How it happened: Mikhail Grabovski scored the tying goal with just over five minutes left in the third period to send the Capitals and Canadiens to overtime where a shootout would be needed. Braden Holtby made the big stop after a Grabovski shootout goal to give the Caps the win. Holtby managed well in an emergency situation as Michal Neuvirth – the game’s starter as originally planned – went down with a lower body injury during warmups. Holtby saved 35 shots and allowed just two goals, and kept the Capitals in it long enough to beat Peter Budaj and the Canadiens’ defensive front, the stingiest in the NHL.

What it means: The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Capitals who improve to 13-11-2 on the season. They sit second in the Metropolitan Division behind the Pittsburgh Penguins who also won on Friday, taking care of the Lightning 3-0.

Late life: The Caps trailed for over 53 minutes in the game before Grabovski’s goal to tie it at 2-2 at the 14:28 mark in the third. A missed shot by Troy Brouwer saw the puck ricochet wide in the Habs’ zone before Eric Fehr found Grabovski coming down the middle of the ice. Fehr returned the favor for Grabovski’s assist earlier with a perfect feed to Grabo. The veteran then snapped a shot past the stick of Budaj.