Capitals rally to beat Canadiens in shootout | Friday, 11.29.2013 / 8:34 PM

WASHINGTON ( - The Washington Capitals rebounded from an uninspiring start against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday to tie the game with less than six minutes remaining in regulation and win it 3-2 in the shootout, ending their four-game losing streak.

Eric Fehr and Mikhail Grabovski each had a goal and an assist, and Braden Holtby, who unexpectedly started the game after Michal Neuvirth left pregame warm-ups with a lower-body injury, made 35 saves.

The Canadiens' four-game winning streak was snapped in the loss.

Daniel Briere opened the scoring at 15:20 of the first period as he and Brian Gionta worked below the goal line. Gionta pushed the puck to Briere, who wrapped around the net and pushed the puck past Holtby.

Despite 3:47 of consecutive power-play time prior to Briere's goal, the Capitals were held without a shot on goal for the final 15:40 of the period.

Washington got off to a more spirited start in the second period, tying the game at 1-1 at 5:17 when Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj mishandled the puck behind the goal, allowing Grabovski to corral it and feed a wide-open Fehr in front for his third goal of the season.

Montreal regained the lead 67 seconds later. On a 3-on-1 rush, Tomas Plekanec was the beneficiary of a bouncing puck that was originally tipped by Washington defenseman Nate Schmidt's outstretched stick before ricocheting off John Carlson and back to Plekanec.

It was the third goal in two games the Capitals have allowed within 80 seconds of scoring themselves.

With 5:32 remaining in regulation, Grabovski tied the game when Fehr repaid the favor from his earlier goal. Shortly after having his backhand attempt stopped by Budaj, Fehr was able to chip a bouncing puck toward Grabovski, who settled it and beat Budaj between his legs for his eighth goal.

Grabovski then scored the deciding shootout goal to seal the victory.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
15:20MTL Daniel Briere (5) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (9), Brian Gionta (7) 1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
05:17WSH Eric Fehr (3) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (13) 1 - 1 Tie
06:24MTL Tomas Plekanec (8) ASST: Brian Gionta (8), Alexei Emelin (2) 2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
14:28WSH Mikhail Grabovski (8) ASST: Eric Fehr (6), Troy Brouwer (4) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1WSHEric Fehr - Goal
2MTLLars Eller - Goal
3WSHAlex Ovechkin - Goal
4MTLDavid Desharnais - Goal
5WSHNicklas Backstrom - Save
6MTLAlex Galchenyuk - Save
7WSHMikhail Grabovski - Goal
8MTLTomas Plekanec - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDWashington CapitalsMontréal Canadiens
1Eric FehrLars Eller
2Alex OvechkinDavid Desharnais
3Nicklas BackstromAlex Galchenyuk
4Mikhail GrabovskiTomas Plekanec
Three Stars of the Game
Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby
SA: 37TOI: 65:00
GA: 2EV: 27-29
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: .946SH: 2-2
Mikhail Grabovski
Mikhail Grabovski
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:31
Tomas Plekanec
Tomas Plekanec
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:53
Penalty Summary
1st Period
09:41MTL Brian Gionta  Hi-sticking against  Karl Alzner
11:28MTL Ryan White  Tripping against  Mikhail Grabovski
2nd Period
01:43MTL P.K. Subban  Hi-sticking against  Alex Ovechkin
01:43WSH Nicklas Backstrom  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Michael Bournival
01:43MTL Andrei Markov  Roughing against  Nicklas Backstrom
08:45WSH Nicklas Backstrom  Interference against  Josh Gorges
3rd Period
02:42MTL Brendan Gallagher  Hi-sticking against  Nate Schmidt
08:48WSH Troy Brouwer  Cross checking against  Lars Eller
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/20/4
Faceoff Wins3633
Blocked Shots1613
Penalty Minutes106
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11B. GallagherR0004217:13
14T. PlekanecC1124020:53
21B. GiontaR0223217:10
26J. GorgesD0000022:32
27A. GalchenyukC0002013:47
32T. MoenL00-11012:54
48D. BriereC1011012:55
49M. BournivalL00-2406:28
51D. DesharnaisC0002017:32
53R. WhiteC00-2129:23
55F. BouillonD00-12015:23
61R. DiazD0001018:31
67M. PaciorettyL0002019:44
74A. EmelinD01-11021:05
76P. SubbanD0012226:19
79A. MarkovD0013226:23
81L. EllerC0002018:33
30P. Budaj2426.92365:00
8A. OvechkinL0005024:04
16E. FehrC1114018:26
19N. BackstromC0000419:33
20T. BrouwerR0112220:45
23T. StrachanD00-10014:30
24A. VolpattiL000107:22
25J. ChimeraL00-10018:44
27K. AlznerD0000025:23
34A. UrbomD00-1002:15
42J. WardR00-10017:28
43T. WilsonR000006:30
46M. LattaC000006:58
52M. GreenD0012026:42
74J. CarlsonD0000031:10
83J. BeagleR00-12012:32
84M. GrabovskiC1112020:31
88N. SchmidtD0014023:00
90M. JohanssonL0004020:07
70B. Holtby3537.94665:00