Welcome back, friends! After a fairytale summer, the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals turned back into pumpkins during a pregame banner-raising ceremony as their season began with a home opener against the Boston Bruins. The magic didn’t stay gone long.
A long wait following a short summer ended just 24 seconds after puck drop when TJ Oshie scored on Tuukka Rask’s short side from out wide. A little over a minute later, Evgeny Kuznetsov added a power-play goal, and that’s when I figured something was up. The second period saw the Caps erupt for four goals: Ovechkin, Dowd, Kuznetsov (again), and Carlson. Rask was chased from net with Halak stepping in. Eller made it a full touchdown and extra point halfway into the third period with a clean breakaway goal. Holtby recorded the shutout to kick off the season right.
Caps win 7-0!
Is it too soon for Bailamos? Never.
The Capitals team photo in front of the championship banner pic.twitter.com/pHHF1z09cl
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 3, 2018
is this good pic.twitter.com/8MOnHi5Ity
— b. (@youripides) October 4, 2018
— ZurkDL (@ZurkDL) October 3, 2018
Thanks to Zurk for the Joe B suit of the night!
Friends, I’m so glad hockey is back. It’s good for the soul to hear the sounds of skates on ice and sticks on pucks and dudes on dudes.
Wait. Lemme try again.
The Caps are back, and I’ll be darned if they don’t look like a finely tuned scoring machine that never breaks. Let’s test that theory Thursday night as the Caps head up to Pittsburgh.
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