Canadiens take out Capitals in OT

WASHINGTON — On a night the league's two-time reigning MVP didn't take a shot on goal, the Canadiens took advantage.

Tomas Plekanec scored 13:19 into overtime Thursday as the Canadiens beat the Capitals 3-2 in the opener of their East first-round playoff series and turned Alex Ovechkin into a nonfactor.

It was Plekanec who traded jabs this week with Washington goalie Jose Theodore. Plekanec basically said Theodore was no Martin Brodeur or Ryan Miller, and Theodore shot back that Plekanec wasn't exactly former scoring champion Jaromir Jagr. To add to the fun, Plekanec's jersey number on the grease board in the locker room was listed as Jagr's 68 instead of Plekanec's 14.

In overtime, Plekanec took the puck near the red line, skated into the offensive zone and scored on a drive from high in the slot that beat Theodore to the stick side.

"There was a couple of jokes thrown at (Plekanec) after the game," said Mike Cammalleri, who also scored for Montreal.

But the game's most notable development was the blank sheet of Ovechkin, who scored 50 goals in the regular season and took a league-high 368 shots. "They gapped up real well on him, but I don't think Alex played very well," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Our best players weren't our best players … and their best players were."

Canadiens 1 0 1 1 3
at Capitals 1 0 1 0 2
Canadiens 1 0 1 1 3
at Capitals 1 0 1 0 2

First Period1, Montreal, Cammalleri 1 (Markov, A.Kostitsyn), 12:36 (pp). 2, Washington, Corvo 1 (Belanger, Chimera), 15:33. PenaltiesBergeron, Mon (hooking), :52; Semin, Was (hooking), 6:01; Backstrom, Was (cross-checking), 12:11; Pouliot, Mon (charging), 12:53.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesMontreal bench, served by Pouliot (too many men), 8:34; Corvo, Was (holding), 18:19.

Third Period3, Washington, Backstrom 1 (Knuble, Carlson), :47. 4, Montreal, Gomez 1 (Gionta, Pouliot), 7:34. PenaltiesMoen, Mon (boarding), 10:42; Green, Was (delay of game), 19:33. First Overtime5, Montreal, Plekanec 1 (Spacek), 13:19. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalMontreal 7-13-8-10—38. Washington 19-8-14-6—47. Power-play opportunitiesMontreal 1 of 4; Washington 0 of 4. GoaliesMontreal, Halak 1-0-0 (47 shots-45 saves). Washington, Theodore 0-1-0 (38-35). A18,377 (18,277).

at Sabres 1 1 0 2
Bruins 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Buffalo, Vanek 1 (Roy), 4:52. PenaltiesChara, Bos (cross-checking, roughing), 15:14; Lucic, Bos, double minor (roughing), 15:14; Lydman, Buf (roughing), 15:14; Torres, Buf (roughing), 15:14; Montador, Buf (roughing), 15:14; Kaleta, Buf, misconduct, 15:14; McQuaid, Bos (hooking), 18:56.

Second Period2, Boston, Recchi 1 (Chara, Hunwick), 9:30 (pp). 3, Buffalo, Rivet 1 (Kennedy), 14:10. PenaltiesLydman, Buf (cross-checking), 8:44; Vanek, Buf (tripping), 16:28.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesRecchi, Bos (roughing), 9:18; Pominville, Buf (high-sticking), 9:18; Wideman, Bos (tripping), 13:20; Satan, Bos (delay of game), 15:40; Chara, Bos (hooking), 19:53. Shots on GoalBoston 9-24-6—39. Buffalo 12-8-12—32. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 1 of 2; Buffalo 0 of 5. GoaliesBoston, Rask 0-1-0 (32 shots-30 saves). Buffalo, Miller 1-0-0 (39-38). A18,690 (18,690).

at Canucks 0 2 0 1 3
Kings 0 2 0 0 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesHalpern, LA (goaltender interference), 16:54; Alberts, Van (interference), 19:51. Second Period1, L.A., Stoll 1 (Handzus, Kopitar), :54 (pp). 2, Vancouver, Samuelsson 1 (D.Sedin, Salo), 3:09 (pp). 3, Vancouver, D.Sedin 1 (H.Sedin), 8:31. 4, L.A., Modin 1 (Frolov, Brown), 13:06 (pp). PenaltiesJ.Johnson, LA (delay of game), 2:06; Doughty, LA (roughing), 11:09; Alberts, Van, major-game misconduct (boarding), 11:09; Burrows, Van (roughing), 11:09; Doughty, LA (holding), 15:39.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesWilliams, LA (high-sticking), 2:21. First Overtime5, Vancouver, Samuelsson 2 (H.Sedin, Ehrhoff), 8:52. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalL.A. 6-13-2-6—27. Vancouver 17-9-13-5—44. Power-play opportunitiesL.A. 2 of 3; Vancouver 1 of 4. GoaliesL.A., Quick 0-1-0 (44 shots-41 saves). Vancouver, Luongo 1-0-0 (27-25). A18,810 (18,630).

More playoff news: Senators wing Milan Michalek is done for the season because of a torn left knee ligament that requires surgery. … Sabres wing Jochen Hecht had surgery on his left pinkie finger and is out indefinitely.

Maple Leafs: Goalie Jonas Gustavsson signed a $2.7-million, two-year contract extension. In his just-concluded rookie season, Gustavsson, 25, had two heart surgeries and a groin injury before finishing 16-15-9 with a .902 save percentage and 2.87 goals-against average.

World championships: Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin was named to the U.S. team that will play next month in Germany. Lightning center Steven Stamkos and wing Steve Downie will play for Canada, Canadian's TSN network reported.

Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.

Canadiens take out Capitals in OT 04/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 16, 2010 2:25am]

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