Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Preview -- Oct. 3

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Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Preview -- Oct. 3
Two days removed from dismantling the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Opening Night, the Washington Capitals will open up at home at Verizon Center Saturday night.

The Caps fell in seven to eventual champion Pittsburgh in the conference semis, except this season, Lord Stanley's Cup is what the Caps seek - not another disappointing end to the season.

Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich each scored twice in the season-opening victory at TD Garden in Boston, and Nicklas Backstrom tallied a hat trick of assists, as the Caps won their first game in regulation in nine years at the Garden.

Jose Theodore recorded 19 saves on 20 shots, but it will be the youthful Semyon Varlamov who gets the nod in net. Varlamov played the team's final seven playoff games last year.

While the Capitals power play was great, scoring on two occasions with a man advantage, it was the penalty kill that was stellar, holding the Bruins to an 0/5 effort.

Last season, Washington went 29-9-3 on home ice, the second-best mark in franchise history, and will look to better that mark on their way to hopefully a third-consecutive playoffs appearance.

The puck drops at 7 p.m. and the first 15,000 fans receive a Mike Green bobble head so be ready to Unleash the Red, because the game will be jam-packed and is a sell-out.
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