Canadiens Vs. Capitals Recap: Washington Back On Track With 4-1 Win Over Montreal

After perhaps their worst stretch of the season, the Washington Capitals got back on track Friday night and ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Capitals won their 30th game of the season with a strong first forty minutes, building a 3-0 lead heading into the final period.

Montreal tried to make it interesting at the start of the third, when Rene Bourque scored a shorthanded goal to cut the lead to 3-1. But that would be only time the Habs beat Michal Neuvirth, who was solid all evening stopping 30 of 31 shots sent his way.

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The Caps overcame some sloppiness in the third, with Montreal failing to convert several Washington turnovers. A Joel Ward empty-net goal from the neutral zone sealed the 4-1 win for the Capitals. The Caps have little time to enjoy the win, as they now travel north to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink, SB Nation's Caps blog. For the opponent's perspective, check out Habs Eyes On The Prize.

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