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Caps, Canadiens scoreless after one period

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau went with Semyon Varlamov in goal tonight for Game 3, and the decision paid off in the first period. Varlamov stopped 10 shots, including several close-in chances, and Washington was able to withstand a spirited start by Montreal at Bell Centre.

The Capitals had a quality chance on a power play, but center Nicklas Backstrom, who scored the winning goal in overtime on Saturday, couldn't get the puck past Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Washington went 0 for 2 on power plays in the first period, extending its scoreless streak with a man advantage to 0 for 10 in the series.

The Canadiens had one power-play opportunity, but Varlamov made a handful of acrobatic saves against the second-ranked power play in the league. That pushed the Capitals' penalty kill success rate to 6 for 8 in the series.

(Chat starts immediately after the game, right here.)

By Gene Wang  |  April 19, 2010; 7:38 PM ET
 
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Comments

They looked very ready to play from the first drop of the puck! Loved the hard-nosed, agressive "I want the puck" style. Keep up the pressure!!

Lets Go Caps!!!

Posted by: TerpGrad | April 19, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Montreal is getting as many shots off on our PP as us. They look like they have the man advantage at times on our PP.

I don't know if it's their speed, energy, anticipation, etc... but they are getting to pucks first in all 3 zones.

I'm not sure if there is a good way to deal with their speed other than for all of our players to pay extra attention to their positioning.

Sloan is faster than some of our defensemen but he's error prone and I'm not sure who you would take out of the lineup.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 19, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps start crashing the net we'll see a goal or two scored; otherwise, the long-range shots aren't gonna make it. I wish Bruce will bench Green for a couple of shifts. He's making a habit of sucking.

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | April 19, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

just got in - no score . . . someone tell me - why aren't we winning??

Posted by: Satchelass | April 19, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I would take Green off the PP right now, there's too much pressure on him and doesn't look like he can handle it... he really can't do anything offensively at the moment

Posted by: joek443 | April 19, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

it's amazing how confident Carlson looks compared to Green... who's the rookie between the two???

Posted by: joek443 | April 19, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

While I'm not ready to totally take Green off the PP, I don't think he should be there the entire 2 minutes. I say, we should put Carlson on the first PP unit and Green on the 2nd.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 19, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

super nice start

Posted by: jdove80 | April 19, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

nice just what they needed

Posted by: jdove80 | April 19, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

KNUBLE in the paint - YES!!! . . . so much for that fake hooking . . .

Posted by: Satchelass | April 19, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

shoot the damn puck!

Posted by: jdove80 | April 19, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Flash owes Varly a nice dinner on that one

Posted by: joek443 | April 19, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

how many times does BB have to tell the Euros to just SHOOT the damn puck and let the others crash the net??

Posted by: joek443 | April 19, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

nice

Posted by: jdove80 | April 19, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

NOW WE ARE IN BUSINESS!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

There you go BABY!

Posted by: chrislarry | April 19, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Laich and Fehr!! Great screen, great shot!

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

2-0 .

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

GAME OVER.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Varly is CAT QUICK!


HE IS ON!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Did Halak even see that shot past Fehr? Seemed like he dropped REEEEAAAALLLLY late.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

even bmo was in in front of the goal

Posted by: ebolean1 | April 19, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

good goal - no siren when we score tonight - real quiet heh heh heh

Posted by: Satchelass | April 19, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

why can't i listen to the game on internet as i've done in past??? can't see the game (watching bruins now), but i'm pissed off that erskine's not in the lineup....is he hurt, or does BB just not want the team to play tough/confrontational? several commented on how they thought poti's fight turned the game the other night....why in the world won't he sit shultz or green? sounds like both are having a similar night tonight, even more bothersome

Posted by: vermontcaps | April 19, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Is the right arm of Halak shaking yet?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan1 | April 19, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Hold the lead please Caps!

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | April 19, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I love when Fehr goes to the net like he did on that goal... he is so big, it kills the goalie's vision. Both goals have been with strong presence around the net - keep it up!

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Too much emotion for the Habs and not enough creativity...they are going down tonight. Final Caps 4 - Montreal 1.

Posted by: MReilly9 | April 19, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

OV looks sleepy tonight.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 19, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

nice!

Posted by: jdove80 | April 19, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

WTF?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

SWEET!

Posted by: chrislarry | April 19, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

1 more goal vs. Habs & Les Quebecois will turn into....
UPDATED - They have turn now! 3 luv!

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow... this line is looking awesome!!!!

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

There must be something wrong with the sound on my TV. The Habs crowd seems quiet.

Posted by: zmega | April 19, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

eww nasty ployoff #'s for price.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 19, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Eric Fehr. 2 goals for the series. Caps 3 -Habs 0!

