Canadiens captain Brian Gionta scores his second goal of the game on Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov Tuesday night. Jim Young, Reuters
• At a Glance: The Canadiens battled back from an early deficit and defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday night.
It didn’t take long for the Capitals to strike in the opening period. Mathieu Perreault took advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone and beat Carey Price 2:29 into the game. Price would probably want a second shot at that goal, which should have been stopped. Mike Knuble made it 2-0 Washington with a power-play goal 7:49 into the period. Knuble tapped home a nice pass from Mike Green, who made a nice move in the slot before sliding the puck across the crease to Knuble. The Canadiens stormed back in the second period, with captain Brian Gionta leading the charge. He scored Montreal’s first goal 8:28 into the second period with a blistering slapshot during a 2-on-1 rush that beat Semyon Varlamov to the blocker side. With less than three minutes to play in the period, Gionta was sent in alone by Tomas Plekanec and he beat Varlamov with another shot to the blocker side. Gionta also scored the winner in the shootout to cap a great night for the captain,
• What It Means: Montreal improves to 28-18-5 for 61 points.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens return home to take on the Florida Panthers Wednesday night. on Feb. 2, then play a pair of matinees during Super Bowl Weekend with games against the New York Rangers on Feb. 5 and New Jersey Devils on Feb. 6.