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Canadiens 4, Capitals 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 4, Capitals 1
Washington Capitals 1, Montréal Canadiens 4

MONTREAL (AP) -Jaroslav Halak made 53 saves, and Michael Cammalleri scored twice in the first period for the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens, who stayed alive with a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night and forced a Game 7 in the first-round series.

Halak made 18 saves in the first, 15 in the second, and 19 in the third. He came within 4:50 of his first playoff shutout. Halak, who stopped 37 shots in Friday's 2-1 victory in Washington, won his second straight start despite the top-seeded Capitals' 54-22 advantage in shots.

Cammalleri, who opened the scoring in Game 5, put the Canadiens up 1-0 with a power-play goal 7:30 in. He added his second of the game - fifth of the series - at 9:09 to increase the lead to 2-0.

Game 7 is Wednesday night at Washington.

Maxim Lapierre drove a slap shot past Semyon Varlamov from the right side for Montreal's third goal 3:17 into the third.

Eric Fehr scored his third goal at 15:10 on Washington's 52nd shot to spoil Halak's shutout bid. It wasn't enough for the Capitals, who had led the series 3-1.

Tomas Plekanec scored into an empty net with 56.5 seconds remaining, bringing a standing ovation from the crowd. The fans stayed on their feet through the final siren. Their cheers reached a peak when Halak was announced as the game's first star.

The Capitals, who posted the NHL's best record this season, were 0 for 6 on the power play. Washington, which led the league with a 25.2 success rate during the regular season, fell to 1 for 30 with the man advantage in the series.

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Varlamov stopped 18 shots in his fourth straight start after he replaced Jose Theodore early in Game 2.

Cammalleri beat Varlamov with a wrist shot from the right circle when the puck came to him after Canadiens defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron's shot from the point struck Boyd Gordon's stick.

P.K. Subban, called up from Hamilton of the AHL earlier Monday, made his playoff debut for Montreal and earned an assist on Cammalleri's second goal.

Tomas Plekanec beat Washington's Boyd Gordon on a faceoff in the Capitals' zone and drew the puck back to Subban. The rookie defenseman fed a pass to Cammalleri, who snapped a shot from the right side past Varlamov.

After outshooting Montreal 18-10 in the first, Washington dominated the second with a 15-3 edge.

The Capitals failed to record a shot during a 5-on-3 advantage that lasted 1 minute, 14 seconds in the first.

NOTES: Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau made two lineup changes from Game 5, inserting C David Steckel and D Shaone Morrisonn to replace C Brendan Morrison and D Tyler Sloan. ... Subban, drafted 43rd overall by Montreal in 2007, had two assists in two regular-season games with the Canadiens.

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scoring summary
1st Period
07:30
MTL
PPG - Mike Cammalleri (4) ASST: Marc-Andre Bergeron (2)
1 - 0 MTL
09:09
MTL
Mike Cammalleri (5) ASST: P.K. Subban (1), Tomas Plekanec (3)
2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:17
MTL
Maxim Lapierre (1) ASST: Josh Gorges (1)
3 - 0 MTL
15:10
WSH
Eric Fehr (3) ASST: Mike Green (3), Jason Chimera (2)
3 - 1 MTL
19:03
MTL
EN - Tomas Plekanec (4) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (5), Andrei Kostitsyn (3)
4 - 1 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
07:06
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Cross checking against  Brian Gionta
11:30
WSH
Mike Green  Elbowing against  Andrei Kostitsyn
13:10
MTL
Glen Metropolit  Holding against  Shaone Morrisonn
13:56
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
01:56
MTL
Ryan O'Byrne  Holding against  Alex Ovechkin
05:46
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Diving
11:02
WSH
Mike Green  Tripping against  Andrei Kostitsyn
18:37
WSH
Eric Fehr  Cross checking against  Andrei Markov
3rd Period
04:44
WSH
Tomas Fleischmann  Tripping against  Brian Gionta
04:44
MTL
Brian Gionta  Diving
06:32
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Diving
09:12
WSH
Eric Belanger  Hooking against  Maxim Lapierre
12:42
MTL
Ryan O'Byrne  Interference against  Eric Fehr
goalie stats
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
3-2-0
SA: 21TOI: 59:19
Saves: 18EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 54TOI: 59:42
Saves: 53EV: 33 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 18 - 18
SV%: .981SH: 2 - 2