Perhaps Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was right about what he observed in Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak following game two last Saturday night.
Following what was a Capitals 6-5 overtime win Ovechkin said afterwards that he could see Halak’s arm was violently shaking during a stoppage of play when Halak took a sip of water. What the 50 goal scorer was getting at was that he believed Halak was feeling rattled in facing so many Washington shots.
On Monday night this young Montreal goalie struggled mightily in surrendering three goals on only 13 shots before getting pulled early in the second period with Montreal down 3-0. “Halak (who gave up 3 goals in a 6 shot span) played a strong first game and he had a good first period tonight,” Canadiens Coach Jacques Martin whose team lost 5-1 said.
“The defenceman backed into him and he didn’t have a chance.” The goalie change didn’t slow down the Capitals offence as Ovechkin scored the fourth goal of the game only this time it was against Carey Price. Montreal was able to break Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov’s bid for a shutout when Tomas Plekanec scored with a little over two minutes left in regulation.
Washington was able to restore their four goal lead when Matt Bradley scored the Capitals fifth goal. Besides for Ovechkin and Bradley Washington who now leads the series 2-1 got their goals from Boyd Gordon, Brooks Laich and Eric Fehr. “It felt good to come into a hostile environment like this and playing well,” Fehr said.