Finding the net has been an uphill battle for the Washington Capitals early on this season. But on Saturday, something clicked for Dylan Strome.
Strome tallied the team’s first two goals against the Montreal Canadiens, allowing the Capitals to erase the team’s lead as the end of regulation neared. But an overtime goal from Cole Caufield secured the Canadiens’ 3-2 victory.
Canadiens center Sean Monahan opened up the scoring with a goal in the final minutes of the first period, giving Montreal an early lead. That was followed by a second-period score from Brendan Gallagher, resulting in Montreal’s two-goal advantage.
Strome tallied both of his goals in the third period, bringing the Capitals back into the game near the end of regulation. But only 40 seconds into overtime, Caufield beat Capitals goalie Darcy Kuemper, rendering Strome’s efforts moot.
Strome’s goals were the only times the Capitals could push the puck past Canadiens goalie Jake Allen, who ended the night with 30 saves and secured the Canadiens’ victory.
The Capitals had no lack of opportunities to find the net. The team tallied 32 shots on goal by night’s end, in addition to having five power play opportunities.
OFF TO THE BOX
Five Capitals were called for penalties: Alex Ovechkin, for slashing; Hardy Haman Aktell, for interference; Sonny Milano, for interference and holding; Evgeny Kuznetsov, for high-sticking; and Tom Wilson, for tripping.
The Capitals return home for a bout against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tuesday’s puck drop from Capital One Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m.