MONTREAL, CANADA - FEBRUARY 4: Dennis Wideman #6 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his first period goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 4, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Capitals Vs. Canadiens: In Montreal, Caps Break Bad Road Habits Against Habs In 3-0 Win

The Caps started their back-to-back weekend set on the right foot as they shutout the Canadiens for the second time this season in a 3-0 win Saturday.

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Capitals Vs. Canadiens: In Montreal, Caps Break Bad Road Habits Against Habs In 3-0 Win

It is unfortunate that the Washington Capitals cannot visit Montreal more often.

For the second time this season and third straight time overall at Bell Centre Saturday, the Caps shutout the Canadiens 3-0.

Dennis Wideman, Matt Hendricks and Alexander Semin scored for the Caps. Wideman gave Washington a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, while Hendricks' rebound goal and Semin's penalty shot in the third period sealed the victory. Troy Brouwer also had a penalty shot Saturday, marking the first time in franchise history that the Caps have had two penalty shots in one game.

Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves for his third shutout of the season.

The Canadiens have had horrible luck against the Caps at home during the regular season. Montreal has not scored a goal at home against Washington since March 15, 2011, and has not defeated Washington at home since February 10, 2010.

After their ninth road win of the season, the Caps get right back to work Sunday in a matinee against the Boston Bruins at Verizon Center.


Capitals Vs. Canadiens: Caps Cling On To 1-0 Lead Over Habs

The Washington Capitals may still be winning 1-0, but it is primarily because of the Montreal Canadiens' ineptitude.

The Caps mustered only three shots on goal while the Habs had over three times that amount during the second period, but Tomas Vokoun held down the proverbial fort to keep the visitors in the lead.

Washington did have a chance to take a 2-0 lead when Troy Brouwer was awarded a penalty shot midway through the period when he slipped behind the Canadiens' defense. Brouwer had Peter Budaj beat, but the latter threw his stick at the former to stop the puck, which is illegal. On the ensuing penalty shot, Budaj redeemed himself by stopping Brouwer to keep the game at 1-0.

Other than that, the ice was titled in Montreal's favor as they put 10 shots on goal, but Vokoun's solid play and the Canadiens' league-worst power play allowed the Caps to maintain their one-goal lead.


Capitals Vs. Canadiens: Dennis Wideman's Floater Gives Caps 1-0 Lead

Dennis Wideman's goal may be considered a slap shot, but it was more of a chip shot.

Wideman's 10th goal of the season has given the Caps a 1-0 lead over the Montreal Canadiens after 20 minutes.

Brooks Laich won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Wideman wound up, but the puck floated through the air and somehow over the glove hand of Peter Budaj at 8:10. Wideman's 10th goal is just four goals away from a career high.

In his first game since January 22 after serving a three-game suspension, Alex Ovechkin had no shots on goal and one hit in 6:46 of ice time.

Tomas Vokoun made 10 saves in the first period, while Budaj made 10 of his own. According to Mike Vogel, the Caps have a lead after one period for just the fourth time in 26 road games this season. Two of those four instances have been against the Canadiens.


Capitals Vs. Canadiens Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Washington Capitals have lost two games in a row coming out of the All-Star break, so they could really use a win on Sunday against the lowly Montreal Canadiens on the road. Washington fell, 4-3, in overtime to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, then dropped a 4-2 decision to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday. They will get a break with an afternoon game against a Canadiens team with just 47 points on the year.

Here is more information about the game.

Game Date/Time: Saturday, February 4, 2 p.m. ET

Location: Bell Centre, Montreal, CA


Radio: Capitals Radio 1500

For more on the Capitals vs. Canadiens game, visit this StoryStream. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Terrapins, please visit SB Nation's Capitals blog, Japers' Rink. For the opponent's perspective, check out SB Nation's Canadiens blog, Habs Eye On The Prize. For all your NHL news this weekend, be sure to follow along with SB Nation's hockey hub.


Capitals Vs. Canadiens: Caps Hope To Break Bad Road Habits Against Habs

The road has been treacherous for the Washington Capitals this season; a mediocre 8-14-3 record speaks for itself. Yet, the Caps will revisit the site of one of its rare and dominant road victories Saturday when they head to Montreal to face the Canadiens.

