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WASHINGTON: The Montreal Canadiens used a four-goal barrage to rout Washington 4-1 yesterday and leave the Capitals still searching for their first win of the lockout-reduced season.
Second period goals from Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Markov, Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges secured back-to-back victories for the Canadiens after a lacklustre season-opening loss to Toronto.
“We took advantage of our powerplay, especially in the second period,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien told reporters. “The powerplay gave us a good chance to win this hockey game.”
Canadiens netminder Carey Price stopped 30 shots and was rarely tested before a Joey Crabb goal with 2:33 remaining ended the veteran goalie’s shutout bid.
“Things haven’t been going our way,” Capitals first-year coach Adam Oates said.
“The team is probably a little fragile and we gave them a five-on-three goal, which right away took the wind out of our sails a little bit,” he added after yesterday’s match. REUTERS