There was offense, there was defense, and there was goaltending. The Capitals got their first home victory behind a team that played solid hockey all around.
The capitals improved their record to 2-0-2 and extended their point streak to four. The Capitals are clicking on all cylinders but tonight the headlines are all about the Offense. The first goal of the night came from a rebound shot from Alex Ovechkin, his third straight game with a goal. But the Devils continued to add pressure in the Washington zone which ultimately led to a Devils goal to tie things up at 1-1. The Capitals quickly responded with a no angle goal from the youngster Chris Brown to put the Capitals up 2-1.the Capitals pulled a classic Capitals move and started to ease up on the forcheck after they scored, the Devils took advantage and scored. the 1st period ended with things knotted up 2-2.
Mid way through the 2nd the Swedes started to take over the game. Marcus Johansson got the goal ahead goal to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead, which they wouldn’t give up. Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, and Joel Ward all tallied in the third period to extend the Capitals lead 6-2.
Brouwer: “It was a good breakout, a little bit of a turnover by them, and we were able to capitalize on it, Ovechkin was driving the net and picking up the rebound, doing what he does.”
Niskanen: “It’s early in the year. A lot can change, but two points is two points. They’re in the bank now, Things that felt good for us [are] the process of how we want to play and who we’re going to be. You saw at times even tonight, where we weren’t that detailed and we weren’t that good and they had some good looks and Holtby had to bail us out, keep it tight, then we got to what our game should look like and we had good success. That’s encouraging. Hopefully guys can believe in it now”
Backstrom: “After the first game, I think he realized he’s got to shoot a little more,” Backstrom said of Johansson. “He’s been doing that. Two goals, two games now.”
GOALIE STATS: Braden Holtby
|SA: 28||TOI: 59:59|
|GA: 2||EV: 20-22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5-5|
|SV%: .929||SH: 1-1|