Capital's forward Tomas Fleischmann, nicknamed "Flash," started the Cap's pre-season off with a bang by scoring 2 goals in the team's 4 - 1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Capital's faced Stanley Cup winning goalie Cam Ward of the Canes and looks like he got downgraded to a tropical depression after allowing goals from Flash, Matt Bradley (who wore the Captain's sweater) and the boys. Rookie defensemen Sami Lepisto and Karl Alzner got great ice time - with Lepisto logging more than 18 minutes and Alzner racking up 22 minutes. Hockey Mom is rooting for both of these guys in their battle to make the permanent roster.
So congrats to the Caps for a strong pre-season performance! Tonight's lineup at Verizon Center will feature the big guy himself - Alex Ovechkin - along with team mates Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin.
While the Caps were rocking the red in N.C. last night, the red-clad Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings didn't get off to a very good start. Red Wings captain Nick Lidstrom suffered a broken nose after taking a puck to the face. The Wings lost to the Montreal Canadiens 3 - 2.
There was another very scary moment during last night's game when Canadien player Matt Carle was knocked unconscious by the Wing's Tomas Kopecky. Carle was taken off the ice on a stretcher but passed the medical tests and was able to travel home with his team. HM hopes to NEVER have to witness this in one of our youth games (even though it is a totally legal and clean hit):
HM hopes Matt Carle is doing well and back in action soon. Hope to see another victory tonight with Capital's pre-season action against the Canes at 7 p.m.
I miss my Comcast SportsNet Caps coverage (couldn't get last night's game on the radio) - where's Lisa Hilary when I need her? Looking forward to hearing Joe B. and Locker's voices again in a few short weeks!