Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov set the tone by touching the target powerplay and the Canadians took the measure of the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Thursday en route to his first victory against them since 1 February 2011.
Habs exploded with four unanswered goals in the second period, and he at the same time put an end to a series of six defeats against the Capitals (0-3-0), who started their season with three consecutive setbacks to first time since 1993.
They have been effective numerical superiority, men Michel Therrien also handcuffed Capitals outnumbered, the whitening on four occasions.
“The players embark much in the style of game that wants to adopt. They take great pride. When guys are on the ice, they take their responsibilities with the results we know, “said the head coach of the Canadiens.
Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges also scored five-against-five Canadian (2-1-0), while Raphael Diaz and Max Pacioretty finished the night with two assists each. The Swiss defender has five points this season, which ranks first in scoring among NHL defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk with.
“We support offensively and defensively. Attackers and defenders help return it makes life easier and Carey has been great, said Diaz. I think the whole team played with confidence. We know what happened last year and we learned from it. If we continue to follow the system, we will be successful. ‘
“It’s a team effort. Everyone contributes. The puck travels well, we are successful. So much the better, “said the No. 79.
Joey Crabb has prevented Carey Price of the shutout by scoring with 2:23 left in the game. It was the first goal given to numerical equality for Canadian this season. However, Price got the win, pushing 30 shots. His opponent, Michal Neuvirth, who was playing his first game this season, made 18 saves.
“It’s a shame to have given the final goal, but the team played very well in defense. We do not accept returns since the beginning of the season. This is great. Keeping ahead in the last game puts us in confidence since we had trouble doing last year, “said the No. 1 goalie of the Glorious.
“We had a little relaxation, but we want to be a tough team to play five against five,” for its part, reported Captain Brian Gionta.
Costly mistakes for Caps
Alex Ovechkin gave another lackluster performance, not displaying the same intensity as that which characterized during his first campaign in the NHL. Russian and Troy Brouwer also had a dungeon in the second period when the CH scored his first goal of the match.
“I would say that some of our errors occurred despite the effort. It’s very frustrating. We do not support the panic button, but it’s frustrating, “admitted Capitals coach Adam Oates.
“‘Embarrassing’ is almost the right word at the moment. ‘Pathetic’ is even better, “said the defender Troy Brouwer.
Plekanec opened the scoring at 3:47, beating Neuvirth speed lateral displacement. The Czech took a pass at the mouth of Markov left after the shot from Diaz had reached Karl Alzner goaltending.
Then, while Matt Hendricks was in jail for obstruction of Price, Markov scored his third goal in two games powerplay recovering the rebound of Pacioretty, at 4:44.
Four minutes later, Gionta has widened the gap to three goals in the skilfully redirecting a pass from Rene Bourque in the window, above the glove Neuvirth. Bourque had offered a good effort by winning his battle against a defender Capitals in the left corner of the rink.
Gorges drove the final nail in the coffin of the Capitals at 18:21, snapping a shot from the point that found its way behind Neuvirth, while David Desharnais hid the sight in front of the net.
The other Alex Galchenyuk one, again offered a great performance with Brendan Gallagher and Brandon Prust – who played his 200th consecutive game in the NHL. He also celebrated the event by engaging in a fight late in the game against Hendricks.
Lars Eller and Yannick Weber were left aside for a second straight game. The next match of Habs will be presented Sunday night against the New Jersey Devils.
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