Montreal Canadiens-Washington Capitals: Habs Outplayed or was it Just My Seat?

January 5th, 2010 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 2 Washington 4 (Verizon Center)

This should come as no surprise, but I don't stand behind the bench of the Montreal Canadiens to watch games. Head coach Jacques Martin does. Consequently, it's normal for us to have a slightly different perspective about what happens on the ice.

As an example, let's look at the first period of tonight's game.

There was no score after the first period. Shots were 11-to-3 in favor of the Capitals. Washington outhit Montreal 14-to-5. The Canadiens were out-muscled and spent most of the period in their own zone. The only reason that the game was still tied at zero was the superb play of Carey Price.

Now, let's hear from Coach Martin about his thoughts.

"After a pretty even first period, I thought we lost momentum," Martin said. "They took the game away in the second period. They were more on the puck, were more aggressive, won more battles."

Well, I guess the game really looks different from behind the bench.

Granted, the Capitals won more puck battles and were more aggressive but that didn't start in the second period. How is it that the Capitals can dominate in shots ...

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