The Capitals hosted their home opener on Saturday night. Rather than a 22-minute ceremony, the festivities were more muted. There was no mention of last season’s President’s Trophy. Instead, the coach, training and equipment staff, and the team’s roster were introduced to the fans after a super-dramatic Will Over Skill video narrated by Mike Knuble. The game start was delayed only nine minutes for the right to bear witness to all this.
Washington dominated the early portion of the first period, with the Islanders taking over seven minutes to get a shot on goal. The game continued going Washington’s way when John Carlson finished off an excellent shift by firing a puck towards the net that Daniel Winnik deflected past Thomas Greiss.
The Islanders took to the power play thanks to a holding call on Karl Alzner. Brooks Orpik came to the rescue, scoring an own goal off his skates.
The second frame was pretty boring. The Caps got two power plays but couldn’t convert. The only action came when Orpik and Alzner went D-to-D, before Karl made a long breakout pass to Winnik. Travis Hamonic fell on his tushy and Washington’s grinder took the puck all the way to house. Then some people on Twitter made terrible puns. That was all. Caps beat Islanders 2-1.
Brooks Orpik scores… for the Islanders pic.twitter.com/QdBm7ARz5a
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 15, 2016
Tonight marks Daniel Winnik's second multi-goal game in 22 games with the #Caps (3/18/16 vs. NSH: 2g).
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) October 16, 2016
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 16, 2016
It’s been a very good start to the season for the Capitals. They outplayed the Penguins, but lost a point on a coin flip. Now they have their first win of the season after a solid effort against a good division rival. Cheers.
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