Friday, November 20, 2009
The Caps almost pulled the rabbit out of their hat in the final threeminutes tonight but a determined Carey Price and a Canadiens defenseemerged with a hard fought victory.
Any team coached by Jacques Martinis going to be structurally sound in the neutral zone and Montrealproved to be very frustrating to Washington's speedsters.
After alackadaisical start in the first ten minutes, Mathieu Perreault andEric Fehr continued to demonstrate good chemistry together and theyclicked to give the Capitals the lead. Fehr put that snap shot awaylike the goal scorer the club hopes he can be.
That gave surprisestarter Michal Neuvirth a lead to protect in goal for the home team.Neuvirth was victimized by two deflection goals and a bullet power playtally from Mike Cammalleri. Otherwise the 21-year-old net minder wassolid, not necessarily spectacular.
The Caps broke in 19-year-olddefender John Carlson tonight, and it was great to see the emotionalreactions of his family, particular his mom Angela in the stands. Theyoung man didn't appear flustered much by his surroundings. He threwhis weight around, he ripped a hard shot off the post, and kept hiscomposure as his ice time mounted.
The Caps lost Tom Poti to an upperbody injury in the 2nd period, which means they are likely to recallanother blue liner from Hershey in time for Saturday night's action inToronto.
The fans were treated to a big time strap between GeorgesLaraque and John Erskine in the first period. Erskine more than heldhis own against one of the league's heavyweight champs.
You could makethe argument the Caps outplayed the Canadiens this evening. Montrealwas bound and determined to hook and hold and slow the tempo down, andthey squeaked out the victory. Now we turn our attention to the Capsand Maple Leafs tomorrow at Air Canada Center. You can find that gameon CSN.