Final OT

Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Saturday, November 19th
Game 2: Friday, December 23rd
Game 3: Monday, March 20th
Game 4: Thursday, March 30th

Capitals 2

(24-38-10, 58 pts)

Canadiens 3

(37-27-9, 83 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 30, 2006

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
WSH 0 1 1 02
MTL 0 1 1 13

C. Higgins (Canadiens - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

A. Ovechkin (Capitals - LW): 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

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.