MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens had everything going their way on Thursday night, except they didn’t have Braden Holtby.
The Washington goalie made several brilliant saves as the Capitals beat the Canadiens 3-2 despite being outshot 35-19.
“He can really sway the game in our favor when he makes those big saves time after time,” said Washington forward T.J. Oshie, who had two goals — including the game-winner 8:17 into the third period.
“There are a lot of things we have to clean up so he doesn’t have to bail us out so much, but tonight was his for sure.”
Tom Wilson also scored for Washington, which won its sixth straight.
Lars Eller and Brian Flynn scored for Montreal, which lost in regulation for the first time in seven games (5-1-1). Mike Condon finished with 16 saves.
Montreal had 11 points in its previous six games despite injuries to star goalie Carey Price, first-line right winger Brendan Gallagher and others.