Game Day, With The Caps In Town

It’s game number 45 tonight for the Canadiens, with the Washington Capitals paying a visit to the Bell Centre, and of course the team needs to continue to build off their decent if unspectacular last-minute win over the Lightning on Thursday.

A lousy game for the Habs will mean the slump isn’t ended, and it’s imperative that it has.

The last time these two teams met, on April 9th in Montreal, the Capitals squeezed out a 3-2 win, and it was the line of Lars Eller, Alex Galchenyuk, and Brandon Prust who stood tall, with Eller scoring both Habs goals, Galchenyuk adding two assists and Prust one. It was also Rene Bourque’s first game back after his concussion situation, and he surprised all of us with his six solid hits.

It might also have been the beginning of Carey Price’s recent shakiness, as I mentioned in my game post from that night:

Maybe Carey Price wasn’t sensational. A couple of long shots with seeing eyes found their way past him. A puck in close bounced up and probably hit Andrei Markov’s stick before going in. But aside from the first period when he was getting it done in fine fashion, he wasn’t tremendously sharp, even though the goals might not have been his fault.

A netminder on top of his game will come up with the impossible in situations like these. Leave fans gasping and the other team pulling their hair out. Price fell slightly short of this on this night.

Random Notes:

Looks like Raphael Diaz is finally back, which is such great news. Now, if some slimy Caps player goes after Diaz’s head, the guy should be suspended for the entire playoffs.

The game plan is this – frustrate Alex Ovechkin, and wipe that annoying grin off Mike Ribeiro’s face.

 

4 thoughts on “Game Day, With The Caps In Town”

  1. With that other losing this afternoon, our guys have a chance to really open some space at the top. With Diaz returning, the defense should tighten up significantly. Play ‘em tight, play ‘em smart, take two points!

    (Travis Moen’s likeness is on my milk carton)

  2. The universe will be unfolding as it should if the Habs shellack the Caps tonight and the Leafs lose badly to the Sens.

    Hockey gods, make it so!

  3. Travis Moen, who hasn’t played nearly as tough as he could for most of the season, needs to kick it up a notch and bring his “A” game to the playoffs.

    Maybe he should eat one of these before the game:

  4. We need to win these last 4 games to convincingly show that we earned top spot in the division and #2 conference seed. I have a lot of sympathy for Boston and its citizens, and even for the Bruins and their fans but I don’t want any mental asterisks related to rescheduling problems over the final two weeks of the season.

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