Canadiens’ Jaroslav Halak stops a shot from Capitals’ Brendan Morrison during the first period on Friday night. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
• At a Glance: For once in their series against the Washington Capitals, the Canadiens were able to hold onto a lead and weather the Washington attack for a 2-1 win on Friday night. The Canadiens grabbed an early 2-0 lead over the Capitals thanks to two quick goals in the opening minutes of the game. Michael Cammalleri wasted little time testing Semyon Varlamov, scoring from the slot only 1:30 into the game. Travis Moen made it 2-0 with his first of the playoffs 7:01 into the period. Alex Ovechkin got the Capitals on the scoreboard in the second period, cutting the Montreal lead to 2-1 after he pushed a rebound past Jaroslav Halak 3:52 into the frame. Halak made 37 saves on the night, including some spectacular ones in the third period as the Capitals pressed for the tying goal. Varlamov was tested less, but allowed two goals on 28 shots. Both teams came up empty with the man advantage, going a combined 0-for-11.
• Key Moments: The Capitals pulled Varlamov for the final minute of the game after receiving a penalty for too many men on the ice, meaning they still had five skates on the ice, and came within inches of tying the game in the dying seconds.
• What It Means: The Canadiens narrowed the Capitals’ lead in the series to 3-2 and send it back to Montreal.
• What’s Next: Game 6 of the series goes Monday night in Montreal. Should a Game 7 be necessary, it will be Wednesday night in Washington. Both games are at 7 p.m.