Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said last night that his team played just 12 bad minutes against the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Debatable, perhaps, but now the Habs must regroup today and try to make adjustments to prevent the Caps from putting a hammerlock on a series which they lead 2-1 after last night’s convincing 5-1 victory.
The Canadiens are now riding a five-game Bell Centre playoff losing streak, not having won on home ice since a 4-3 overtime victory over Philadelphia in their conference semifinal on April 24, 2008. They’ve since lost two to Philly in that series, two to Boston last season in their conference quarterfinal and last night to the Caps.
The Capitals hold an optional workout late this morning at the Bell Centre, with the Canadiens scheduled to practice later in the afternoon.
Updates and audio coming here from Stubbs and Hickey later today.