Game 37: Capitals exact a measure of revenge

Canadiens goalie Carey Price and teammate Yannick Weber react after Jay Beagle’s first-period goal for the Capitals on Tuesday night. Joe Giza, Reuters

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• At a Glance: This time, there was no celebrating for the Canadiens in Washington as they were blanked 3-0 by the Capitals on Tuesday night. The first two goals came late in the first period and were the result of some poor execution by the Canadiens. Jay Beagle scored with a great backhand shot that went over Carey Price’s right shoulder with 3:40 to play after the Canadiens lost a puck battle behind Price’s net. Mike Green made it 2-0 in the final minute of play as the Canadiens scrambled in their own end and Green was left alone to Price’s right and blasted a one-timer into the top corner. Alex Ovechkin scored into an empty-net in the final minute to seal the win, which was never really in doubt. The Canadiens were flat on the power play, going 0-for-5, while also blanking the Capitals in eight chances.

• Key Moments: The Canadiens were completely dominated in the faceoff circle all night by the Capitals.

• What It Means:
Montreal’s struggles continue as they have lost seven of their last nine games and fall to 20-15-2.

• What’s Next:
The road trip’s final two games are Thursday and Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers, respectively.

132 Comments

  1. Everlasting1 says:

    Been reading my posts?!

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  2. dh says:

    Yeah he can hook up with the cycling guys and get some of those magic vitamins…

  3. Mark C says:

    Here’s one that is valid: www.letsgoblues.com

  4. REB says:

    I agree with you.  Yes, there will be some heat in the french press if a non-francophone is hired as HC, but winning has a way of overriding issues like that.  I maintain, however, that the HC needs to be fluently bilingual, as it is a french city, french province, with a LARGE french-speaking fan base; this need works against Muller, if I’m not mistaken, as I don’t believe that he knows more than 10 words of french!

  5. larisalapointe says:

    Maybe my comment isn’t clear, but I am not suggesting a change in coaching. I know too well about our roster.

    I was expressing an idea after reading all the “Fire JM” posts.

  6. light_n_tasty says:

    Have you seen our roster? Seriously, do you think a different coach would make any difference?

  7. light_n_tasty says:

    When you take a good hard look at our roster, I don’t think you can expect much more.  The team is playing to its potential, and a different coach wouldn’t change our place in the standings.  An impact centre, a healthy all-star defenceman…these are the things that would make the difference.

  8. Everlasting1 says:

    An invalid domain name.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

     Don’t pollute the water.

  9. Kooch7800 says:

    Wiz is a good player. You will see he will be a nice addition to the Habs. 

    There will be another trade shortly.  I would put money on it that it is already almost done.  We can`t score, plain and simple.  Our top 6 are not consistent enough. Plek`s is our only game in and game out offensive weapon.  All of our top three additions from last year Gio, Gomez and Cammy have all realy struggled this year and it is starting to show.

    To give up 3 goals (one empty net) to Washington is not bad.  Not scoring any is the real issue with this team. 

  10. larisalapointe says:

    P-ster I still have my pink glasses on. And they ain’t coming off. LOL

    Just trying to have some responsible discussion here.

  11. Timo says:

    Coached? Like how? Throwing Halak in there and saying Hail Mary all game long? :)

  12. keepthefaith says:

    Another crappy comeback. From now on i will skip your posts. They are all the same anyway. As you were.

  13. Timo says:

    And with Chelios’ secret training program Hammer and Spach will be playing well into their 50s.

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jeff Schultz was +50 with the Capitals last season and he isn’t even half the defender that +21 Duncan Keith was, the reigning Norris Trophy winner on that season.

    When you play 23+ minutes per game for the NYI, a team that is 2nd-worst in the East for GA, you tend to be on for a lot of those goals whether they are your fault or not. +/- is a stat that needs to be carefully measured with ice time, D-partner and the overall team. Zach Bogosian had a -18 last season with ATL, he isn’t worse than Bruno Gervais or Matt Hunwick who had slightly better.

     

     

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  15. larisalapointe says:

     

    Edit: Didn’t realize you were talking about the D coach.


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