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Canadiens Drop Caps to 0-3 For First Time Since ’93

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Andrei Markov #79 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates after scoring a goal on goalie Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Verizon Center on January 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Andrei Markov #79 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates after scoring a goal on goalie Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals during the second period at Verizon Center on January 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON— Andrei Markov’s resurgence continued with a goal and an assist, and the Montreal Canadiens cruised to a 4-1 win Thursday night over the Washington Capitals, who are 0-3 for the first time in nearly two decades.

Finally healthy after twice tearing the ACL in his right knee, Markov was part of a second-period spree in which the Canadiens scored in all sorts of ways against a Capitals team that is out of sorts. In order, Montreal’s goals came 5-on-3, 5-on-4 and 5-on-5 in a little over 6 minutes to take a 3-0 lead.

Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges scored for the Canadiens, and Carey Price made 30 saves. Montreal, the worst team in the Eastern Conference a year ago, has won two straight under new coach Michel Therrien since opening the season with a loss to Toronto.

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