Even minus Alex Kovalev (who was sent home for basically "not showing up" and a bad attitude), the Montreal Canadiens came to Verizon Center tonight ready for a fight. As Hockey Mom's own mom used to say: "99% of winning is basically just showing up." So Kovalev's prima donna routine and not showing up to give it his all has gotten him in hot water with Bob Gainey - will be interesting to see where this story goes.
Nonetheless, the Habs saw the addition of d-man Mathieu Schnieder, who was recently traded to join a Canadiens team he's played with before. And the fiesty Canadiens came out swinging, getting on the board first with a power play goal from Chris Higgins. But the goal of the night belonged to guess who...of course, another Ovechkin sliding highlight goal! In case you missed it, check it - Hockey Mom is still in awe:
Nicklas Backstrom scored in the third to give the Caps a 2-1 lead. But once again, the boys found themselves in some penalty trouble and the Habs tied it up courtesy of the other Kostitsyn brother, Andrei. The two teams traded another goal apiece in the final period and this baby went into OT and eventually into another shoot out.
Alex Semin schooled Habs' net minder Carey Price with a magnificent deke move as the first Washington player in the shoot out line up. Nick Backstrom scored next with a sweet wrister as Jose Theodore denied both attempts from his former team, putting this game in the books with a final score of 4 -3.