The Habs kept rolling along, going into Washington and beating the Capitals 4-1. The Canadiens scored early in the second period and never looked back.
Washington looked totally out of sorts, rarely generating any speed through the neutral zone and creating very few scoring chances. Capitals' captain Alex Ovechkin had only three quality shots on goal. Carey Price was solid once again in the Montreal goal, only allowing a single shot to be him off the stick of Joey Crabb with 2:23 left to play. Price stopped 30 of 31 shots he faced.
Offence from the back-end was once again front and centre, as both Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges beat Washington netminder Michal Neuwirth. Markov now leads the Habs with three goals on the season, while Raphael Diaz , who added two assists on the night, leads the team in points with five.
Habs and Hockey News and Notes;
- Jimmy Murphy had some news about the P.K. Subban contract impass, and he joined Corey Collard, Dave Kellerman and Kamal Panesar on Montreal Hockey Talk to discuss it.
- The Edmonton Oilers found a way to squeak out a 2-1 overtime win against the L.A. Kings, as Nail Yakupov scored with only five seconds left in regulation, and Sam Gagner scored his first of the season in overtime. The highlight of the night was the celebration by Yakupov after scoring the tying goal.
- Jamie Benn finally signed a five-year, $26.25 Million contract ($5.25 Million AAV). According to sources, the Stars had made this initial offer weeks ago, but Benn's agent, Rich Evans, never advised his client that this offer was tabled by Dallas.
Friday, January 25, 2013