The Canadiens held a high-tempo practice on Brossard ice this morning to begin preparations for their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series vs. the Washington Capitals. The best-of-seven set, the first ever between the two clubs, begins Thursday at the Verizon Center in the U.S. national capital.
The Habs will skate again Tuesday and Wednesday mornings before chartering to Washington for the start of the series.
Practice points of note:
• Sergei Kostitsyn, apparently having snapped the leash chaining him to a doghouse, was skating a third line with Dominic Moore and Travis Moen;
• Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne, who saw very limited action Saturday vs. Toronto, was a fourth blueline pair with Ben Maxwell, which doesn’t augur well for O’Byrne unless things change in the next couple of days.