Capitals Overtake Canadiens In OT


The Washington Capitals remained unbeaten in overtime games against the Montreal Canadiens. However, that was little consolation after the Capitals blew a two-goal lead in the third period Friday night.

Scott Thorton scored with 2:32 remaining in regulation as Montreal rallied for a 2-2 tie.

"In this league, coming back is such a tough thing to do," said Canadiens coach Alain Vigneault. "It's a good sign of character."

Adam Oates and Dimitri Mironov scored their first goals of the season for the Capitals (1-1-1), while Vincent Damphousse scored the other goal for Montreal (2-0-1).

Thorton took a centering pass from left wing Patrick Poulin and flicked a wrist shot over goalie Olag Kolzig's left shoulder to tie it 2-2.

Washington wasted numerous scoring opportunities, but still remained unbeaten (4-0-8) in overtime games against Montreal.

"We played very well, but we had a couple of breakdowns," Capitals coach Ron Wilson said. "We had chances to make it 3-1, 4-1 and 5-1. ... We've got to bury some of those chances."

Mironov got his first goal for Washington when he scored on a power play at 8:15 in the second period. Mironov, signed as a free agent from Detroit this summer, bounced the puck off goaltender Jocelyn Thibault's left skate to put the Caps ahead 2-0.

"I really wanted to charge that one-timer," Thibault said. "I moved a little too much."

Montreal closed the gap to 2-1 Vincent Damphousse's wrist shot, which went through Kolzig's legs 1:49 into the third period.

Oates opened the scoring at 10:24 of the first period.

Brian Bellows sent a centering pass to Peter Bondra, who redirected it to Oates. Thibault overplayed the left side of the net, which allowed Oates to slip the puck underneath Thibault's stick on the right side as he tried to recover.

Capitals center Chris Simon, who reportedly argued with coach Ron Wilson on the bench during a game against Detroit on Tuesday, did not play against Montreal.

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