Remember the old hockey adage: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work?

Feel free to apply it to these Capitals.

The Capitals got out-worked in nearly every aspect of Thursday night's 4-1 loss to the visiting Montreal Canadiens and will wake up Friday morning as the only team in the Eastern Conference without a point.

"Embarrassing is almost the right term right now," Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer said. "Pathetic is probably a better one.

"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 of their respect. We haven't earned any of their passion. We've got to turn this around and we've got to do it fast."

The Caps are 0-3 for the first time since 1993 when they started the season with six straight losses. That team played 10 games over .500 the rest of the way and made it to the second round of the playoffs.

This team?

Through three games the Caps have allowed seven power-play goals on 18 chances. They've also been outhit 65-58 and have received zero goals from Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green.

Add it up and you have what first-year coach Adam Oates called a "fragile" team with a questionable work ethic.