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Capitals Vs. Canadiens Score: Marcus Johansson, Brooks Laich Give Capitals 2-1 Lead

Led by goals from Marcus Johansson and Brooks Laich, the Washington Capitals lead the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 after a very active first period. Both teams had plenty of chances, and it's kind of a surprise that only three goals were scored.

The Capitals got going early when Johansson banged home a power-play goal off an assist from Dennis Wideman and, interestingly, goalie Braden Holtby just 1:06 into the game. The goal was Johansson's 10th of the season as he continues to emerge. Montreal tied the game 20 seconds later though when Travis Moen scored unassisted. The Capitals eventually took the lead 13:23 into the period when Laich scored his 16th of the season right in front of the net.

The score could have been more lopsided. An apparent Capitals goal was waived off, even though photographic evidence shows the puck was over the line. Later, Jason Chimera was stoned right at the net by goalie Carey Price, and the Capitals later got a five on three power play that came up empty. It'll be interesting to see if those moments come back to bite the Capitals.