WASHINGTON - The Montreal Canadiens looked like a team playing its first back-to-back of the season. Air Max Shop Schweiz . They let the Washington Capitals take the first 14 shots and spent far too much time in the penalty box during the opening period.Yet they only trailed by one, and they eventually got their act together. Tomas Plekanec tied the game in the third period with his third goal of the young season, and the slow start evolved into a 2-1 shootout win Thursday night.First period was probably the worst period since I have been a Montreal Canadien, said forward Brandon Prust, whos starting his third season with the team. We were very fortunate to be down 1-0.Brendan Gallagher scored the decisive goal in the fifth round of the shootout, and Dustin Tokarski made 29 saves for the Canadiens, getting the start after Carey Price worked the 4-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday.We start to play, we start to hustle in the second period, Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. We start to play with more passion. Tokarski was great, gave us a chance to stay in the game.The result spoiled the Capitals debut of Barry Trotz, the longtime Nashville Predators coach who was hired to get Washington back to the playoffs after the team sat out the post-season last spring for the first time since 2007.Trotz said he was nervous before the game, got chills during the national anthems and had trouble calling out the line changes because Capitals fans were so loud. He said his team lost the game because its dominant play in the first period never produced a second goal.You have them on the floor, and you couldnt just knock them out, Trotz said. They were resilient, and they sort of crawled their way back into the game. Shame on us we couldnt bury them.Nineteen-year-old rookie Andre Burakovsky, the Capitals latest experiment at second-line centre, scored his first NHL goal 6:43 into the game. The 2013 first-round draft pick hit a one-timer from the slot on a feed from Troy Brouwer after Brouwer created a turnover near the Montreal net.By the third period, Montreal was pinning Washington on its heels and got one goal that counted and two that didnt. Plekanec tied the game with 9:29 left in regulation, going high to beat Braden Holtby from the right circle.The Canadiens thought they had evened the score about a minute earlier, but Rene Bourque was cited for goaltender interference to wipe out Pierre-Alexandre Parenteaus apparent goal. Then, with the score tied and 4:29 to play, Bourques drive from the left circle was ruled a goal a€” until a video review showed the shot hit the right post without clearing the line.Capitals three-time league MVP Alex Ovechkin had an active game, taking four shots on goal, drawing two penalties and getting credit for six hits as he returned to left wing after playing mostly on the right side under previous coach Adam Oates.Notably, Ovechkin wasnt among the first three Capitals in the shootout. When he did get an attempt, in the fourth round, it was saved by Tokarski. Ovechkin was only 2 for 16 in the skills competition last season.Theres guys that are really good at shootouts, and theres guys that can score 5-on-5, Trotz said. Hes just really good 5-on-5. I dont think hes really great in the shootouts.NOTES: Burakovsky became the first Capitals player to score his first goal in his NHL debut since Ovechkin on Oct. 5, 2005. ... Among the scratches for Washington was D Mike Green, sidelined with an upper-body injury. ... The Capitals welcomed former favourites Peter Bondra, Sylvain Cote, Rod Langway and Craig Laughlin for the start of their 40th anniversary season. Langway recalled that the teams practice facility in the 1980s was in such a bad neighbourhood that police had to watch the players cars. He also called the old suburban Capital Centre one of the worst buildings in the league. The team moved to the downtown Verizon Center in 1997.___Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP Vapormax Schweiz Kaufen . Not bad for a defenceman. The goal, that is. Although the shuffling dance steps werent bad, either. Barrie scored 55 seconds into overtime, Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots, and the Avalanche moved a step closer to their first playoff berth in four years with a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Nike Air Max 270 Günstig . Pekovic had an MRI test Tuesday on his right ankle that revealed bursitis, which is inflammation of the fluid-filled pad that cushions the joint.WINNIPEG -- Dustin Byfugliens versatility is proving to be highly valuable to the Winnipeg Jets. Byfuglien, who was moved to forward from defence earlier this month but sometimes plays both positions in a game, scored the winner in a 5-4 overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. The