Longwell, Q.; He made his compatriot count on Saturday night with two goals in 34 seconds and two assists as the Capitals beat the Canadians 8-4 at the Bell Center.
“It’s really good (for the confidence), especially in matches like this in Montreal,” said Mantha. My family and friends are here, can’t wait to see them. I will try to continue in this race and build the same amount of confidence in qualifying.”
Capital coach Peter Laviollette said injuries such as Mantha’s have periods of rehabilitation as “there is no light at the end of the tunnel”. The veteran coach was delighted to see the 27-year-old perform before extending his side’s regular season at home.
“It’s really nice to have him back because of his size, given the way you can be physically, his skill level and the way he can contribute to our team when he’s in his game,” he said. “It’s good to see him come back and get into a beat and be able to contribute.”
The Capitals (42-23-10) started a five-game wild ride with a 7-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but traded themselves off with a string of goals in Montreal.
Besides Mantha, Washington had five scorers Nick DoddAlexander Ovechkin Agate HathawayAnd Justin SchultzAnd TJ O’Shea And Dmitriy Orlov. The Russian Blue Line player added three assists to his tally. Vitik Vanak saved 28 balls in the win.
“We had two men who had great nights,” Laviolette said. “But I think everyone was looking for a little bit of redemption after the last game where we didn’t play the way we wanted to.”
Despite the emotional game Friday night that witnessed Carry price Make his comeback between the pipes, Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis He was happy with his team’s first period. Ryan Bowling record twice, Jake Evans And Nick Suzuki Added goals. Samuel Montembolt saved 32 balls in the loss.
For St. Louis, it was difficult to come back with two goals that Mantha scored in four against four.
“We went down four to four and they scored two goals,” St. Louis said. “Washington is good at spaces.” “I’m going to take some of the blame for that because, frankly, I can’t say we’ve worked that much on four against four concepts. Those goals hurt us.”
Montreal (20-45-11) recovered early in the third with Poehling’s second game of the night, but Washington hit back, leaving a confinement with a five-game winning streak.
“The fifth goal was hit, the bubble burst at that moment,” St. Louis said. “There is a little hope when we make it 4-3 but they are 5-3 ahead in the next turn, the bubble is bursting and it is difficult to get back into the match. I saw it in the third, their players had confidence and moved the disc well.”
Dodd gave the DC team an early lead by draining Orloff’s shot from his stick at 12:23 of the first period.
Evans equalized the score at 1:56 of the second half with a slap shot from the top of the right-hand circle.
Mantha scored two goals in a row to regain the lead. The striker recovered the rebound from his shot to score his first goal of the night.
Then he beat Montembeulte with a shot from the wrist after 34 seconds to give Washington a two-goal lead.
Montreal lowered its deficit by one goal when Jeff Petri and Poehling combined on one timer.
Washington reclaimed two goals when Ovechkin was left alone in the slot, and scored the 47th mark of the season.
Poehling scored his second goal of the night by picking up a loose disc in the hole and hitting a distracted Vanacek.
Washington responded with three unanswered goals. Hathaway scored his thirteenth goal this season. Orlov added the sixth goal for the capitals from his high place. Finally, Schultz’s shot deflected David SavardStick and past Montembolt.
Suzuki’s 20th goal of the season came at 14:53 of the third half.
O’Shea’s goal in the power game at 16:35 of the final frame resulted in Washington’s victory.
This report was first published by The Canadian Press on April 16, 2022.