The Capitals officially opened up Capital One Arena for the new season, dispatching the Montreal Canadiens 6-1. Déjà vu time. Alex Ovechkin earned himself another hat trick, but this time plus one more goal.
This game was won handily, no doubt about that. It only takes one glance at the box score to figure that out. However, the Caps were heavily out attempted and out shot by the Habs especially in the second and third periods. You can surely blame some of that on score effects, but I’d say blame more of it on pure sloppy play getting bailed out by a Vezina winning goaltender.
Woof, that’s not a good looking chart. Braden Holtby was under siege for large parts of the second and third periods and came up large to keep the blowout intact. The Caps netminder ended the night with 38 saves and has seemingly found his groove after a shaky first period in Ottawa. I didn’t even specifically mention his effort in the recap. That should probably be an arrest-able offense.
Numbers thanks to Hockeystats.ca and Photo: Patrick McDermott
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