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Capitals rout Devils, 7-2, in wild home opener

10094382H22251744.jpegJohn McDonnell/The Washington Post

Two goals by Alex Ovechkin -- one on a penalty shot -- and a fight-filled third period were just some of the highlights in Washington's dominant, 7-2 victory over New Jersey at Verizon Center.

John Carlson, Tomas Fleischmann, Jason Chimera, Brooks Laich and Eric Fehr also scored for the Caps, who rebounded in dramatic fashion from last night's sluggish, 4-2 loss in Atlanta. Michal Neuvirth was again solid in goal, stopping 31 shots, including all 17 he faced in the second period.

Much more to come, so stay tuned.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | October 9, 2010; 9:34 PM ET
Categories:  New Jersey Devils  
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Comments

GOOOOO
CAAAAPPPPSSS!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 9, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know what happened to those advanced scoring sheets they used to have on NHL.com... game summary, event summary, PP summary, etc...

There used to be a drop down link where you could get to them. Can't find it.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Kings-Nucks should be an interesting game.

The Kings should take it to the next level this season. I really like how that team is built... plenty of skill and grit.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

even CSN is using my comments

flattered

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 9, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

tmac - under "Stats" at the top of the game page. Still a drop-down, just looks a little different than it used to.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | October 9, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

In addition to his sound positioning, Neuvirth seems to have quick reflexes and reaction time.

Unlike some who are in the Varly camp or Neuvy camp, I couldn't care less who ends up being better between the two.

Between them and the other 2 youngsters in the system, hopefully at least one does prove to be special over time, not just for a season or two.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, stevie... was looking for a little arrow or something. It just appears when you mouse over it.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nicety251 | October 9, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Did the fans serenade Martin? I didn't think that was too cool. He is one of the greatest goalies of all time after all. Just a bad night for him.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | October 9, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

And that was fully lame for Leblond to go after 90.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Oops. Under Stats. Use search function for teams and/or players.

Posted by: nicety251 | October 9, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Green with 6 hits and 3 BS in addition to the fight.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

That got ugly and stupid at the end. NJD didn't show much class imho. I like how the Caps gave as good as they got though. Not too soft along the boards either.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | October 9, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

So um...where is cstanton to tell us how the Caps really didn't play that well and just got lucky?

All things considered...what I was happiest to see was that killer instinct and that they didn't let up in the last 10 minutes.

Posted by: capscoach | October 9, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom made some slick plays and did some good things on the PK but he still doesn't look 100%. Even at 90% or wherever he's at, he'll still wow you a few times a game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Also...so was that Greens first NHL fight? b/c if he wants to do that again...he should see king for some lessons :)

Posted by: capscoach | October 9, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

cstanton actually called them playing well tonight before the drop of the puck.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Not enough happened to really judge Green in that fight. It looked like he was waiting for Kovalchuk to come in and counter but nothing ever materialized really before they went down. I think Green blocked a weak punch and threw one that was short before they went to the ice.

Regardless, was still nice to see him engaged like that... not to mention his 6 hits and 3 blocked shots.

He had one bad giveaway before the Chimera fight but looked sharp in most facets tonight.

Played physical, good smart passes in his own end for the part. Easily could've potted a couple goals. Pretty well rounded game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Green had a good, physical game yesterday, and it's glad to see him chugging on with that, minus all the defensive gaffes.
How good was Carlson tonight? 3 pts aside, he played a great two-way game.
Johannson's giveaway at the start aside, the 3rd and 4th line played great. Finished their checks, went into the corners and boards to dig for pucks, etc, etc.
Much better effort, overall, tonight.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 9, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Just had to throw a cstanton jab...no harm meant...us koolaid drinkers just have to celebrate our first victory of the season!

I just LOVED the fact that they showed that killer instinct that has been so rare on this team.

I also noticed that Backie does not look 100% could it be his leg is still bothering him? I am not worried though...he played fine tonight and he will get "back" in form soon.

Posted by: capscoach | October 9, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Also, I saw Schultz hit someone. I think it was in the 2nd period.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 9, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Carlson was an easy POG choice but he did have that giveaway that nearly led to a breakaway.

He recovered and made up for his own mistake though.

Nobody's perfect. Excellent game from him.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

lol richmondphil it is hard to watch when a guy as huge as schultz doesn't use his body...but I have come to accept that its the way it is...as long as he continues to play solid positional D and cover for Green

Posted by: capscoach | October 9, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Everyone makes mistakes, the key is that he recovered.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 9, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Green and Kovy was not a good fight but kudos to them both for making the effort and losing their lids before squaring off. That's the way you're suppose to do it when you're wearing visors. I hate it when you see a guy engage in a fight while wearing a face shield.

Posted by: FunkyGloveFacewash | October 9, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

And Flash had a good game.

I wanted to see if he stayed engaged after getting leveled again a couple times early.

