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Habs vs Capitals – Game Recap

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Was it not for Dustin Tokarski’s performance, the Habs would have never left Washington with a 2-1 win over the Capitals on Thursday night.

The Canadiens still needed a shootout to win this game. It was Brendan Gallagher, the Habs’ fifth shooter, who sealed the deal by beating Braden Holtby between the pads.

This marked Holtby’s first loss in six starts against Montreal since the beginning of his NHL career.

Was it a question of tiredness due to the hard fought battle in Toronto or was it the effectiveness of Barry Trotz’s new system? Still, the Canadiens remained bottled up in their zone throughout the first period. It was not until the 17th minute before Lars Eller put Holtby to the test.

At that point, Capitals’ Andre Burakovsky had already scored on Tokarski, in addition to the team firing 14 shots in his direction. The goal was caused by a turnover committed by PK Subban in the defensive zone – his pass being intercepted by Troy Brouwer.

Therrien tried to shake his troops by making a few changes to his lines between the first two periods. A maneuver that paid off, as the Habs were more in the game as of that moment.

Moreover, the trio consisting of Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Plekanec and Jiri Sekac seemed most effective. Plekanec forced overtime with his third goal of the season midway through the third period.

Moments earlier, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau had seen his first goal in the Canadiens uniform be denied due to the presence of Rene Bourque in the crease.

The Habs’ next game is Saturday in Philadelphia.