2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Montreal Canadiens Take Two Painful Losses

Francois GendronSenior Writer IApril 20, 2010

The series between the Washington Capitals and the Montreal Canadiens is a very entertaining one thus far.

After winning the first game of the series, the Canadiens saw the Capitals come back from a 1-4 deficit during Game Two to eventually win by the score of 6-5 during extra time.

The series is now tied at one game apiece.

The third game of the series was a continuation of Game Two as the Capitals struck four times during the second period alone to run away with a 5-1 victory at the Bell centre. After being held in check during Game One, Alexander Ovechkin elevated his game and scored two big goals that seemed to completely stun the Canadiens.

Capitals' head coach Bruce Boudreau also made a timely goaltender change during Game Two—that substitution marked a pivotal point in the series. Jose Theodore was pulled by his coach and replaced by Simeon Varlamov after allowing two quick goals to the Canadiens.

On Montreal's side, Jaroslav Halak was unable to hold off the Capitals during Game Two and in Game Three and was eventually replaced by Carey Price after allowing three goals. But unlike Saturday evening, the Canadiens did not rally back after the goalie change.

A question remains: Who will start in net for Montreal in Game Four?

The Canadiens desperately needs to win Game Four to stay in pace with the Capitals.

Game Two: Washington Capitals 6—Montreal Canadiens 5 (overtime)
Game Three: Washington Capitals 5—Montreal Canadiens 1 (Washington leads the series by 2-1)

(Picture: Alexander Ovechkin, Canadian Press)

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