Ovechkin and the Capitals, rossent the Canadian 6-1
Photo: Nick Wass Associated Press
Alexander Ovechkin scored 4 goals in the decisive victory of his team.
The good will that the Canadian was purchased by snatching victory in his first game of the regular season quickly disappeared, while montreal has received a hard setback of 6-1, on Saturday, against the Washington Capitals.
Alex Ovechkin became the first player since 1917 to succeed of the towers of the hat during each of its first two games of the season, who has scored four goals in the face of the Habs having scored three in a win of 5-4 in a shootout in the face of the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. Cy Denneny (Ottawa), Joe Malone (Montreal) and Reg Noble (Toronto) had accomplished the feat during the first campaign in the history of the NHL.
Ovechkin was also ahead of Mats Sundin and Joe Nieuwendyk in 22nd place in the history of the NHL with 565 career goals.
T. J. Oshie and Nathan Walker were the other scorers Capitals (2-0-0), while Evgeny Kuznetsov has earned four helpers. Walker was the first player from Australia to play a match in the NHL.
Brendan Gallagher provided the shy reply from the Canadian (1-1-0), outnumbered, and while the team was accused already a delay of 4-0.
After a start of the calendar preparatory to catastrophic, the Canadian had put an end to his camp with two victories in a row. The Habs had then deleted two delays of a goal before defeating the Sabres in Buffalo 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday in their opening match.
However, some of the gaps in Canada have quickly resurfaced Saturday. The group has at times seemed disorganized in its area, and multiplied the errors in the beginning of the meeting, while the Capitals have hit the target after 0 : 20 (Ovechkin), 0 : 46 (Oshie) and 2:51 (Ovechkin, numerical advantage).
“To win here, it is necessary that everyone is on the same page,” said the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien. You can’t win with half a team or three-quarters of the team. […] When we play well as a team, this is where it has the results. “
Julien has requested a halt to allow his troops to recover their spirits.
“At this point, they had the air of a team disrupted for the remainder of the first period, noted Julien. The damage was done. “
The Capitals have still scored the next goal, with 1:50 left in the first twenty. Ovechkin completed his hat trick by deflecting a shot from Kuznetsov behind Carey Price. The latter was replaced by Al Montoya at the return of the intermission.
Price gave up four goals on 14 shots, while Montoya has sold two times out of nine throws.
The Canadian has better published subsequently. Gallagher has closed the gap to 4-1 shorthanded after a nice effort by Paul Byron and him.
The keeper of the Capitals Braden Holtby has also had its word to say, making 38 stops. He was particularly brilliant against Artturi Lehkonen in the second period, and then early in the third period.
The elks of Canada have, however, been hampered late in the second period, when Ovechkin was first registered his fourth goal of the game. Walker was then credited with his first NHL goal with 1:50 to go in the period when the shooting of Devante Smith-Pelly deflected off his leg before reaching the goal.
“For 15 minutes [in the second period], it has been good, has recalled Julien. And then in the last five minutes, we slipped and we gave goals. […] We had managed to tighten the game and to minimize their number of shots.
“We must do it right from the start of the match. It was not ready to begin the game. It is our fault. “
The third period was a formality.
The Canadian will be in New York Sunday night to face the Rangers. Julien has suggested that Price could get the start in front of the net.
The Habs will then play its home opener on Tuesday, when the Chicago black hawks will be visiting the Bell Centre.