Despite a very ordinary effort, the Montreal Canadiens won the first game of their six-game road trip, 5-2 over the Washington Capitals.
The two heroes for the Habs were goaltender Cristobal Huet and Guillaume Latendresse.
Huet was in net for the first time in two weeks after a leg injury, and kept his team afloat with important saves. Latendresse scored twice.
The game turned in Montreal's favor during the second period, as the Habs scored two goals on their first two shots. Latendresse and Tomas Plekanec gave the team the lead; Huet was good enough to protect it
The shot count reveals the theme of the game: The Capitals registered 37 shots against Huet, while the Habs only produced 21 against Olaf Kolzig.
During the third period, Sergei Kostitsyn scored his first NHL goal, tipping a shot past Kolzig.
The Habs' next stop will be in Atlanta to face the Trashers on Saturday evening.