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Saturday, February 4, 2012



WSH:   D. Wideman (08:10 - 1st) , M. Hendricks (06:11 - 3rd) , A. Semin (PS, 11:57 - 3rd)

WSH: T. Vokoun (W)
 MTL: P. Budaj (L)

                 This past afternoon in Montreal, the Habs were looking to move within 11 points of a Post-season spot with a win against the Capitals. But it didn't go as planned.  Just 8 minutes in, Widemans point shot was a knuckle ball that went high and over the glove of Budaj to make it 1-0 Capitals. 10 minutes into the second, Brouwer  had a breakaway and Budaj through his stick. So a penalty shot was called. Budaj would stopped Brouwer five hole. Lets jump to the third. 6 minutes in, Laich was stopped at the side of the net, but Hendricks was there to put home the rebound. Then 6 minutes later, Semin was awarded a penalty shot. He came in and scored over the glove of Budaj to make it 3-0 and that was the final.

              In the win, Vokoun made 30 saves on what were shots from every possible angle on the ice. Not many of the Habs shots were quality shots, that's why they lost. This loss will put the Habs 13 points out of a playoff spot."You fight yourself mentally," Gorges said of their losing season. "You're telling yourself to do so much and you accomplish nothing."Your mind's going 100 miles and hour and your feet aren't moving. You're overthinking everything. The problem is we're very tense, very tight. We're not just playing hockey. We're trying to do too much. It's mentally exhausting when you play like that."

          With Gomez's long drought of no goals since February 5th 2011, the fans were cheering him on every time he got the puck. With the his 1 year goal less anniversary coming up tomorrow, Gomez hopes that the fans will help him get a goal."It almost sounds like encouragement," Josh Gorges said. "It doesn't sound like booing.I hope it's encouragement and that they want to see him get that goal and move forward. I hope they're trying to push him to get the goal he wants and that we want him to get." With this win, the Capitals now have 3 straight shutouts in Montreal.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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