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Game #45 | Washington @ Montreal | 20 April 2013 7:00pm EST


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The Caps are coming in on the heels of a 3-1 loss to the Senators in Ottawa on Thursday night, a setback that halted Washington’s winning streak at eight games and also quelled the Caps’ streak of road games with at least a point at eight (7-0-1).

The Caps got a healthy taste of why Ottawa is so strong on home ice; the Sens ran their record at Scotiabank Place to 15-3-3 with the win over the Caps. Ottawa was stifling in the neutral zone, strong on pucks and it used its speed to pressure the Caps in their own end. Washington was unable to break out of its zone cleanly, and the Caps too frequently flipped pucks to space instead of making plays because they didn’t have the time and space needed to make those plays.

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Most recently, the Canadiens wrested a 3-2 home ice game from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, grabbing the two points when Brian Gionta scored the game-winner in the final minute of regulation. In each of its three games immediately prior to Thursday, Montreal allowed five or more goals and the goaltender who started the game did not finish it.

Carey Price stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced against the Lightning and the Habs hope that game puts him back on the beam.

Montreal appears to be getting a bit healthier down the stretch, too. Forward Colby Armstrong and defenseman Raphael Diaz are getting close to returning to the lineup, and both could play as soon as Saturday night against Washington.

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This is the last home game of the regular season, make it memorable boys!

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awesome GDT thread there CRB....as usual..............nice touch with the flags kids ;)

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Prust will be presented with the award tonight with the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy....to the player who played a dominant role during the regular season, without earning any particular honour.

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Great GDT! Well deserved Brandon but crap an awards ceremony. Well let's shake it off & win anyways. Welcome back Diaz. Colby close too. Enjoy the game at the Bell CRB!

We overcame the ceremony jinx last time, we can do it again tonight :D and thanks, I fully intend to have fun at the Bell. This being the last home game of the season, I wonder if the Habs planned it as "fans appreciation night" like last year and if they'll again do the "jerseys off our backs" thingie.

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We overcame the ceremony jinx last time, we can do it again tonight :D and thanks, I fully intend to have fun at the Bell. This being the last home game of the season, I wonder if the Habs planned it as "fans appreciation night" like last year and if they'll again do the "jerseys off our backs" thingie.

Get me #14 please. ;)

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Get me #14 please. ;)

:D ... and # 11 for me.

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And, at this juncture I am looking for the Habs to simply play like they can and like they were, before the skid -- dominating puck possession, constantly having three forwards on the dump-ins, moving out of their zone with pick passes and heading up ice as a fivesome, backchecking as a fivesome.

That 3-2 win over TBay was still not it. (No more of the Atom hockey break-out, please!!! (three forwards standing at the opposing blueline and the 2 d-men charged with getting them the puck at the standstill -- :rolleyes: meh! That's got to stop! ))

I'm not too bothered about the result tonight, as long as they play like they can -- re-trigger their game.

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Well i was looking forward to relaxing and watching this game tonight. Now appears i have a dinner engagement and will miss most of it. <_<

The boy's will have to win this one without me. :P

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Great GDT CRB! I smell a win.

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TSN radio is reporting that Diaz is playing..

Habs hope Diaz's return from concussion will bolster defence

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Hey there CRB....enjoy yourself tonight at the Bell.

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oleeeeeeeeeeeeee :ph34r:

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We really need this win. Boston having cancelled tonights game due to the bombings earlier in the week will have 2 games in hand over the habs.

We need to pile up as many wins as possible from now to the end of the season.

It is all hanging on the onezies, FS,,,, :P

Higgins is out,,,,not that he can hit the net anyway.

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