Well it wasn't an 8-3 shellacking like the L.A. Kings put on the Ducks; this week but the Washington Capitals captured a 3-2 win on home ice against the visiting Boston Bruins. Caps faithful got their first glimpse of Alex Ovechkin, appearing in his first pre-season action, along with what new team mate D.J. King brings to the table. The first period was in its infancy when King handed a dance card to Bruins' heavyweight Shawn Thornton and the refs let them go for a good round. On Frozen Blog has captured some nice memories of the hulking King displaying his fighting finesse.
The Bruins were of course without the offensive talents of Marc Savard, who is still feeling the after effects of the concussion he suffered courtesy of Penguins' villain Matt Cooke last season. This year's highly-touted draft pick, Tyler Seguin, did not don a sweater for the B's either. Boston saw scoring from Jeremy Reich and Brad Marchand, while it was the Capital's youngsters and last night's assistant captain that lit the lamp for the home team. Fan fave Mathieu Perreault made yet another case for a permanent spot with his first-period goal, with some help from AO and Mike Knuble. Alex Semin netted the second tally in the second period and Cody Eakin put the final touches on the night for the Caps with a wrister at the 5:27 mark in the final stanza. Michal Neuvirth stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced. HM was streaming the game on the laptop as kids' commitments did not allow me to be at the Phone Booth last night, but Storming the Crease was in the house and has a more thorough recap.
A very scary moment occurred in the final minutes of the game when the NHL's czar of discipline's son, Gregory Campbell, checked Alex Ovechkin head first into the boards (RMNB has spot on photographic evidence). Thankfully, our fearless leader was okay but was none too pleased with the hostile act and proceeded to express his displeasure with a swat o' the stick into Campbell's side. Both players took a seat in the box for their actions - last night's animosity may make tonight's game at the Gahden a bit more interesting, eh?
Puck drops between these two teams tonight at TD Bank Garden at 7 p.m.