WASHINGTON | Winners of the Stanley Cup in 2018, the Capitals are nothing like a rebuilding team. They’re still itching for wins, especially with veterans who aren’t getting any younger.
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In the morning, Peter Laviolette had launched his message.
“It is unacceptable to open the season with two losses, we need to see a sense of urgency in our game.”
Without saying that he had fire in his eyes, like Maurice Richard, Laviolette bit his lip a bit as he spoke of the importance of this match against the Canadians.
three quick goals
The Capitals made their head coach’s heart pound with their first win this year. Against a rebuilding team, the Caps won 3-1 on Saturday at Capitol One Arena.
The CH did not play an atrocious game. At the start of the second half, the visitors were leading 1-0. But the Capitalinos got the knockout. to a very fragile young group with three goals in just over six minutes in the second. Conor Sheary, Anthony Mantha and TJ Oshie all beat Samuel Montembeault, who was making his first start of the year.
“I felt good even if I was a little nervous,” Montembeault said. He hadn’t played in almost ten days. I liked my game except for the second goal. I can’t give away a goal on a shot that goes through me. »
A chance for Drouin
Jonathan Drouin has returned to training for this visit to Alexander Ovechkin’s country. He replaced Rem Pitlick on the left wing of the fourth line skater with Jake Evans and Mike Hoffman. Number 27 had an honest game in his debut.
“I didn’t have a lot of pace during the preparatory calendar, but I took advantage of a good week of training, Drouin stressed. I spent time with Martin and the other trainers and felt better tonight. »
After a victory in the opening game against the Maple Leafs, the Habs lost their next two games on opposite courts. We anticipated a difficult season. We already have a taste.
What we noticed…
Kaiden Guhle was a doubtful case for this visit to Washington. Corey Schueneman had been given time off from reservists’ morning training to preserve his energy for the evening. But Schueneman never needed to touch. Guhle kept his place to the left of David Savard. He allowed six hits, sparred with Anthony Mantha late in the game, but finished the game with a -2 record.
“He is 18 years old, he must have energy. That’s how Martin St-Louis reacted when asked if he had considered resting Juraj Slafkovsky due to a second match in as many nights. Slafkovsky hit the post in the first period, coming close to scoring his first NHL goal. Used for less than ten minutes against the Wings, the Slovakian topped the 12-minute mark against the Caps. “There isn’t a minute that isn’t important in this league,” St-Louis recalled. Each game has an importance in the result. Whether you play 5, 10 or 20, every minute counts. »
Nick Suzuki stunned defenseman Nick Jensen with a quick feint behind the net before slipping the puck through the pads of Darcy Kuemper. For Suzuki, it was a first goal this season. But for Arber Xhekaj, it was his first point in the NHL. In his third game, the great defender will have gotten an assist.
ALWAYS TO ZERO
Alexander Ovechkin had an assist but is yet to score his first goal of the season. He had hit the target in the first half, but St-Louis won their challenge for offside. And at the end of the game, he hit the post on an empty goal.
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