Thursday night, the Washington Capitals continued their poor play, falling 5-2 to Montreal in Quebec City. The reigning Stanley Cup champions started slow, needing 15 minutes and 45 seconds to record their first shot on goal, and did not score at even strength. The winless Capitals are now 0-3 in the preseason and have been outscored 12-5.
While the Capitals aren’t firing on all cylinders yet, the team’s captain, Alex Ovechkin, already appears to be in midseason form. Ovechkin scored on his first shot of the preseason.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) September 21, 2018
After falling behind 4-0 early, Ovechkin got the Caps on the board five minutes and 17 seconds into the second period. Ovechkin scored a power-play goal from his office, rifling a one-timer past Charlie Lindgren. Christian Djoos and Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied the assists.
The Ovi goal was a familiar and welcoming site, except for one thing.
Ovi didn’t celebrate at all.
Like nothing. He did literally nothing after scoring.
Rookie defenseman Connor Hobbs would score on a clapper nearly eight minutes later to narrow the Habs lead to 4-2, but that was as close as the game would get.
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