Matt Hendricks and Alexander Semin scored goals in the shootout and the Washington Capitals moved alone into the 8th and final playoff spot with a 3-2 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night at Verizon Center.
Washington's win, coupled with Buffalo's 4-3 loss to Toronto, means that the Capitals are two points ahead of the Sabres in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Each team has three games remaining. Washington travels to Tampa to play the Lightning Monday, while Buffalo hosts Toronto Tuesday night.
The Capitals also pulled within two points of Florida for the Southeast Division title, though the Panthers still have a game in hand.
Montreal finished the game outshooting Washington 40-33, and Michal Neuvirth was called into action several times to deny the visitors scoring opportunities. One of the best came as the buzzer sounded to end regulation, as Neuvirth had to swat away P.K. Subban's quick one-timer with his stick.
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