Carey lifts Caps over Canadiens, 5-1

March 05, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

LANDOVER -- Maybe 20 year-old goaltender Jim Carey is the spark the Washington Capitals have been seeking all season.

Carey was little short of sensational last night, making one incredible save after another to lead the Capitals to a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the USAir Arena.

Carey seemingly used almost all the parts of his body to turn back Montreal, sprawling across the ice to knock away a promising series of shots.

With Carey doing the job in the goal, the scoring seemed to come eas

ier for a struggling Washington team that has finally won two games in a row for the first time this season.

Michal Pivonka had two goals. Dale Hunter, Keith Jones and Peter Bondra scored one each for goal for Washington.

The Capitals continued to play inspired hockey in the second period, with Carey putting on a show in the Washington net and the offense attacking Montreal goaltender Patrick Roy relentlessly.

Jones and Bondra scored goals for the Capitals, running their lead to 4-1 at the end of the period, and Carey had a spectacular 14 saves.

Carey made one save after another by diving all over the ice to keep the puck from going in the net.

In only his second start in the NHL, Carey had the Canadiens totally frustrated entering the third period.

Jones gave the Capitals a 3-1 lead with a rocket shot into the net at 6:02 of the second period, and Bondra made it 4-1 when a shot by Pivonka went off his skate into the goal at 16:23.

Washington dominated the first period, outshooting Montreal 14-8 and bolting to a 2-0 lead after 12:37 on power play goals by Hunter and Pivonka.

The Canadiens answered at 13:53 with a Paul DiPietro goal to reduce the lead to 2-1 at the end of the first period.

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