Posted by: Terptwin | April 19, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Huge games from Fehr and Varly

Posted by: chrislarry | April 19, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Fehr crashing the net AGAIN! Bye, Halak!

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Goonery stuff...soon

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

goalie change have those fans somethin to cheer about heh heh heh

Posted by: Satchelass | April 19, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

VARLY, VARLY
I guess Ovi was right. Halak Was/Is shaky. Bye, bye.

Posted by: nicety251 | April 19, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Like seeing the other guys step up. takes pressure off OV Backs and Semin.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 19, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Chimera is an effin smart player!!
totally eff you punks who hated on the trade.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Is the right arm of Halak shaking yet?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan1 | April 19, 2010 8:16 PM

Actually his right leg was shaking as he left the ice.

I believe its called the "Stanky Leg"?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

BBs moves...Gordo/Varly 2 and 3 line switch looking huge.

Posted by: chrislarry | April 19, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Play smart and simple now.

Montreal will have to start taking chances.

Let's wait for them to make mistakes and not get caught being overly aggressive and giving up numbers.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 19, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm in California - no access to Caps. What's the score?

Posted by: pharrrrtt | April 19, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I'll be honest - I was iffy on the Chimera trade, until I saw the first couple games he was in. Mainly because the only time I'd seen him was when he injured Ovie. But Chimera is such a great 3rd/4th line player - speed, grit, hitting, decent scorer.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

that Fehrsie line's got power tonight

Posted by: Satchelass | April 19, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Just came back from dinner, and we're up by THREE?!?!?!?!!?

Since I missed them:

GGGOOOAAALLL!!!

GGGOOOAAALLL!!!

GGGOOOAAALLL!!!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 19, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

LOL. WTF...what do you know about the Stanky Leg? HAAAhAAAAA!!

Posted by: nicety251 | April 19, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

pharrrrtt - 3-0, Caps. Gordo got a shortie, Laich and Fehr each scored even strength.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, thanks for the score update. Go Caps! Must be very quiet in Montreal

Posted by: pharrrrtt | April 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Excellent chance by Chimmer

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

we gotta give that new goalie a little baptizm here pretty soon

Posted by: Satchelass | April 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

the gritty effort guys from Canada score 3 goals ...and the highly skilled highly paid euros continue their playoff majic trick....DISAPPEARING

Posted by: wendel2 | April 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Chimera is due. snake bitten.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Way to haul the mails Brads. Gotta luv him...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan1 | April 19, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Don't be a xenophobe wendel.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

GGGOOOAAALLL!!!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 19, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

OVIE!@

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

nite nite!

Posted by: jdove80 | April 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Now it's a laugher...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan1 | April 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

OVIE!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by: kman2 | April 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

OVIE!!! Price isn't looking too good either lol.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

SWEET, OVI. Sick goal!!

Posted by: nicety251 | April 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

score wendel.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I need to change my final score to 6-1 Caps. Caps are on Fire! Go Caps!

Posted by: MReilly9 | April 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

WOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!! i just caught up to the live tv to see this goal! love that we are dominating! go OVIE!

Posted by: vm114 | April 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Will the Habs give croque monsieurs instead of wings to any Caps fans in attendance?

Posted by: zmega | April 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

wow!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: chrislarry | April 19, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

U forget Backstrom in game 2 wendy?

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

So happy that Bruce got this defense together.

So is this going to be another Varly takeover? He absolutely lights up during the postseason.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 19, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

the gritty effort guys from Canada score 3 goals ...and the highly skilled highly paid euros continue their playoff majic trick....DISAPPEARING

Posted by: wendel2 | April 19, 2010 8:29 PM

Let's see... Backstrom and Ovie now have 6 goals and, I believe, 6 assists. Yeah, that's disappearing.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

@vermontcaps: You can listen to the DC radio broadcast at http://www.federalnewsradio.com

Posted by: chrisd3 | April 19, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

mails? typo. Officially getting lax about watching the game I guess. Other games are actually getting some view time.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan1 | April 19, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I am so loving this. This is better than I had hoped for!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

BB is looking like an effing genius.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 19, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

wendle...I guess you missed the 8 points from Ovie/Backs.....

Go eat your shorts d-bag...

Posted by: chrislarry | April 19, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

if Varlamov's nickname is Varly, and if Neuvirth's nickname is Neuvy, what's Fehr's nickname?

Fairy?

Posted by: kman2 | April 19, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Someone give me a high-five.

Don't leave me hangin'.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 19, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Wendel the Tool is back! Still hating Ovi and the Russian players, still loves Don Cherry.

Posted by: zmega | April 19, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

@TIMMY talking about semin oh yeah ov had no shots in first 30 minutes But Backstrom is awesome enough to be an honourary Canadian

Posted by: wendel2 | April 19, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

PUNK move by Gionta!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

high five!