six-foot-five Byfuglien took a pass from captain Andrew Ladd and fired a wrist shot over goalie Jonathan Berniers glove 2:44 into the extra frame for his 12th goal of the season. "They (the Leafs) backed off a little bit," Byfuglien said. "They didnt know we were trying to regroup type of thing. "It was tough for them, but I just got the puck on the net." Rookie Mark Scheifele, defenceman Zach Bogosian and both Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little on the power play scored for the Jets, who outshot the Leafs 31-27 after regulation play and 32-28 following overtime. Little also had an assist and Ladd added two assists for Winnipeg (24-24-5). Toronto (27-21-6) got a power-play goal from defenceman Dion Phaneuf, centre Troy Bodie scored his second of the season and defenceman Tim Gleason marked his first goal of the year. Jets coach Paul Maurice said Byfugliens versatility is a big plus for the team. "Its a huge, huge luxury," Maurice said. "It makes us run our bench. It makes my pairs right coming off the bench up front. You get all your best offensive players on the ice that way." Byfuglien was moved to forward by former coach Claude Noel in his last game before he was fired and replaced by Maurice on Jan. 12. The Jets are 5-1 under Maurice, but they let a 4-1 second-period lead get away that seemed a little reminiscent of the past. Phil Kessel tied the game 4-4 with 1:33 left in the third period on a sharp-angled shot that beat goalie Ondrej Pavelec. "I know the scoring progression is going to say we blew a 4-1 lead, but I didnt feel we didnt generate anything and that they were all over us," Maurice said. "They had some flurries, they have some real good players. And we had some great chances, too." Little said his team didnt lose its confidence as the scoreboard shifted. "Its never fun when you start to let a team back in the game," Little said. "When they scored that fourth (goal), I tell you we handled it real well. We stayed pretty level-headed. Even if it took longer than 60 minutes, I thought we felt we were going to get the job done." Pavelec stop 24 of the 28 shots he faced. James Reimer started for the Leafs, but let in four goals on 18 shots andd was replaced by Bernier midway through the second period. Nike Air Max 95 Damen Günstig. Bernier stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced. "We felt that it would be the decision to let a guy play in his hometown," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said of the decision to go with Reimer, who was born in Morweena, Man. The Jets went up 2-0 early in the first period after scoring on their first and fourth shots of the game. Toronto coughed up the puck in its own end and Jets forward Evander Kane got it and sent a pass to Scheifele. Reimer got a piece of Scheifeles shot, but not enough as the Jets went up 1-0 at 3:10 on the rookies 10th goal of the season. Winnipeg made good on its first power play of the game, courtesy of a hooking penalty on Leafs defenceman Morgan Reilly. Pavelec got things started with a pass out to defenceman Jacob Trouba, who then sent the puck to Wheeler just outside Torontos blue-line. Wheeler raced in alone on Reimer and put a shot through his pads at 6:34. "Obviously, the first two goals were goals that I thought that were scored in the middle of the net and those are tough ones," Carlyle said. "I contemplated whether to do something at that point, but I felt get him through the period and give him an opportunity to fight and battle himself back. "And then he did that because he came out in the second period and made some big stops. He made a stop on a breakaway. He battled hard for our hockey club." A five-goal second period saw each team scoring twice in a span of 3:01. The Leafs used a power play for Phaneufs fifth goal of the season, a long one-timer straight at the net through traffic at 6:13 while Jets defenceman Keaton Ellerby was in the box for boarding. Littles 17th goal of the season came just over a minute later as he redirected a shot by Toby Enstrom to make it 3-1. Bogosians shot 37 seconds later beat a partially screened Reimer and sent the goalie to the bench in favour of Bernier, who entered his 100th career game with his team down 4-1. "Well, it was more mercy because one was a deflection and the another one was posted in," Carlyle said. "We just needed a little bit of a change." Toronto made it 4-2 on Bodies goal 61 seconds later at 9:14 and then made it a one-goal deficit at 16:44 when Gleasons shot hit Trouba and went through Pavelecs pads. James van Riemsdyk assisted on Kessels goal and saw a silver lining in falling just short of a successful comeback. "We got down and were able to battle back and showed character," van Riemsdyk said. "But again, well take the point." ' ' '
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