Ovi, Caps roll past Beantown
BOSTON -- Though it's early, Washington Capitals fans can sleep soundly after watching the utter destruction at TD Garden Thursday night.
Alex Ovechkin, the reigning NHL MVP, scored a pair of goals and Brooks Laich added two scores of his own, as the Caps dominated the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Opening Night.
It was the power play for the Capitals that was the main reason they cruised to victory against the Bruins. Washington scored 2 power-play goals on the night.
Laich opened the scoring with a tip-in from Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom 17:15 into the first. Nearly midway through the second, Ovi found the net for his first of many goals of the 2009-10 season.
Backstrom garnered a hat-trick for himself, well at least in the assist column, as he assisted on the first three goals for Washington. Ovechkin added an assist as well.
The first two minutes were the buzz kill for the fans at TD, as Laich scored :16 in on a power play wrister and the "Great 8" slapped another in at the 1:56 mark.
Goalkeeper Jose Theodore made 19 stops for Washington, and with the help of his defensive crew, completely shut down any attack the Bruins tried to gain.
It looked as if Boston would not score, but a breakaway by Patrice Bergeron gave the Bruins their lone goal of the night 7:56 into the third period.
Tension grew and whistles blew in the latter part of the third, but the Caps ultimately slammed the door on Boston, to go to 1-0 on the season.
The Capitals open their season at Verizon Center Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.
*Theodore made his first start in net since game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New York Rangers.
*Semyon Varlamov is slated to start for the Caps Saturday against Toronto.
*Washington out-shot Boston 34-20, including a 12-3 advantage in the final 20.
*In his Caps debut, Mike Knuble failed to score, but had two shots and finished +1.
* The first 15,000 fans to enter the Telephone Booth Saturday evening will receive Mike Green bobble heads, so get there early!
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