Nicklas Backstrom brought the crowd to life Saturday by simply being in the lineup, and the Capitals managed to squeak by with a win in the shootout and two much needed points. He played almost 20 minutes in his return, third most of any Caps forward.
It wasn’t a pretty win, with the Caps blowing a 2 goal lead over Montreal early. Overall, however, the only Capital to not have a shot on goal by the end was Marcus Johansson. The oddest stat of the night may be that Karl Alzner had 3.
There was also an interesting moment earlier in the game when Matt Hendricks dropped one glove, then watched P.K. Subban skate away from a fight that Subban had apparently suggested, according to Hendricks’ account postgame.
Hendricks also had a chance to utilize his apparently indecipherable shootout move that sent Tim Thomas raging on Thursday. We are happy to report that it remains unsolved, as do the Capitals, who have managed to make postseason hopes far more likely than one might have expected after losing to Buffalo 5-1 Tuesday.