Friday, October 2, 2009

Capitals Open Season With Win

The Caps took a big step towards what they hope is a memorable season Thursday night, grabbing their first win of the season with a 4-1 victory at Boston.

In a matchup of last year's best regular-season teams from the East, Alexander Ovechkin and Brooks Laich each scored a pair of goals and Jose Theodore stopped 19 of 20 shots for the win.

Last year, the Caps opened up with a sloppy loss in Atlanta, but this time around, Theodore stopped the Bruins early with a couple of spectacular saves, and Laich opened the scoring with a power-play goal tip-in off a Nicklas Backstrom feed across the crease with 2:45 left in the period.

Ovechin padded the lead with his first goal of the campaign, as he fired a wrist shot past Tim Thomas for a 2-0 Washington edge.

But Washington really took control in the third period, as Laich tipped in a loose puck past Tim Thomas for a 3-0 Washington lead just :16 into the frame, then just 1:41 later, Ovechkin buried a Tom Poti feed past Thomas for his second of the season.

The Caps put down the clamps on last year's top-scoring squad, holding Boston to just three shots in the last 20 minutes, and just 20 for the contest. Patrice Bergeron did give the fans at TD Banknorth Garden a bit to cheer about with 12:04 left in regulation, but Theodore and the Caps were too tough on Opening Night.

Now, the Capitals return home Saturday night to raise the 2008-09 Southeast Division banner and get an appearance on Hockey Night in Canada when the Maple Leafs come to Verizon Center.

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