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Canadiens hold players-only meeting after loss to Capitals

Jan 25, 2014, 10:24 PM EDT

On home ice, the Montreal Canadiens were soundly beaten, embarrassed would be more appropriate, by the Washington Capitals, prompting a players-only meeting following the game, as per hockey reporter Renaud Lavoie.

The Canadiens lost 5-0 to the Capitals, making it four straight losses and five in the last six games. In those five losses, they’ve been outscored 23-6.

“We’re playing with no emotion. We’re not playing as a team,” said Canadiens’ forward Travis Moen afterward.

The Capitals, with Alex Ovechkin back in the lineup after a two-game absence, burst out in front with four goals in 10 minutes and 31 seconds in the second period, chasing Carey Price from the game.

Ovechkin got the Capitals started, scoring a beauty to give Washington the lead early in the second period. The Capitals wouldn’t let up.

But it was hard to pin this totally on Price. The Capitals, at one point in the second period, held a 26-3 advantage in the shots. That was according to both the league’s website and the NBC Sports box score.

  1. terrier92 - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Great day. Bruins win Habs lose. All is right in the world

  2. justinhbhb - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Wait until Chara is done. He is a ticking time bomb

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Jan 26, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      Wait until the Habs are done…oh wait, that’s right, they already are.

  3. vbcaps - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Boston fans thread jacking…

    I’m going to wait to get excited about the caps game tonight. See if they can play that well next game. But damn 26-3 on the shot at one point is brutal

  4. ribs108 - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Players-only meeting? Who led that one? Their management-elected captain Gionta was busy showing his leadership by boarding 2 Capitals players in a row. And I’m gettin’ kinda sick of everyone saying that Price is not to blame for the 21 goals in the last 5 games he’s given up. If your defense hangs you out to dry, you make the save or you let a goal in. Not complicated. I’m also convinced that Therrien is trying to make P.K. look bad (what else is new) as he was paired with at least 4 of the possible 5 defensemen tonight. I saw him with Murray, Gorges, Beaulieu and Markov. I might’ve missed him with Emelin. How’s that for stability? Very possible that Therrien-Subban will turn into Tremblay-Roy. Stay hot Habs!

    • thehabsnation - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      The two boarding calls on Gionta were borderline penalties. All of the sudden the smallest player on the ice is smashing everyone down, that’s ridiculous.

      Stop turning your back to the player and keep your head up or shall I see keep your head down because the 5′ 7″ 170lbs player will be coming at you like a freight train.

  5. brotherlove2012 - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    They’re so boring to watch, I don’t even bother anymore. Therrien is one of the worst coach in the NHL. He can’t manage talent, his players hate his guts and it always ends the same for him as he gets kicked out because the players can’t stand him and his stupid defensive system anymore, they don’t have a lot of talent and the few players they have are either mistreated (Subban, Pacioretti) or mishandled (Price. Eller) aside for Plekanec and Emelin ther’s nothing to salvage with this team.

  6. sabatimus - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    I wonder if the Flyers had a players-only meeting after absolutely not showing up yesterday. I’ve seen high school hockey teams play harder than that.

  7. govtminion - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Losing four straight? Problem. That fourth loss coming against the Capitals? Red alert!

    Nah, after watching last night’s game (I live in the Caps’ broadcast area), they just seemed… off, I guess for lack of a better word. It seemed like after the first Washington goal, there just wasn’t any life to Montreal, like they saw the red light go on and just gave up. It was actually surprising, I didn’t expect them to fold like that. It’s not too late to fix the season, but… that was a rotten game- and not from the team I expected.

    (At the same time, credit to the Capitals for finally showing up for a game and playing like they cared!)

  8. bsfan77 - Jan 26, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Habs are a complete embarrassment this year. PK Subban should be traded to a team that wins. He doesnt belong on a team of losers. Chara is no ticking time bomb. One of the best D guys in the business. Great in front of the neton the powerplay. I would be ashamed to be from Montreal with that terrible team.

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