Washington Capitals Open Season on a Strong Note

chad lamasaCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2008

Alex Ovechkin—the most exciting player in the NHL—has been held pointless in two of the three games that the Washington Capitals have played so far this season. But that hasn't seemed to stop the Caps from picking up where they left off last year.

After losing 7-4 in their season opener against division rival Atlanta, the Caps won their next two games to open the season 2-1.

This is not to say that Ovechkin has not contributed to the success of the team. Teams are trying to take away his offense, which doesn't seem to bother him much. He finds other ways to contribute to the game, whether it's laying down big hits or playing on penalty kills for the first time in his career.

While Ovie has been shut down, other members of the Capitals have been stepping up.

Alexander Semin has already put up three goals and three assists on the young season. Defenseman Mike Green has three goals and two assists. Milan Jurcina equaled his goal total from last season with a sick slap shot in the second period.

Not to be outdone by the "Young Guns," veterans Michael Nylander, Sergei Federov, and Donald Brashear have all contributed in various ways.

The team is looking healthy again and very hungry. My only concern is the lack of a true No. 1 goalie between the pipes. Brent Johnson played extremely well—earning his 100th career victory—but only faced 10 shots.

Jose Theodore has struggled so far in his two appearances, having given up six goals in less than six periods.

With that said, the Capitals have so much firepower they only really need a goalie that will make the big saves when necessary.

They don't need Marty Turco or Martin Brodeur. The just need someone who will keep them in the games and allow the skaters to win them.