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Dennis Wideman’s fluky goal is Capitals’ game winner against Canadiens

Dennis Wideman’s goal 8 minutes 10 seconds into the first period at Bell Centre Saturday afternoon certainly wasn’t pretty. In fact, the defenseman hung his head in disbelief at the way he chipped the puck like he was a golfer with a wedge rather than fully connecting on a slap shot.

That fluky goal stood as the game-winner, though, as the Capitals captured an important 3-0 win against Montreal.

“It just went straight up,” Wideman said. “You want to score goals but when they go in like that you kind of don’t know what to do. Things aren’t going well for them and when it’s going that way, it seems like goals like that go in. You kind of feel bad; I’ve been on the other end before.”

Wideman said he got lucky that the puck managed to float all the way to the net and avoid being picked up by any of the Canadiens’ defenseman or Peter Budaj. Strange goal or not, the Capitals will happily take it.

But it’s certainly not the type of shot one expects when Wideman tees the puck up from the point.

“The All-Star Game he had a 95-mile-an-hour shot. And once he scored I was like, a ‘9.5-mile-an-hour one will work too, I guess,’ ” Brooks Laich said. “Sometimes you get lucky; that’s all that was. It was a fluke goal, a lucky goal. But we’ll take it and move on.”

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