Boumedienne's OT goal sinks Canadiens


MONTREAL (AP) -- Jaromir Jagr's reputation helped the Washington Capitals get a game-winning goal from an unlikely source.

Defenseman Josef Boumedienne scored 3:09 into overtime to lift the Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. Washington tied it three times in the third period.

Boumedienne, who was recalled from Portland of the AHL earlier
in the day, beat goalie Jose Theodore to complete a passing play
with Jagr and Sergei Berezin that evened Washington's six-game,
cross-Canada road trip at 2-2.

"I saw that Jags was on the ice and I've seen that guy on TV so
many times that I figured that if I could find the hole, he'd
probably give me the puck, and sure enough, he did,'' said
Boumedienne, who had one goal in four NHL games last season.

Jagr, Washington's leading scorer with 74 points, returned after
missing six games because of a wrist injury.

"I didn't feel very good,'' Jagr said. "I had no jump and the
skating wasn't there. We've still got five games left before the
playoffs. I think I can get it where I feel very comfortable.''

Berezin got even with 3:08 remaining in regulation after Robert
Lang and Dainius Zubrus scored tying goals earlier in the period.

The Capitals, sixth in the East with 85 points, are three points
behind Tampa Bay for the Southeast Division lead.

Chad Kilger, Richard Zednik and Donald Audette scored for Montreal, which moved closer to missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.

"There's a price to pay if you want to win, and they didn't
want to pay it in the third period,'' Canadiens coach Claude Julien
said. "There's no excuse in the world, no reason for us not to win
that game.''

The Canadiens are 10th in the East with 73 points with five games remaining.

After Kilger opened the scoring late in the first, Lang scored
his 20th goal 2:10 into the third to tie it at 1.

Zednik scored his 29th on a power play at 5:50 to put Montreal
up 2-1, just moments after Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov
failed to score on a penalty shot against Olaf Kolzig.

Zubrus drew Washington even again at 7:47 before Audette
restored Montreal's one-goal lead with another power-play goal at

"I thought we played a pretty good 40 minutes in the first two
periods and it was up to us to finish it off with a strong 20 and
then be able to say we played a strong 60 minutes, but that didn't
happen,'' Julien said.

Game notes
The soldout crowd quickly drowned out a handful of boos and
cheered throughout the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner.'' The
Canadiens again played a videotaped message by Jean Beliveau urging
fans to respect both the American and Canadian national anthems.
... Boumedienne had one goal in his only game with New Jersey last
season before he was traded to Tampa Bay, where he was held
pointless in three games. ... Theodore made a sensational sprawling
save on Jeff Halpern 1:00 into the third as three Capitals found
themselves unchecked in front of the net.