Dumped In D.C.

Who is this fellow? Find out after I babble a bit about tonight’s bummer.

Three goals in the first 2:51 of the game while the Canadiens were still waking up from their afternoon naps, and 4-0 Caps after one period, with Alex Ovechkin scoring three of them.

In the second frame, with Al Montoya in net to replace Carey Price, the Canadiens dominated in fine fashion, with Brendan Gallagher notching a shorthanded marker to narrow it slightly to 4-1 and give us a speck of hope. But Ovechkin, with his fourth of the night, and a goal by Aussie rookie Nathan Walker to make it 6-1 before the period ended, and it was all down the drain like overpoured $12 beer at the Capital One Arena.

The third frame was a lost cause, completely out of reach for the visitors, and all that was left to ponder was whether Ovy would score five. He didn’t.

Just one of those nights. Buried less than three minutes in. Caps goaltender Braden Holtby was terrific, and the Canadiens were demolished even though outshooting Washington 39-23 overall.

Now it’s on to New York for a Sunday game at MSG (7 pm ET), and it’s exciting to think of the possibility of Al Montoya showing up at the Copacabana to sing his massive hit ‘Volare’.

Oh. That’s Al Martino. And he’s dead.

Never mind.

Post-game show:

The cute baby below is Samuel Daigneault from Montreal, and back in June 2013 I posted a small story after seeing him in a 1991 Canadiens magazine that I have. (There’s also a story in the same issue about me and some Russian Habs fans friends, but I digress).

You can see my post about Sam right here – Samuel

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Guess what? Samuel is all grown up now, he saw my post a while back, and here he is!

8 thoughts on “Dumped In D.C.”

  1. Hey Dennis, Tough game to wstch but i always hang on till the end hoping tides will change and the Habs will come on stronger…not tonite though. Thet showed some spark in the second but that was it…. did the team have a few beers on the way to the game? Oh well we wait till tomorrow

  2. Gave up on the game and the team after ten minutes…too painful to watch….not so sure about this season’s edition of ‘les tricolour’…..wonder how many practices and games it will take them to find their legs and put some confidence back into the game?….i know it’s still very early in a long season….hopefully i’ll get back with a more positive outlook on the team.
    Dennis…thanks for putting the time and energy into the recaps.

  3. The Buffalo game gave us clues and last night’s really showed how porous our defence is now. Early in the season I know, but I see no improvement from last years squad. Amazing how a really good team can highlight your shortcomings…..but fast.

  4. Hi Billy. The Caps might be a good team, they are every year, but they always stink in the postseason. And after those three quick goals on the first period, Montreal played a decent game. So I’m not too upset just yet.

  5. Hey Derry, it was one of those nights when the Caps couldn’t do anything wrong. I don’t think it’s a true gauge of our team. The game was out of reach before they even opened their eyes.

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