MONTREAL, CANADA - JANUARY 18: Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals stops the puck on an attempt by Michael Blunden #45 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on January 18, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Capitals Vs. Canadiens: Washington Wins Convincingly On Road In 3-0 Victory Over Montreal

The Caps started their three-game road trip with a three-goal performance in a 3-0 win over the Habs.

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Capitals Vs. Canadiens: Washington Wins Convincingly On Road In 3-0 Victory Over Montreal

The Washington Capitals have been one of the worst teams in the NHL on the road this season. After a 3-1-0 homestand propelled them back into the Southeast Division lead at one point, the Caps headed back on the road, where they only had seven wins on the season.

That improved to eight Wednesday as Washington scored early and often as it held on for a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

One night after being shutout 3-0 by the New York Islanders, the Caps reversed their misfortune by blanking the Habs by the same score behind Michal Neuvirth's 31 saves in his first start of 2012. Mathieu Perreault, Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin scored as the Caps held a three-goal lead on the road for the first time in over two months. In fact, the Caps led the Habs for 46:45, more than they had in their previous 13 road games combined (45:12).

With the win, the Caps head to Raleigh Friday to face the Carolina Hurricanes for the second time this week at RBC Center.

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Capitals Vs. Canadiens: Alex Ovechkin Extends Caps' Lead To 3-0

Someone must have forgotten to tell the Washington Capitals that they were playing on the road.

For the first time since mid-November, the Caps have a three-goal lead on the road as they hold a 3-0 advantage over the Montreal Canadiens after 40 minutes.

With four minutes to work with on their lone power play of the period, the Caps made it count with Alex Ovechkin's 19th goal of the season. Mathieu Darche drew blood on Marcus Johansson with a high stick, sending him to the penalty box with a double minor.

It took Washington almost three minutes, but it beat Carey Price when Dennis Wideman passed from the goal line to Alexander Semin at the point. Semin then sent a cross-ice pass to Ovechkin at the other point. Ovechkin set himself and fired a slap shot that Price had no chance to stop as Johansson and Troy Brouwer.

For the second straight period, the Caps only mustered five shots on goal. Michal Neuvirth made seven more saves for 14 total.

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Capitals Vs. Canadiens: Caps Get Even With Rene Bourque, Lead Habs 2-0

The Washington Capitals exacted revenge for their fallen teammate and then added insult to injury.

After Matt Hendricks fought Rene Bourque, the Caps scored two goals to give them a 2-0 lead over the Montreal Canadiens after 20 minutes.

As was expected, the Caps sought retribution for Nicklas Backstrom when Hendricks dropped the gloves with Bourque, who knocked Backstrom out of the lineup with an elbow January 3 as a member of the Calgary Flames, just 1:15 into the game. Hendricks and Bourque fought to a draw as both landed several punches before Bourque fell on top of Hendricks at center ice.

Mathieu Perreault further antagonized Montreal with his fourth goal of the season and first since October 22 at 4:41. Cody Eakin started the rush as he passed to Dmitry Orlov, who then found Perreault cutting into the offensive zone. Perreault had enough space to aim a far side wrist shot that beat Carey Price top shelf over his blocker.

Marcus Johansson extended Washington's lead to 2-0 at 8:23 when he outmuscled Andrei Kostitsyn in the slot and got a wrist shot off that Carey Price could not stop. It was Johansson's 10th goal of the season.

Michal Neuvirth, making his first start of 2012, made seven saves. The Caps have two goals, but only five shots on goal.

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Capitals Vs. Canadiens: Washington Heads Back On Unforgiving Road

The Caps and Canadiens meet for the first time this season as the former begins a three-game road trip Wednesday in Montreal.

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