He made some mistakes for sure but down to the final period he was still working along the boards and going to high traffic areas. Nearly scored another goal taking it right into the goal mouth late in the game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I was gonna say that, too. 90 also got in his first credited hit as an NHLer.

Glad he didn't get hurt when Leblond pulled him down. His leg bent a little funny.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, no doubt Backstrom will be back in form soon enough.

Just pointing out that while he looked great at times tonight, we still haven't seen him at his best.

I remember a stretch of about 15 games or so last season where he looked like the best player in the league. He was doing it all. He's Mr. Consistency on this team and was obviously for the majority of the season (even when he wasn't putting up points early on) but he had that one stretch of games where he looked like the best player in the world.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

* meant to say... was obviously awesome throughout last season

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 9, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Green fought Kovy for that late hit on Bradley on the play right before that. It wasn't covered/shown on CSN, but it was shown on the Devils feed.

So there, there's an example of someone sticking up for the team not named Chimera or Erskine.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 9, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Also, I saw Schultz hit someone. I think it was in the 2nd period.

Yeah, it was Parise he laid the body on.

Posted by: FunkyGloveFacewash | October 9, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

maybe last night was an aberration!

Flash looks like he wants to make a run at belonging at 2C. He definitely didn't lack effort. Want to give kudos to the goal Semin created last night: in stride, knocks a saucer pass out of the air, settles the puck and curls back pulling the Thrashers D with him and creating a 2 on 1 for Flash and Laich. Then he makes the perfect pass. Goal Caps - only player in the league who could've made that play start to finish.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | October 9, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

so what are the thoughts on 90 and how he is handling the real NHL? I think he has huge potential but definitely is not used to the speed. He seem more comfertable in his defensive role than on offense. I say he will look like a completely different player in a month or two.

Posted by: capscoach | October 9, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

@FunkyGloveFacewash - its pretty common for elite players to drop the brain buckets before they fight to avoid breaking their hands. its really more about that then the visor thing. but i agree with you, it was good to see both remembered to do so. we don't need to have 52 in a cast for two months.

Posted by: cbl-pdx | October 9, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Also, I was watching the Buffalo/Rags game a bit, and Myers made a number of noticeable mistakes, leadng to two Rangers goals. Chara also made a number of defensive gaffes at the blue line in their opener against the Yotes.


If Green keeps playing like he did tonight, he is Norris-nomination bound again, offense aside.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 9, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Also, I saw Schultz hit someone. I think it was in the 2nd period.

Yeah, it was Parise he laid the body on.

Posted by: FunkyGloveFacewash |

Oh yeah, it was Parise. Speaking of Parise (who I am a big fan of), he made at least two bad defensive mistakes. One of them costly. A bit out of his character tonight.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 9, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

so what are the thoughts on 90 and how he is handling the real NHL? I think he has huge potential but definitely is not used to the speed. He seem more comfertable in his defensive role than on offense. I say he will look like a completely different player in a month or two.

Posted by: capscoach |

I agree, he shows flashes of NHL-readiness, but overall, he seems a bit uncomfortable. Only time and experience can change that, and he had a few great offensive opportunities, including showing signs that he's not afraid of physical contact and going to the net.

His game would look above and beyond if his frame was filled out. Needs to add a little bit of muscle.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 9, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

and iceing on the cake...Pitt lost again!

Posted by: capscoach | October 9, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

cbl-pdx- I actually find it's the elite players that don't remember(or know)to do it enough. Crosby, Richards, and unfortunately OV to name a few that have fought with visor adorned helmets on. I know that the helmets are where a lot of broken hands come from but when there's a visor too, it's that much more dangerous for both players.

Posted by: FunkyGloveFacewash | October 9, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

and iceing on the cake...Pitt lost again!

Posted by: capscoach | October 9, 2010 10:59 PM

I was gonna mention that, hehe

isnt that cool? hehe

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 9, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, it was Parise. Speaking of Parise (who I am a big fan of), he made at least two bad defensive mistakes. One of them costly. A bit out of his character tonight.

Posted by: richmondphil2

Yeah, I'm a fan of Parise too. He did have a few uncharacteristic blunders.

Posted by: FunkyGloveFacewash | October 9, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

new thread

Posted by: wocoliz | October 9, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Uhmmmm.. where is puckguru's trash talk tonight?

Posted by: RogerNoVa | October 9, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

@nicety251

Even though the "Search" function was a bit difficult to find on the NHL.com site since it's a dark grey box on a black background (or maybe it's just my old eyes).

I only learned that there was a "Search" function on there yesterday. (Great to now know.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | October 9, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao

Initially, I had assumed Carlson would be first star since he was involved (or at least on the ice) for the early Caps scores. That was until Ovi scored his 2nd goal on the Penalty shot. Hence, Ovi was 1st Star (and player of the game). Since I was at the game rather than watching at home, I don't know who Joe B and Tom L. honored with the Palm POG award.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | October 9, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Carlson was POG over at Comcast land

Posted by: RedRedRed | October 10, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

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