in the week, Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom became the first member of the 2006 draft class to reach 400 assists.