Habs Win In Washington


Alex Galchenyuk’s two goals and Mike Condon’s often great and sometimes lucky netminding helped the Canadiens edge the uppity Washington Capitals 4-3 in D.C. Wednesday night.

Although they barely held on in the final few minutes after blowing a 4-1 lead in the third.

But it was mostly an impressive outing by the boys, and as Dale Weise said between periods, before they almost blew it, “This is the kind of hockey we knew we could play.”

Sportsnet announcer Dave Randorf babbled on early about how great the Caps were and how they were too much for the struggling Canadiens. But he’d soon do an about-face.

Galchenyuk banged in a rebound to open the scoring, Brendan Gallagher fired home an Andrei Markov rebound, and the score was a shocking 2-0 Canadiens to end the first period. And Randorf quit the gushing and began to give the Habs their due.

The Canadiens deserved praise too. They skated well, looked sharp, scored a power play goal (Gally), and Ovechkin and company for the most part didn’t know what hit them.

To add to the first period shock, Tomas Fleischmann would make it 3-0 just two minutes into the second frame, which chased hotshot goaltender Braden Holtby, and after Jason Chimera solved Condon to make it 3-1, Galchenyuk would notch his second of the night and it was a magnificent 4-1 lead.

Maybe you saw Chimera in the series Road to the Winter Classic, when he was chirping PK Subban and saying, “You guys won nine straight but that’s it. Who do you think you are?”

The excellent second period also saw Brendan Gallagher on a penalty shot and Lars Eller on a clear-cut breakaway, with neither scoring. But they could have, and 5-1 or 6-1  would have been mighty fine.

But that’s not the way the Montreal Canadiens do things.

In the third period, after Jacob de la Rose was foiled on a breakaway, the Caps suddenly came to life, scored two and stormed the Montreal net, and almost came all the way back to win the friggin’ thing.

But the boys hung on and skated away with a fine 4-3 win.

They beat the penthouse dwellers. That’s good, right?

Random Notes:

Washington outshot Montreal 35-34.

Great stop by Condon on Mike Richards with his back turned.

Next up – Leafs at the Bell Centre on Saturday.


3 thoughts on “Habs Win In Washington”

  1. Now that we’ve shown that beat the best, we’ll show how much we struggle with the rest. The Leafs are just pathetic enough that we should be able eke out a win. It’s the least that they can do since we’ve provided Columbus and Buffalo with enough points to keep then in the lead for the first overall draft pick.

  2. Hard to believe same team without MT crutch DD. I don’t really hate him just his constant deployment and use above his ability by a stupid coach. MB needs to cut cord with MT this summer so AG will be happy coming back in a contract year so he can showcase himself for big payday and most of all we can finally win some meaningful games with a coach who will also be to see and use the talent we have in a proper fashion. Loads more to say but time is short.

  3. I expect the Habs to paste the Leafs Saturday……Last place lottery pick ..please

    Leafs are icing the AHL Marlies with all the callups..

    Austin Matthews cross my fingers…or at least one of the
    two big Finnish wingers..

    p.s love that Gallagher and Galchenyuk…never trade them

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