A pivotal two-game trip to Florida ended with a 0-1-1 record in losses to division rivals Tampa Bay and Florida. The loss to the Panthers Wednesday knocked the Caps from first place in the Southeast Division and third in the Eastern Conference to second and ninth, respectively. Friday, Florida defeated the Winnipeg Jets 2-1, which gave the former a three-point cushion in the division, but also prevented the Jets from tying the Caps for second.

Washington will surely get a boost from the return of Alex Ovechkin, who will play in his first game since January 22 after serving a three-game suspension. The Caps went 1-1-1 without him, but they were missing and will continue to miss Nicklas Backstrom (head injury) and Mike Green (abdominal surgery). Looking for some offensive help, the Caps recalled AHL leading scorer Keith Aucoin from the Hershey Bears Thursday.

This is the second meeting between the Caps and Habs this season. In the first meeting January 18, Washington scored early and often in a 3-0 victory. According to Japers' Rink, the Caps are 6-0 against Canadian teams under head coach Dale Hunter, outscoring their opponents 19-8 with two shutouts.

Tomas Vokoun will start for Washington.


Capitals Vs. Canadiens: Tomas Vokoun To Start, Joel Rechlicz Placed On Waivers

BALLSTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals had their first full practice since Monday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and there were plenty of changes in the lineup.

Alex Ovechkin returned to his normal place on the left side of the first line as his three-game suspension expired Wednesday. He will play his first game since January 22 Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Meanwhile, Marcus Johansson moved to the center position, while Mathieu Perreault returned to his normal bottom six role on the third line:

Ovechkin - Johansson - Alexander Semin

Matt Hendricks - Brooks Laich - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Perreault - Mike Knuble

Keith Aucoin - Jeff Halpern - Joel Ward

Joel Rechlicz and Jay Beagle skated in powder blue jerseys, but after practice, the team placed Rechlicz on waivers, according to head coach Dale Hunter. Rechlicz will return to AHL Hershey if he is not claimed by noon Saturday.

"Well, he's on waivers more than anything else to give us some more room if somebody got hurt or something," Hunter said of Rechlicz.

Rechlicz appeared in just 4:26 in two games for the Caps this week, but Hunter praised his efforts despite not making much of an impact on the ice.

"He was vocal, he took the body," Hunter said. "On the road, there wasn't no physicality going on or nothing. He took care of that, so he was a force out there."

For what it is worth, Hunter denied that Rechlicz's call-up was related to the Caps' game against the Canadiens, specifically Rene Bourque, who knocked out Nicklas Backstrom with an elbow to the head January 3. Backstrom has yet to play since.

Meanwhile, Mike Green skated for about 20 minutes before practice, marking the fourth consecutive day he has done so, including the second straight day in full equipment.

According to Hunter, Tomas Vokoun will start in goal for Washington Saturday.


Capitals Vs. Canadiens: Washington Recalls Keith Aucoin From AHL Hershey

The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Keith Aucoin from AHL Hershey.

Aucoin, 33, is the AHL's leading scorer with 70 points, including a league-leading 59 assists. He is only 13 assists shy of tying a career high and only 30 from tying the AHL's all-time single season record (89). Aucoin is a four-time AHL All-Star and was the league's 2009-10 leading scorer and MVP with 35 goals, 71 assists and 106 points.

Despite such impressive numbers, Aucoin has only played in 75 career NHL games with Washington and the Carolina Hurricanes; he has 25 points (eight assists, 17 assists) in those games.

Aucoin will join the Caps for practice Friday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and will wear No. 23. In his previous call-ups, Aucoin has worn No. 20, but that number is taken by Troy Brouwer.

To make room for Aucoin, the Capa sssigned Cody Eakin to AHL Hershey.

For more on the Caps, please follow SB Nation's Caps blog, Japers' Rink.


Capitals Vs. Canadiens: Mike Green Skates For Third Time Since Abdominal Surgery

Mike Green skated Thursday for the third time since his surgery January 17 and hopes to return within the next few weeks.

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