Canadiens vs. Capitals: Semyon Varlamov Shuts the Door for Washington Win

December 29th, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
They say that hockey is a game of errors.

When you're playing well you're able to cover up your mistakes, but when you're playing poorly the mistakes seem amplified and are almost the only thing you see.

This adage holds true for the Montreal Canadiens, who suddenly find themselves hanging on eight overall in the Eastern Conference while enduring their worst skid of the season. And while the Washington Capitals recently had overcome an eight-game losing streak, they looked last night like they have put things back together.

If there were any doubts about Caps goaltender Semyon Varlamov, he flashed the leather and blocker on a handful of quality scoring chances, as the Habs went to work on the power play only 23 seconds into the game.

The Habs actually had two power-play opportunities before the game was five minutes old, but were unable to capitalize and struggled to maintain any pressure. After killing off both first period penalties, the penalty pendulum swung in the Caps' direction, and they applied a ton of pressure in the Habs zone as a result.

The Canadiens penalty kill continued to excel—the Habs shut down eigh ...

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