Tonight The Washington Capitals began the second half of their (championship) season. Coming off a three-game slide, it was imperative that the boys show some aggression tonight. That they did– in a barn-burning 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Caps now have a perfect record (1-0-0) while I wear my Russian Machine Never Breaks t-shirt.
Tonight’s game marked Alexander Ovechkin‘s first game as captain. We at the Machine don’t actually understand what this means, but we can say with certitude that the embroidered “C” looks totally bad-ass on his sweater. And while the difference the new captaincy brings to the team cannot yet be quantified, we know the Caps were a Brand New Team tonight. After a glut of lifeless play in the games following former-captain Chris Clark‘s exit, the boys were back in a big way at Verizon Center this evening. And the icing on the cake? Our boy, the controversial Alexander Semin, gets the lion’s share of the credit for the win tonight.
All that and more after the jump!
Be honest. Before the game, you thought the story of the night would be the Russian Machine donning the “C”, right? We did, too. And while the Great 8 delivered exactly no points this evening, his leadership might have been the difference-maker. Tonight we saw some of the wonderful “secondary” (or is that tertiary?) scoring that make the Caps positively lethal to opponents. If that’s what Ovechkin-as-captain means, we have a lot to be excited about.
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