Series (Game 4 of 4)
Series tied 2-2
(24-38-10, 58 pts)
(37-27-9, 83 pts)
7:30 PM ET, March 30, 2006
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
C. Higgins (Canadiens - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0
A. Ovechkin (Capitals - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2
S. Koivu (Canadiens - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1
Washington (24-38-9) at Montreal (36-27-9) 7:30 pm EST
MONTREAL (Ticker) - Cristobal Huet has taken advantage of his
opportunity to lead the Montreal Canadiens to the playoffs.
Montreal can tie a season high with its fifth consecutive
victory and break the logjam for sixth place in the Eastern
Conference in Thursday's game against the Washington Capitals.
Inheriting the starting goaltending job after the Canadiens
traded Jose Theodore to Colorado on February 2, Huet is 15-8-4
with a 2.13 goals-against average and six shutouts this season.
Huet's play has helped Montreal move into a three-way tie with
Tampa Bay and New Jersey for sixth place in the East with a
five-point lead over Atlanta for ninth.
Chris Higgins scored his 17th goal, Radek Bonk added his sixth
and Huet made 36 saves for the Canadiens in Tuesday's 2-0
victory over the New York Islanders.
The Capitals are getting a change of pace after posting
consecutive victories over Carolina. The teams meet three more
times in five days April 3-7.
Matt Bradley scored twice and rookie sensation Alexander
Ovechkin added his 48th goal to lead the Capitals in Wednesday's
5-1 victory over the Hurricanes.
The leading contender for the Calder Trophy, Ovechkin trails
Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers by four goals for the
league lead and is third in points (92) behind Jagr and San
Jose's Joe Thornton.