Well it was a bit of a shaky start for the Capitals as they opened their season in "Blueland" against the Atlanta Thrashers. Goalie Jose Theodore was pulled in the second period and replaced by backup Brent Johnson, which was probably not the coming out party that Jose had in mind.
With goals from Alexander Semin,David Steckel and two sweet ones from Mike Green, the Caps evened the score 4 - 4 in the third period. Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen woke up from last season's slumber to block an Alexander Ovehckin penalty shot. With about seven minutes left in the third, key players for the Caps have been Viktor Kozlov, Alex Semin and Mike Green. Thrashers just scored two in less than a minute to make the score 6 - 4. Nice goal Colby Armstrong, but you still remind me of a Smurf!
A no-look pass from Thrasher sniper Ilya Kovalchuk sealed the blue men's victory at 7 - 4. Gabby is not going to happy losing to his best pal, Thrasher's coach John Anderson. But hey folks, the great thing about hockey is that it's a looong season - no need to push the panic button yet. Unless you're Thrashers 18-year old rookie Zach Bogosian taking the gloves off against Donald Brashear. Boy, are you CRAZY?
So the Caps will regroup and will return home to Verizon Center to raise the Southeast Division Championship banner tomorrow night. Bring your A-game boys and protect your house!