Two Painful Losses For The Canadiens.
The series between the Washington Capitals and the Montreal Canadiens is a very entertaining one this far.
After winning the first game of the series, the Canadiens saw the Capitals come back from a 1-4 deficit during game two to eventually win by the score of 6-5 during extra time. A pivotal game in this series tied then at one game apiece.
The third game of the series was a continuation of game two as the Capitals struck four times during the second period alone to run away with a 5-1 victory at the Bell centre. After being held in check during game one, Alexander Ovechkin elevated his game and scored two big goals that seemed to completely stun the Canadiens.
Capitals' head coach, Bruce Boudreau, also made a timely goaltender change during game two. That substitution marked a pivotal point in the series. Jose Theodore was pulled by his coach and replaced by Simeon Varlamov after allowing two quick goals to the Canadiens.
On Montreal's side, Jaroslav Halak was unable to hold off the Capitals during game two and three and was eventually replaced by Carey Price after allowing three goals in game three. But unlike Saturday evening, the Canadiens did not rally back after the goalie change.
A question remains: Who will start in net for Montreal in game four?
The Canadiens desperatly needs to win game four to stay in pace with the Capitals.
Game 2: Washington Capitals 6 - Montreal Canadiens 5 (overtime)
Game 3: Washington Capitals 5 - Montreal Canadiens 1 (Washington leads the series by 2-1.)
(Picture: Alexander Ovechkin, Canadian Press.)