Blown leads and a SO loss
The Canadiens led 1-0.
They led 2-1.
But Mikhail Grabovski tied the game late in the third period, and the former Hab scored the deciding goal in the Shootout to give Washington the win.
Daniel Brière and Tomas Plekanec were the Canadiens scorers.
Eric Fehr, in the second period, got Washington on the board.
Canadiens outshot the home team 37-26.
Shootout decides it
Scoreless OT in which the Canadiens had the better chances.
Fehr: Goal! A beaut!
Eller: Top shelf!
On to OT
Mikhail Grabovski tied it up late in the third period.
Shots were 10-8 Canadiens, 32-25 on the game.
When Peter Budaj misplayed a harmless dump-in behind the Canadiens net, Mikhail Grabovski pounced and fed Eric Fehr to get the home team on the board.
Jubilation lasted 67 seconds.
That's how long it took before the Canadiens broke 3-on-1, a rush that culminated in Tomas Plekanec's eighth of the season.
But washington played an aggressive, forechecking 20 minutes and outshot the Canadiens 13-9.
Should be a lively third.
Despite taking two consecutive penalties, the Canadiens outshot Washington 13-4 during the first 20 minutes.
Daniel Brière tapped his own rebound past Braden Holtby for the game's only goal.
The home team had zero SoG during the aforementioned almost four minutes of man advantage.
It's déja vu all over again
For the second consecutive Friday, your Montreal Canadiens are in Washington to face the Capitals.
This week's twist: The puck drops at Happy Hour.
A 5 p.m. hockey game is a bit unusual. But it's Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., and Caps fans will be leaving the Verizon Center in time to enjoy turkey leftovers.
Will they give thanks for a W?
That may depend ... again ... on Peter Budaj.
A week ago, Carey Price's understudy made 25 saves – including 10 in the third period as the home team battled to erase the Canadiens' early 3-0 lead. Budaj was beaten by Alex Ovechkin's second of the game, and the Canadiens hung on to win 3-2.
We'll likely see the lineup that has won four in a row, with one change: Francis Bouillon draws in for the valiant Douglas Murray.
Puck drops 5:10ish. Check black later for live game blogging.
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