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Capitals Blow Out Bruins in Home Opener

After a breathtaking Stanley Cup Banner raising and a heartfelt commemoration video, the players and fans could not wait to start defending the cup. Unfortunately, D.C. had to say goodbye to one of the best summer of their lives. The arena was erupting and the Caps were feeding off the energy.

The Caps got off to a very quick start. For Bruins starting goalie Tuuka Rask, he has never played well against Washington, losing 15 straight to them. Shortly after puck drop, T.J. Oshie scored just 24 seconds into the game, picking up where they left off in June. You could feel the excitement in the fans and players. The Bruins were shocked to see the hot start the Caps were on.

Then, the Bruins gave up a penalty 1:45 into the game. The Capitals power play seemed to be in mid season form, posting a 4/6 conversion rate on the PP. After letting a bouncing puck to the net, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 2 seconds into the man advantage.  These two early goals were the start of the thrashing of the Bruins.

Starting goalie Braden Holtby was lights out on Wednesday. He picked up his 1st shutout this year. Last season he didn’t have a single shutout until the playoffs. Holtby also had an assist to Kuznetsov’s second goal of the night on the PP. He looks to be in great form after facing a tough Eastern Conference opponent.

Fourth line center Nic Dowd was playing surprisingly well in the replacement of injured Travis Boyd. His defensive pressure was very similar to former Capital Jay Beagle. Dowd has big shoes to fill this season while Boyd is out and Beagle leaving Washington. Late in the second period, Dowd found the back of the net with a marvelous backhand to beat Rask.

As the game went on and the goals kept on pouring in, Caps fans couldn’t help themselves and starting chanting, “BACK to BACK, BACK to BACK”.

With this monumental victory over the Bruins, it gives the fans hope and joy that they could possibly return to the Stanley Cup Finals. 2018-19′ is looking to be very promising for the Capitals.

 

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