Posted by: chrislarry | April 19, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

lol.... Chimera getting under the Habs' skin. Dumb play by Gionta.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

c ya Giotta

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Why is everybody trying to beat up Chimera? I hope he gives every one of them the bizness in the 3rd.

Posted by: nicety251 | April 19, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha Habs are emlting down. Love how Chimera is handling it

Posted by: jdove80 | April 19, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

oh yes and the other euro forward flash has one lazy penalty so far....and is next in line to sit out

Posted by: wendel2 | April 19, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

If anyone don't know, you can watch live if ya go to channelsurfing.net - the third Caps entry is the Joe/Locker version.

Posted by: Satchelass | April 19, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

~SLAP~

That's one!

--------------------------

high five!

Posted by: chrislarry | April 19, 2010 8:35 PM

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 19, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

HAHA I gave my wife a high five on the second goal. She could are less.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 19, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

School vouchers missed wendy.
Either that or u are just stupid.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Then say Semin, Wendel. There's a few Europeans on the team.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Now, its SHOWTIME, by the Lakers of Hockey!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

hey zmegma watch the game and tell me who our best forwards are!!!!!!

Posted by: wendel2 | April 19, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Chimera is playing like a veteran leader. Guys like him wear letters.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan1 | April 19, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Good job by Chimera not pushing back.

Posted by: chrisd3 | April 19, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Wendel's wife/gf was obviously cheating on him with Jagr's mullet....

Posted by: chrislarry | April 19, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey wendy go catch aids.
Cause your brain dead already.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

FEHR!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 19, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

The Caps are wearing them down...and that's how they'll win this series.

Posted by: Terptwin | April 19, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

wendel, for the series? Ovie and Backs - aka Europeans. This game, Laich and Fehr. Stop trolling - you're just acting like an idiot.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

hahahaha

Posted by: jdove80 | April 19, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

ooohhhh...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan1 | April 19, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

i am loving everything about this 2nd period... and i especially love watching montreal meltdown!

Posted by: vm114 | April 19, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

lol.... there goes Tomas Jagr.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

oh baby lets get 2 goals now

Posted by: kman2 | April 19, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

74 looking back to recognize that the PP is coming, so he rushes.

The guy is MONEY!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

congrats to carlson for calming down fehr & pulling him out of the scrum before he took a penalty.

Posted by: jobrie18 | April 19, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Habs falling down like wendy.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Good PP Practice.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 19, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Ovie-Backs-Knubes

I love that line.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 19, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Now is the time for the PP to get its SWAG back!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the Molsons are flowin'.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan1 | April 19, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

PP practice time boys.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

would like to see a pp goal

Posted by: jdove80 | April 19, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

lets practice pp here...get a special teams confidence boost

Posted by: chrislarry | April 19, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

We should get our 1st PP goal on this sequence.

Posted by: Terptwin | April 19, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

argh... PP sucks tonight!

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Awesome 5v5 and smart no reactions, but what is with the PP? The regular season PP is no where to be seen, but then again neither is the regular season PK -- a wash, I guess.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 19, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Anyone concerned about the PP? Terrible.

Posted by: CDon | April 19, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

OK, let's go for 5 on a clean sheet!

Posted by: Terptwin | April 19, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

i'd love it if they played the 3rd period in an empty stadium. to be honest, the fans have nothing going for them. they should just go to the SICK casino which is about 15 mins away and make some money instead of wasting time.

Posted by: kman2 | April 19, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Don't blame Wendel. He grew up hearing that Canadians have an entitlement to every slot on NHL teams, and Europeans are stealing Canadian jobs. It's a very old story that afflicts the NHL even now.

Posted by: zmega | April 19, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic second period... but the PP is still a little off. Maybe we can win this series without our PP.

Varly is awesome tonight.

Now the Canadiens have some goalie issues. I'd love to see Price on Wednesday again!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 19, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

NEW THREAD.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

The PP unbelievable...4 mins might not be enough to get one. They have to figure this out.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 19, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

@Timmy and rocco........I said BacKstrom was awesome ....ov had done very little in 2 games this series and can play like a Canadian when he wants to BUT SEMIN AND FLASH HAVE DONE SFA

Posted by: wendel2 | April 19, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

GENO'S BACK, NEW THREAD!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

4-0 not sufficiently decisive - stomp them down some more so they know who is boss up there in France - not to be inhumane, but this is a hockey game - if we don't, they might end up thinking they have a chance

Posted by: Satchelass | April 19, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse


Don't blame Wendel. He grew up hearing that Canadians have an entitlement to every slot on NHL teams, and Europeans are stealing Canadian jobs. It's a very old story that afflicts the NHL even now.
Posted by: zmega | April 19, 2010 8:47 PM |

Sounds like an AmeriCAN'T or CAN'Tadian.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

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