NHL Wrap: Caps continue 'pathetic' start

NHL Wrap: Caps continue 'pathetic' start
January 25, 2013, 12:45 am
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The Flyers tallied their first victory of the shortened season with a 2-1 win over the Rangers (see story).

A penatly kill unit that struggled during the 0-3 start came up big in the team's win (see story). Meanwhile, prior to the game, the team was dealt a major blow with news that Scott Hartnell will be out 4-8 weeks with a broken bone in his left foot (see story).

Now, here's a recap of Thursday's action around the NHL:

Capitals continue 'embarrassing' start
WASHINGTON -- If the Washington Capitals don't soon recover what is missing - vital intangibles such as work ethic, chemistry, confidence and effort - they will end up looking like last season's Montreal Canadiens.

The Capitals, among the favorites in the Eastern Conference, are off to their worst start in nearly two decades. And the Canadiens, the dregs of the conference last season, have rolled off two straight impressive wins, including Thursday night's 4-1 victory over Washington.

"Embarrassing is almost the right term right now. Pathetic is probably a better one," Washington right wing Troy Brouwer said. "You know, I feel bad for the fans. I'd like to finish a game with at least 50 percent of the fans still in the stands. Their reaction is completely warranted - booing us. We haven't earned any respect. We haven't earned any of their passion, their ambition," (see full recap).

Islanders rally past Maple Leafs
TORONTO -- Matt Moulson and the New York Islanders needed a little time to get up to full speed.

The forward scored twice in his 248th straight NHL game, helping the Islanders overcame an early two-goal deficit in a 7-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

"I had a bunch of chances the last couple of games, but couldn't get anything to go in," Moulson said. "I just have to keep whacking away in front of the net. A lot of credit to my linemates for working hard and creating chances for me," (see full recap).

Hurricanes pick up first win
RALEIGH, N.C. -- First in shots, last in goals. Despite that statistical oddity, the Carolina Hurricanes never wavered.

Instead, they did what they do best. They kept shooting, and those pucks finally started finding the net.

Eric Staal scored three goals, Jeff Skinner added two and the Hurricanes earned their first victory of the season by handing the Buffalo Sabres their first loss, 6-3 on Thursday night (see full recap).

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