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WASHINGTON -- If the Washington Capitals dont soon recover what is missing -- vital intangibles such as work ethic, chemistry, confidence and effort -- they will end up looking like last seasons Montreal Canadiens. cheap nfl jerseys . The Capitals, among the favourites 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 nights 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. Id like to finish a game with at least 50 per cent of the fans still in the stands. Their reaction is completely warranted -- booing us. We havent earned any respect. We havent earned any of their passion, their ambition. "Weve got to turn something around, and weve got to do it fast. ... Weve got to find a way to get some enthusiasm, get some passion in our game right now." Brouwers teammates and new coach Adam Oates echoed most of those sentiments. The Capitals are a team out of sorts, sitting at 0-3 for the first time since the 1993-94 season. Oates called his players "fragile" and lectured them about work ethic after allowing four goals in the second period. "I would say some of our mistakes are pure effort," Oates said. "Its very upsetting. Im not pushing the panic button, but obviously its upsetting. ... Youve got to really want to do it." The Canadiens also underwent a coaching change, but Michel Therrien is having more success getting his players in gear after a compressed training camp in the lockout-shortened season. Montreal has won two straight since a season-opening loss, led by a resurgent Andrei Markov. Finally healthy after twice tearing the ACL in his right knee, Markov had a goal and an assist during the second-period spree in which the Canadiens scored 5-on-3, 5-on-4 and 5-on-5 in a little over 6 minutes. "He controls the game really well; hes got such an important role for us," Therrien said. "He competes so hard, hes tough to play against. And hes doing a very good job on the power play." Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges also scored for the Canadiens, and Carey Price made 30 saves. Markov has three goals on the season, helping to mitigate the absence of P.K. Subban, who is a restricted free agent and has yet to come to terms on a new contract. "Everybody works hard and tries to stay on the same page," Markov said, "try to stick to the system -- and that gives us success." Sounds like someone should send that blueprint to the Capitals, who have been outscored 14-6 through three games, with seven of the opponents goals coming on power plays. Joey Crabb scored with 2:23 to play for the Capitals, and two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin remains without a goal on the season. Oates shook things up by putting Wojtek Wolski on the first line with Ovechkin, and the two ran into each other in the offensive zone in the first period. Ovechkin has been playing right wing consistently for the first time in his career, but he was switched back to left wing in the third period. Asked to identify the teams biggest problem, Ovechkin said: "Just mentality." "There are no excuses right now. ... We look embarrassing," he said. Michal Neuvirth made his first start of the season in net, but he had a realistic chance to stop only one of Montreals goals. Washington ended a six-game winning streak against Montreal and lost in regulation to the Canadiens for the first time since Nov. 20, 2009. "Its seems the chemistry isnt there," Washington centre Jay Beagle said. "The coach is throwing different lines together and just trying to get something going." Markov supplied the assist on the games first goal, sliding the puck to Plekanec during a two-man advantage while Ovechkin and Brouwer were in the penalty box. It was 2-0 after Markov put in an easy rebound during a power play just 63 seconds later. The third goal came after a classic defensive lapse. Three Capitals chased the puck into the corner, leaving Gionta alone to receive a pass from Rene Bourque. The Capitals were so deflated that Gorges goal late in the second period hardly mattered. "Weve got a lot of skill on this team, and thats something that you cant control on a lot of teams," Crabb said. "But what you can control is your work ethic, and how hard you play." Notes: The 1993-94 Capitals team opened with six straight losses. ... Matt Hendricks, who got into a fight in Washingtons previous game to try to give his team a boost, was at in again Thursday, tussling with Brandon Prust in the third period. wholesale jerseys .S. Open forced the tournament to change its schedule, pushing the mens final to Monday for the fourth consecutive year. cheap jerseys . In all, some two dozen 2015 planners are poking their heads into every imaginable corner of Mexicos Pan American Games, looking to soak up as much local intel as possible. On this days agenda: a trip to the aquatic centre, and presentations on media and food services. "Our objective is to learn as much as we can about Guadalajara, so we can be in a position to take the good things we learn and roll it forward into our Games," said Ian Troop, CEO of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games organizing committee. . The 27-year-old winger is set to undergo facial surgery on Wednesday after taking a puck to the face in the third period against the New York Islanders on Monday night.( - If the St. Louis Cardinals are going to advance to their second World Series in three seasons they are going to have to earn it. Tonight, the Cardinals will try to finish off the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium. That may be easier said than done, though, as the Cardinals will be going up against perhaps the best pitcher in baseball in left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw is likely headed toward another NL Cy Young Award after a remarkable regular season that saw him go 16-9 and lead the major leagues with a minuscule 1.83 ERA and an NL-best 232 strikeouts. The Cardinals, though, have given him fits, as he lost twice to them in the regular season and, despite a terrific effort, was defeated by them on Saturday in Game 2 of this series. Kershaw gave up an unearned run and two hits over six innings of that one to fall to 1-1 with a 0.47 ERA in three starts this postseason. "All we have to do is score for him," said Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. St. Louis, meanwhile, will be trying to secure an amazing 19th NL pennant behind rookie Michael Wacha, who has been spectacular this postseason, winning both of his starts, while pitching to a 0.64 ERA. Wacha was able to outduel Kershaw in Game 2 by scattering five hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Counting his last start of the regular season, when he came within an out of a no-hitter, he is 3-0 with an 0.42 ERA. "I just expect Michael to go out and do what hes done, just like the rest of our guys," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Stick with what youve done all along the way, and dont ignore and doont deny the excitement. cheap china jerseys. " Los Angeles staved off elimination on Wednesday, as Gonzalez hit two of the Dodgers four home runs in a 6-4 win at Dodger Stadium. Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis also delivered solo blasts for the NL West champs, who hadnt homered at all in dropping three of the first four matchups to St. Louis. "I think if you look at it now, weve kind of become Americas team because everyone wants to see a seventh game," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Probably even fans in St. Louis want to see a seventh game, so I figure that everyones for us to win on Friday night." Zack Greinke (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded no-out jam in the first, then limited the Cardinals to two runs on six hits over seven innings. He also helped his cause with an RBI single. "When Zack got out of that inning with no runs, it was just a huge momentum swing in the game," Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis said. "Sometimes a game is won or lost in that first inning. I think that first inning had a huge impact on todays game." Matt Holliday went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter each collected two hits in the loss for the Cardinals, who, of course, have lost an NLCS both times they have held a 3-1 lead, including last year to the San Francisco Giants. Unlike last year though, the Cards will play the final two games in St. Louis, where they are 25-6 since Aug. 11. "Were not going to San Francisco, were going home, so I think thats a big plus," Cards third baseman David Freese said. If necessary, Game 7 will be played on Saturday at Busch Stadium. cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys ' ' ' 

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