Sports Canadiens place Drouin on IR with upper-body injury
Canadiens respond to Ovechkin’s hit on Drouin, beat Capitals
Shea Weber scored to extend his point streak to five games, Carey Price made 25 saves and the Montreal Canadiens responded to a big hit by Alex Ovechkin on Jonathan Drouin, beating the Washington Capitals 5-2 on Friday night. Phillip Danault, Weber, Jordan Weal and Nick Suzuki scored after Ovechkin flattened Drouin with an open ice hit that knocked him out for the rest of the second period. Drouin returned for the third.Ovechkin’s shoulder-to-shoulder blow on Drouin was the first big highlight of the night after a ho-hum first period.
Theplaced on injured reserve Saturday after the forward suffered an upper-body injury during Friday's win over the , the team .
Drouin was on the wrong end of awith during the second period of Friday's game. He was visibly shaken up and temporarily left the contest, but he returned to play six shifts in the third period. The team said the injury occurred in the third frame.
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Drouin is tied for third on the Habs with 15 points in 19 games.
, who leads the AHL's Laval Rocket with nine goals in 17 games, was recalled by Montreal in a corresponding move.
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The Canadiens squandered a great chance to solidify their standing .
Everything that could have went wrong did, capped off with an monumental implosion.The Canadiens went up 4-0 and looked headed for as comfortable a win as they enjoyed last Friday against Washington. Then they got complacent, and were dead in the water when the New York Rangers turned the pressure up.