September 20, 2019

Washington Capitals Game 59 Recap: Late rally not enough as Canadiens handle Caps

HOLTBY CHASED IN SECOND AS LISTLESS CAPS HANDED RARE HOME LOSS

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Displaying the character that’s become a hallmark of this team, the Washington Capitals clawed away at a 4-1 Montreal lead on Wednesday night, but were unable to recover, losing 4-3 after starting goaltender Braden Holtby was chased early in the second period.

Alex Galchenyuk scored twice for the Canadiens.

Yet another slow start doomed the Capitals, as turnovers and odd-man rushes against proved to be a major factor in the loss, and the Capitals gave up the first goal for the sixth straight game. Andre Burakovsky said afterward that fixing the slow starts is “something [they] have to do.”

After former Capital Tomas Fleischmann scored 1:54 into the second to make it 3-0 in favor of the Canadiens, Philipp Grubauer replaced Holtby (three goals in 18 shots), and although Washington led in shot attempts going away at 68-50, Montreal’s were ones of higher quality.

All three goals Holtby allowed came on a rebound play.

Jason Chimera (17), Andre Burakovsky (13) and Dmitry Orlov (6) scored for Washington (44-11-4), which lost for the first time in five games. Philipp Grubauer made 15 saves in relief.

CAPS NOTES:

  • Brooks Orpik, played in his 800th NHL game and tallied an assist. Orpik ranks 32nd among active defensemen in games played and has registered 158 points (15g, 143a) and 818 penalty minutes in 800 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Washington.
  • Andre Burakovsky’s goal was  his 19th point in his last 18 games.
About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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