Capitals Extend Opening Night Splendor: T.J. Oshie, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom And Alex Ovechkin Extend Opening Night Streaks


The Washington Capitals opened the 2020-21 season Thursday night with a 6-4 victory over the Sabres in Buffalo. The victory extends the Capitals success in recent opening nights and also extends opening night streaks for Capitals players.

T.J. Oshie (1g, 2a), Nicklas Backstrom (1g, 1a), John Carlson (1g, 1a) and Alex Ovechkin (2a) each had multiple points for the Capitals Thursday night. The Capitals improved to 5-0-2 in their last seven season-opening games, which is tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning (7-0-0) and Montreal Canadiens (4-0-3) for the longest active streak in the NHL.

Nicklas Backstrom has 15 assists in season-opening games (1-15—16 in 13 GP), the highest such total among active NHL players. Alex Ovechkin has 20 career points in 16 season openers (11-9—20), also the highest such total among current NHL players.

Capitals defenseman John Carlson, who led NHL defensemen in scoring last season (15-60—75 in 69 GP), has had multiple points in each of Washington’s last three openers dating back to 2018-19.

Following Thursday nights win, new Capitals’ bench boss Peter Laviolette introduced a new post-victory tradition for the team. Laviolette first noted that he was forced to watch a lot of television over the past year, and that his favorite show during his hiatus was Cobra Kai.

The Capitals and Sabres lock horns again tonight in the second game of their back-to-back set. Puck drop is set for 7:07 PM.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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