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WASHINGTON -- When the NHL lockout ended, many believed teams with first-year coaches would have the most difficult time getting out of the gates. On Thursday night in front of a restless crowd at Verizon Center, Michel Therrien's Montreal Canadiens looked like a team hitting its stride, while Adam Oates' Washington Capitals continued to stumble. Both coaches are in their first season. The Canadiens rattled off four straight goals in the second period, including power-play tallies by veterans Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov, and rode the goaltending of Carey Price (30 saves) to a 4-1 win. "He's been phenomenal since Day One," Therrien said of Price, who has started all three games for the Canadiens. "He reported (to camp) in great shape. He gives us a huge chance every night to win the hockey game, and he's playing terrific for us." Price lost his shutout bid with 2:23 remaining in the third period when Joey Crabb scored his first goal as...
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The Washington Capitals will be the last team in the NHL to earn a point in the standings. To date, they've lost 6-3 on the road in Tampa Bay, at home 4-2 against Winnipeg and at home 4-1 against Montreal.
Frustrations are boiling over and it has one Capital, forward Troy Brouwer, apologizing to fans that have suffered through a miserable start to the 2013 campaign.
Should he stay or should he go? If you believe the pundits, the Canadiens have offered Subban 2 years, $3 million per year - far too low. Subban, naturally, is offput by this offer, and wants 5 or 6 years, at $5.5-6 million per year - far too much. Who will blink first? The reality is that if the Habs deal Subban, the next decade will be spent looking for a physical, puck moving...
Little or no progress made in PK Subban contract negotiations. Habs firm on 2 year deal, roughly $5 mil total. Offer sheet? Trade? Options.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 26, 2013
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By James Stephan (@J_Habs)
Disappointment was what every Habs fan was reluctantly expecting on Tuesday, January 22nd as the Montreal Canadiens hosted the Florida Panthers. Fans were hoping that Saturday’s Home opening loss to the Leafs was just a case of the jitters and a very short pre-season to prepare.
Habs fans rejoiced around the world as they...
Mitchell is getting older - Scuderi is in the final year of his contract - Subban and Doughty for the next 5-6 years would be just brutal to the opponents of the Western Conference.
If the Habs ARE willing to deal P.K., a Western Conference team would make sense.
Is P.K. a Dean Lombardi "right fit?"
What would it cost Lombardi? They don't need Bernier and its...
Quick hit this morning, to be followed by a big rumor blog later on...
The Jamie Benn signing has really put the spotlight squarely on Pk Subban and the Montreal Canadiens as rumors of a possible offer sheet grow... The question is this...
poll by twiigs.com
more to come this afternoon....
With 17:44 left in the second period Thursday, it was about to get ugly.
To the Capitals’ credit, the team had already killed off a penalty they suffered in the opening minute of the game. The patterns—at least from the press box—looked more coordinated, as in, you could see them, even if nothing had resulted in an actual goal. But the Caps looked like they could be just one...
If the Washington Capitals' first two games have proven anything, it's that they are a work in progress struggling to learn a new system under a new coach.
The shortened season makes it even more important for them to be a quick study.
Washington looks to avoid its first season-opening three-game losing streak in nearly two decades Thursday night when it faces the visiting...
The Scott Gomez comeback starts now. Gomez has signed a one-year, $700,000 pro-rated deal with the San Jose Sharks, as reported by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. His deal comes just a handful of days after Wade Redden, his partner in bloated contracts that required buyouts, signed a deal with the St. Louis Blues.
Now that Gomez is back in an active NHL role and playing under a reasonable...
Brooks Laich won't be playing, but the Caps need him badly. (Clydeorama)
The Washington Capitals are in Newark, New Jersey this evening to take on the Devils as they try to rebound from their very poor start and get their first win of the season. Washington is 0-3-0 on the campaign so far, allowing 14 goals while scoring only four. The Devils, who shut out the Flyers...
Match-up - Washington Capitals (0-3-0) @ New Jersey Devils (2-0-0)
Road/Home records - 0-1-0 -------------- 1-0-0
TV - CSN-DC, MSG
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - Tied 0-0
Last 10: Capitals 0-3-0 / Devils 2-0-0
Projected starting goalies - Braden Holtby (WSH) vs. Martin Brodeur (NJ)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game
Washington - 2 / 4.67
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Remember when Mark Streit and Andrei Markov tormented penalty kill units and goaltenders?
Well, if you can't, you can get a great idea of what it was like if you've watched Markov and Habs sophomore defender Raphael Diaz work their magic on the power play.
It's not secret that Markov's performance through 3 games has all but turned the...