Canadiens keep Capitals winless
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Carey Price made 30 saves to help the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday.
Andrei Markov had a goal and an assist while Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges all lit the lamp for the Canadiens, who have won their past two games.
Michal Neuvirth gave up all four goals on 22 shots for the Capitals, who have dropped all three of their games this season. Joey Crabb scored late in regulation to spoil Price's shutout bid.
It was a scoreless game after 20 minutes, but the Canadiens broke the contest open in the middle session.
Skating on a 5-on-3 power play, Raphael Diaz blasted a shot from the left point that was stopped, but the rebound came out to the slot. Markov one- touched the pass over to his right where Plekanec one-timed it in just 3:47 in.
Less than a minute later on another power play, the Habs made it a 2-0 game as a right point shot from Max Pacioretty was stopped, but Markov was at the left side to put home the rebound.
Montreal continued to pour it on and made it a 3-0 game four minutes later when Rene Bourque fought his way into the zone down the left wing and from the deep boards he centered it for a one-timer by Gionta.
It was a 4-0 game with 1:39 to play in the second after a slap shot from Gorges at the right point made its way through a screen.
Montreal hosts New Jersey on Sunday ... Washington plays in New Jersey on Friday ... Washington won all four games against Montreal last season and had taken seven of eight coming into Thursday's contest.
01/24 21:51:12 ET