Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak tries to cover up as P.K. Subban clears the puck against the Capitals Monday night. Allen McInnis, The Gazette
At a glance: The Canadiens are back from the brink. After a
slim 2-1 win in Game 5 on Friday night, the Canadiens left no doubt on Monday
night with a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 6 of their
Eastern Conference quarterfinal. It was Montreal’s first postseason win on home
ice in seven games. Just like Friday night, though, Montreal jumped out to a
quick 2-0 lead, this time thanks to Michael Cammalleri. He opened the scoring
on the power play 7:30 into the period and made it 2-0 with his fifth of the
playoffs at the 9:09 mark with a quick shot from the far boards that eluded
Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov. P.K. Subban, who was recalled from the
Hamilton Bulldogs earlier Monday, collected an assist on the second goal, his
first career NHL playoff point in his first playoff game. Maxim Lapierre, who
took two diving penalties in the game, made it 3-0 4:17 into the third period
with a rising slap shot that eluded Varlamov. At the other end of the ice,
Jaroslav Halak withstood a furious Washington onslaught all night long, facing
54 shots. Eric Fehr broke Halak’s bid for a shutout with a tip-in with less
than five minutes to play on Washington’s 52nd shot on goal. Tomas
Plekanec capped off the scoring with an empty-net goal with 57 seconds to play.
What it means: The Canadiens have erased the 3-1
series lead the Capitals held after Game 4 and forced Game 7.
What’s next: Game 7 goes Wednesday night in Washington.