Ovie converts on the penalty shot. (Photo credit: Greg Fiume/NHLI via Getty Images)
In the eternal words of Keanu Reeves, whoa.
Tonight’s bout between the New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals was everything last night’s lackluster opening game was not. The Caps offense took no prisoners while savaging the Devils’ net. The game had pretty much everything you could ask for: prolific Capitals goal-scoring, the role-playing you’d expect from Caps depth players, and solid goaltending from Michal Neuvirth. And then everything went to hell in the boku battles that erupted late in the third.
Two goals and an assist from Alex Ovechkin, two assists and a goal from John Carlson, two penalties and an assist from Alex Semin. These are the Capitals you’ve been missing. Seven beautiful goals from all sorts of Caps heroes put this game far out of reach for the Devils, who found their only recourse was starting five fights in the waning minutes. Caps beat the Devils, handily, 7-2.
It’s impossible to recap this game, but these bullets will try their darndest.
We hope you hockey fans had your popcorn at the ready tonight. The Capitals delivered that special recipe for hockey that we love them for, that we so direly missed in the opener. Forgiven is last night’s false start in Atlanta. Let the match between the Devils and the Caps, held on this 9th of October 2010, be the gold standard for the rest of the season. If every game can come close to the excitement of tonight, ’10-’11 will be even better than ’09-’10.
See you on Monday. We need a drink. Or five.
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