It is amazing how 24 hours can make all the difference in the world for a hockey team.
Michal Neuvirth made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season and Alex Ovechkin scored his 19th goal to lift the Capitals to a 3-0 victory over the Canadiens Wednesday.
When Boudreau was fired, the Caps had a 12-9-1 record and were in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Today, 22 games into Dale Hunters tenure, they're 12-9-1 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Back on Jan. 3, when Rene Bourque knocked Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom out of the lineup with a hard elbow to the chin, the Capitals were criticized for not responding on the ice. Tonight in Montreal , the Capitals get their chance for paybacks.