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!