The Capitals came into this game with a record of 0-2 for the first time since the ’96-’97 season to square off in their first game outside of the Southeastern Division this year against the Montreal Canadians. Before this game the Caps held a six game winning streak against the Habs dating back to the ’10-’11 season. Now that streak has been broken with a final score of 4-1 in favor of the Habs and the Caps go to 0-3 on the year for the first time since the ’93-’94 season when they dropped the first six games of the season.
This game featured a battle of the 1st year coaches between Washington’s Adam Oates and Montreal’s Michel Therrien. Oates had his work cut out for him starting Michal Neuvirth for the first time this season between the pipes. Neuvirth who had not started a game since April 5th of last season, certainly did not perform much better than Braden Holtby has been in his first two starts this season.
Tonight Washington’s penalty kill did not improve much as they gave up two more power play goals to the Habs during a four goal second period. What’s ironic about that is that last season in the season series between these two teams the Caps did not give up a single goal on the power play (0-16). The lone high note in this game for the Caps was winger Joey Crabb scoring his first goal as a Cap in the third period which was the only Caps goal in this game. Also the Caps Matt Hendricks’ “goonish” ways decided to return tonight as he fought the Habs Brandon Prust late in the third period, this was Hendricks’ third fight in two games.
Washington will attempt to not go 0-4 on Friday in Newark as they face off against the New Jersey Devils, 7:00 PM ET. The Devils are 2-0-0 this season coming off a 3-0 victory over the Flyers last Tuesday night.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)