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A loss heading into the Christmas break did little to spoil the Montreal Canadiens' holiday.

Montreal (21-9-5) returns to the ice at the Verizon Center on Wednesday to meet the Washington Capitals (16-13-7).

The Canadiens' five-game winning streak ended with a 4-2 loss to Boston on Saturday. With the score tied at 2 early in the third period, Montreal goaltender Cristobal Huet gave up goals to lightly regarded Milan Jurcina and Stanislav Chistov in a 1:11 span.

"Those are the games that sometimes happen," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "We've had a few of those on our side."

Huet went 3-1-0 with a 2.24 goals-against average against the Capitals last season, and the French-born goaltender went 18-11-4 with seven shutouts and a 2.20 GAA in just 36 games in 2005-06.

In 24 games so far this season, he's 14-4-3 with two shutouts and a 2.36 GAA. The Canadiens have given up 97 goals, the second fewest in the Eastern Conference behind New Jersey (89).

Michael Ryder extended his points streak to a season-high four games with his 10th goal for Montreal. He has two goals and four assists during his run. Ryder's goal also was Montreal's league-leading 11th short-handed tally, four short of the franchise record set in 1995-96.

The Capitals faced Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo on Tuesday - and played as if they were still on vacation.

Brent Johnson allowed four goals - two by Chris Drury - in a 5:39 stretch of the first period before being replaced by Olaf Kolzig, who was beaten for two goals in a 67-second span in a 6-3 loss.

Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 25th goal in the second period, but admitted he was impressed by Sabres' outburst.

"They shoot, they score. They shoot, they score." Ovechkin said. "It was like some magic."

Ovechkin has points in 10 of 11 games in December, totaling nine goals and 12 assists. He has 48 points, tying him with Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier for fourth in the league behind Atlanta's Marian Hossa, Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, who leads the league with 55.

Last season en route to winning the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, Ovechkin had two goals and two assists in four games against the Canadiens. Both goals came on home ice.

Montreal and Washington split four games in 2005-06, but the Caps will be trying to avoid a third straight loss to the Canadiens.



* Not a very nice thread but I'm heading out to watch the game with some friends!- Hope everyone had an awesome christmas and Habby new years!*


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WE had trouble with the Caps in recent years, hopefully our fortune will change, we need this win, because Buffalo are hot right now. The Caps are coming from an awful lost against the Sabers, allowing 5 goals in the first period, hopefully we have the same success, Go Habs Go.
 

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If you dont mind HabsChick may I help you with this ???

Anyway this will be a good game since the Capitals are coming of off the butt whooping
 

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There's 1:18 left in the first period and Montreal are currently winning 2-0, Downey and Matthew D scored there first goal of the season. The Caps are currently dominating the game, but Huet is playing really well, hopefully we can keep it up, and get a win.
 

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Great game by the habs. Huet deserved the shutout but the refs like to call dumb, non-existing penalties.

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Canadiens power past Capitals

Canadian Press
12/27/2006 10:28:07 PM


WASHINGTON (AP) - Mathieu Dandenault and Aaron Downey scored first-period goals to power the Montreal Canadiens past the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Saku Koivu and Sheldon Souray also scored and Guillaume Latendresse had two assists for Montreal, which has won six of seven games and three in a row against Washington.

Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet came within 2:56 of his 14th career shutout, which Alexander Semin ruined by knocking in his own rebound on a power play.

Washington has lost two straight and four of five games.

The Capitals wasted three power plays and a 14-7 shots advantage in the first period, and Montreal grabbed a 2-0 lead on the first goals of the year by Dandenault, who broke a 27-game goal drought, and Downey, his first since April 17, 2006.

Dandenault scored on a run to the right post, converting a cross-crease pass from Latendresse at 12:36. Downey made a dash down the slot, redirecting a pass from Radek Bonk by Olaf Kolzig, who blocked the puck only to have it bounce high, off his right shoulder and in.

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