Hats take on Habs | NHL.com

April 16 against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center

time: 7:00 pm


radio: Radio Capitals 24/7, 106.7 The Fan

Washington Capitals (41-23-10)

Montreal Canadiens (20-44-11)

Two nights after a lopsided loss in Toronto in the opening game of a five-game road trip, the Hats continue their long journey with a visit to Montreal on Saturday night where they will face the Canadians.

Thursday’s 7-3 setback to the Maple Leafs in Toronto halted Washington’s four-game winning streak, the longest streak of the season. The defeat in the opener also ended the captain’s five-game winning streak on the road.

Toronto jumped out of the starting gate and took it to the hats of their opening encounter, making a two-goal lead in the first half and opening the game with four goals in just over six minutes. middle of the second period.

“There were a lot of things from tonight, and I’m not going to touch all of them,” Caps coach Peter Laviolet said following the loss to Toronto. “But there’s a lot of things that have to be better. Speed ​​was definitely one of them, but there’s a lot too. And so we’re going to take it and try to improve. There’s a lot we can have to be better than we were tonight, and to get back to winning some hockey games.”

The Leafs feature one of the NHL’s strongest offensive tackles, and the quick Toronto side jumped on the hats early in the game and never looked back. The Leafs led 1-0 before the game at the age of five minutes, and they were never behind. In the first eight-minute mark, Toronto had an unbalanced lead 13-1 on shot attempts at 5-on-5.

Caps Center Says: “There Are So Many Games” Niklas Backstrom. “I think you just have to forget about this game, put it aside and focus on the next game. Every game we play now is a big game, so we just have to prepare for the next game and make sure we focus and start better.

“Against a team like this, first of all you have to take care of the disc and you can’t get caught rushing a strange guy, that’s what they got all night. And obviously when they get those chances, good. They are good players and they have a lot of speed. That was definitely a disappointing area tonight.”

Toronto remains the only Eastern team to unbeaten the Caps during the 2021-22 regular season, and Washington will have another chance to score a column victory on the foliage between now and the end of the season. The Hats are hosting Toronto at the Capital One Arena on April 24, their first game in the region after the current road trip ended.

The team traveled to Montreal after Thursday’s game, and held an optional training Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s game with the Canadians. Washington is 13-5-1 since the start of March, and the Hats will be seeking to return to the winning track on Saturday against the Habs, who host the New York Islanders on Friday night at Bell Center.

Montreal is at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but the Hab has shocked both the Maple Leafs (on March 26) and the Tampa Bay Lightning (on April 2), and there’s no pressure on them, so they can’t be. It is taken very seriously.

“It’s always something,” says Laviolette. “[Thursday] At night we were up against a young, fast team that had a really good year. I think on any given night, you can win a game or lose a game with our preparations and actions on the ice.

“We will be looking to improve our game. We understand that [the Habs] Pose a threat. They have skill, they are dangerous, young, fast. The pressure thing, I think that’s a factor in it. You see teams every night that get out of the playoffs knocking out the top teams. From my point of view anyone beats anyone on any night, and you have to be ready to play.”

Goaltender Carey Price is back in action for the first time this season in Montreal’s home game on Friday night against the Islanders. Price hasn’t played since the 2021 Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay last July. He had knee surgery, then voluntarily entered the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program to address an ongoing substance abuse problem.

Price held 17 of the 19 shots he faced against the islands, and he shot in the third period. But New York scored two quick goals early in the third half, and Ilya Sorokin stopped all 44 shots the Canadians sent in his direction in a 3-0 win over the Islanders.

The 34-year-old Price won the Vezina, Hart, Jennings and Pearson Cups in 2014-15 when he won 44 games. Over the course of his 14-season NHL career — all with Montreal — Price has racked up a record 360-257-79 and racked up 43 playoffs victories, 13 of which came this past spring. He has four seasons left on a contract that carries an annual salary cap of $10.5 million.

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