Douglas Murray, who was beaten and bloodied in a fight with Sabres enforcer John Scott during the Canadiens’ 3-1 win in Buffalo Wednesday night, wasn’t on the ice when the Canadiens practised in Washington Thursday to prepare for Friday’s game against the Capitals (5 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Murray needed stitches to close a cut on his forehead.
“Murray played well in 5-on-5 for us and he was good on the penalty-kill,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after Wednesday’s game. “He made a good first pass and he stood up for his team.”
Therrien announced after Thursday’s practice that Peter Budaj will start in goal against the Capitals. Rene Bourque, who has missed the last four games and has recovered from a groin injury, took part in practice but isn’t expected to be in the lineup against the Capitals. Francis Bouillon will take Murray’s spot on the blue line.
The practice ended with Travis Moen giving Lars Eller some tips in a boxing lesson.
In other news Thursday, former Hab Guillaume Latendresse was cut by the Zurich Lions of the Swiss league.
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