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.