In fact, Montreal outshot its opponent by a 41-33 margin and recovered from a 0-2 deficit to force a shootout.
Unforunately for the Canadiens, the Capitals have a deeper arsenal for use in the Skills Competition and scored on two of their three attempts.
David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty were unable to convert on their chances. That's too bad, since it deprived Aaron Palushaj of his first opportunity to participate in an NHL shootout.
After all, it's not like he's been getting breakaways in regular game action. Then again, it's not like Brad Staubitz is going to spring him loose with a perfect, 50-foot pass either.
In the end, the Habs would drop the game 3-2 and register their 50th loss of the season. Peter Budaj made 31 saves in the defeat.
Capitals' Lack of Effort
Aren't the Caps fighting for their playoff lives? Because, last night, it sure as hell did not look that way.
For the better part of the final forty minutes, they were absolutely brutal. With the Buffalo Sabres letting a gimme slip away against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Capitals should have had ample motivation to quickly bury the East's worst team.
Instead, they somehow let the game get to a shootout. And, honestly, after allowing 41 shots, they were lucky it got that far.
It's certainly popular to bash Alex Ovechkin for his team's woes, especially since he has posted numbers well below the standards he has set for himself.
But where the heck is Mike Green this year? As our Frank Dumais pointed out on Twitter, the blueliner has one assist in his last 21 games. Overall, he has seven points in 29 contests this season.
Not good enough.
Reverse Scoreboard Watching
In the bizzaro world of the NHL Draft Lottery, last night's results were quite favorable to Montreal.
The Toronto Maple Leafs finally won a game at home, giving them a four point cushion ahead of the Habs.
Meanwhile, out west, Minnesota dampened the L.A Kings playoff chances with a 4-3 OT win. The Wild now find themselves three points up on the Canadiens with a game in hand.
More and more, it looks like the Habs are en-route for a top-three pick this summer.
The future GM will be pleased about that.
Louis is an Associate Editor at HabsAddict.com. Born in Chicago, Louis grew up in Quebec City where he earned Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Université Laval. Find him on twitter @LouisMoustakas
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