Maybe it’s the new banner, maybe it was the adrenaline or maybe just maybe the Capitals’ top six are still hot from last season. Tonight’s home opener was a complete showcase in how the Washington Capitals’ top talent needs to continue to play to win back to back championships.
Today, despite the injuries to Michal Kempny and Travis Boyd and a huge 20-game, $1.26 million, suspension to Tom Wilson just hours before the game, this team looked the fastest and sharpest I’ve ever seen, which explains the 7-0 victory.
TJ Oshie spurred on a ravenous crowd opening the scoring by putting one past Tuukka Rask just 24 seconds into the game.
But Kuznetsov in particular had a phenomenal game, he was all over the ice forechecking and getting back on defense quickly. He even had brief stint on the penalty kill, though I doubt he’ll be the long-term solution for the loss of Jay Beagle. Although he did score two goals and was inches away from a hattrick with another assist.
Evgeny showed everyone last year that he is a superstar in the making and may have just cemented that future in the eyes of the fans today.
Ovechkin also slapped one home from his office at the top of the left circle. Then John Carlson shows off his best Ovi impression to beat Halak from nearly the same spot.
It’s also important to note that other players including Nic Dowd and Lars Eller also scored. But today, it was clear that the Capitals’ top players lead the charge and played up to their potential.
By Charlie Dipasquale