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Friday, January 25, 2013



MTL:   T. Plekanec (PPG, 03:47 - 2nd) , A. Markov (PPG, 04:44 - 2nd) , B. Gionta (08:39 - 2nd) , J. Gorges (18:21 - 2nd)
WSH:   J. Crabb (17:37 - 3rd)

MTL: C. Price (W)
 WSH: M. Neuvirth (L)

            Last night in Washington, the Capitals played host to the Montreal Canadiens and were looking for win number 1 of the season. There was no score in the first and the shots were 11-9 in favour of the Capitals. 4 minutes into the second with the Habs on a 5 on 3 powerplay, Diazs point shot was blocked by a Caps defenseman and it redirected right into the slot to Markov who played the puck down low to Plekanec who one timed a shot past Neuvirth to make it 1-0. That was the first time the Habs scored a powerplay goal against the Capitals since febuary 2011. 52 seconds later,  Paciorettys shot was stopped by Neuvirth and it was send right to the Markov who took a shot and scored to make it 2-0. 4 minutes later, Bourque came flying down the left wing with speed and he centred the puck to a wide open Gionta and he scored to extend the lead.

       Late in the second, Bouillon played the puck to Gorges and he wired a shot home for his 1st of the season to make it 4-0 after 2. The Capitals would break the shutout bid with under 3 minutes to go in the game with a goal by Crabb as the Habs beat the Capitals 4-1. This was the first time Montreal beat the Capitals in 6 games leading back to 2011."We took advantage of our power play, especially in the second period, and the power play gave us a chance to win this hockey game," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "We were pretty solid too, 5-on-5, and at the time where we needed the [penalty] kills, guys sacrificed themselves to kill those penalties, so it was a good team effort." In the win, Price made 30 saves. In the loss, Neuvirth made 18 saves.

      With this loss, the Capitals now have started the season with 3 consecutive losses, this is the first time it has happened since 1993."'Embarrassing' is almost the right term right now. 'Pathetic' is probably the better one," Capitals forward Troy Brouwer said. "I feel bad for the fans. I'd like to finish a game with at least 50 percent of the fans still in the stands. Their reaction is completely warranted, booing us."The Canadiens next game is Sunday night at 6:00pm E.t against the Devils on  RDS.

Written by Andrew Di Pardo

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