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#1 Posted : Thursday, December 06, 2018 10:20:55 PM(UTC)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — From banner to blowout Dmitry Kulikov Jersey , the Washington Capitals‘ Stanley Cup defense is off to a rousing start.After watching the franchise’s first Cup banner ascend to the rafters, the Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals scored two goals in the first two minutes on the way to a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. T.J. Oshie opened the scoring 24 seconds in and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the first of his two goals at 1:47 to give Washington the fastest first two goals by a defending champion in a season opener in NHL history.“We scored right away,” Ovechkin said. “After that, they were kind of in shock.”By midway through the second period, the Capitals chased goalie Tuukka Rask with five goals on 19 shots and ignited chants of “Back-to-back! Back-to-back!” from the fired-up crowd. That’s the chant Oshie started after the victory parade in June, and it was echoing throughout the arena four months later.“I said it because I believe it,” Oshie said. “We got a lot of guys in here that not too long ago were raising the Stanley Cup above our head. Not a lot’s changed.”Braden Holtby stopped all 25 shots he faced to improve to 15-2 with four shutouts against the Bruins.The emotional banner ceremony featured montages from the Capitals’ playoff run and ensuing celebrations and a roar when Ovechkin carried the freshly engraved Cup onto the ice and skated a lap with it. Minutes after Ovechkin kissed the Cup and put it back in its box, he and his teammates blew away any concern about an emotional letdown and began making a statement that they want to win it back.“We showed we’re not going to give a team easy ways to beat us Youth Dustin Byfuglien Jersey ,” Ovechkin said.In Todd Reirden’s first game as coach, the Capitals beat the Bruins for the 13th consecutive time, this time without Tom Wilson. Washington’s top-line right winger began his 20-game suspension for another illegal check to the head of an opponent in a preseason game.Without Wilson, the Capitals’ offense didn’t miss a beat as Ovechkin scored one of four power-play goals, Kuznetsov scored his second on the power play and John Carlson beat Boston backup Jaroslav Halak on a 5-on-3 advantage. Newcomer Nic Dowd joined the fun with a spinning back-hander, and Cup-clinching goal-scorer Lars Eller added the exclamation point with the seventh of the night.The Bruins were not pleased by Eller’s celebration, and winger Brad Marchand instigated a fight with him soon after.“His celebration was unnecessary,” Marchand said. “He took an angle in front of our bench and celebrated in a 7-0 game. So I just let him know.”Rask fell to 1-11-5 in his career against the Capitals with a 3.30 goals-against average and .889 save percentage that are each the second-worst of any opponent.“I’m out there to give us a chance http://www.jetsshoppro.com/authentic-jacob-trouba-jersey ,” Rask said. “It didn’t happen today. Three soft goals, you’ve got to look in the mirror and go fix it.”Only two goals came against Halak, whose presence on banner night in Washington was poetic after his performance for Montreal in the 2010 playoffs ended one of the Capitals’ previous best chances to win a championship.NOTES: The Capitals have outscored the Bruins 48-19 during this winning streak. … Reirden expects Wilson to appeal his suspension through the NHL Players’ Association. … Neither Reirden nor Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy would say who’s starting in goal for his team Thursday. … The Capitals set a team record for goals in an opener. … Washington C Nicklas Backstrom became the third player in franchise history to reach 800 points.UP NEXTBruins: Visit the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night in No. 1 pick Rasmus Dahlin ‘s debut.Capitals: Open the rival Penguins’ season Thursday night in Pittsburgh. DETROIT (AP) — There was time for one more good chance in overtime before the clock would run out. Andreas Athanasiou took the puck near the blue line, skated in and backhanded it toward the front of the goal, where Dylan Larkin was open.“I saw the lane to the net,” Larkin said. “I knew he was going to get it to me, so I just tried to put myself on the far side of the net.” Larkin scored with 5.1 seconds remaining in overtime, capping an impressive late comeback by the Detroit Red Wings in a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night. Athanasiou tied the game with 2:02 remaining in the third period Josh Morrissey Jersey , then made the pass to Larkin, who redirected the puck past Henrik Lundqvist for his seventh goal of the season.“Just took a look at the clock,” Athanasiou said. “Got the puck up, (Mike Green) was screaming for me to get it up there. I saw Larks and tried to get it to the net.”The Rangers led 2-0 after two periods but had their four-game winning streak snapped. Detroit has won five of six after winning just one of its first 10 games.Kevin Shattenkirk and Neal Pionk scored 40 seconds apart during an extended New York power play late in the second period, but Justin Abdelkader began the Detroit rally with a goal early in the third.Lundqvist remained a win behind Hall of Famer Jacques Plante for seventh place on the career list.“This one hurts, because we had everything under control,” Lundqvist said.The Rangers scored twice while Detroit’s Jacob de la Rose was serving a double-minor for high-sticking. Shattenkirk beat goalie Jimmy Howard with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle. Then, with de la Rose still in the box http://www.jetsshoppro.com/authentic-kyle-connor-jersey , Pionk’s perimeter shot appeared to deflect off a Detroit player on its way in.Lundqvist’s bid for his first shutout in nearly a year ended with 18:14 left in the third. Gustav Nyquist took the puck from Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith and fed Abdelkader on the doorstep for an easy goal.“We cheated the game with a 2-0 lead and that’s the result,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “I thought we had learned that lesson, but we obviously haven’t. You can’t do that in this league.”Athanasiou, back after missing four games with a lower-body injury, tied it toward the end of the third when he sped in from the left wing and backhanded the puck past Lundqvist.“A lot of speed. I knew I could cut in,” Athanasiou said. “Got hooked a little bit, was able to get the puck back and I was able to fake Lundqvist out.”The Red Wings also trailed 2-0 before rallying to beat Vancouver in a shootout Tuesday.“We need to play the first period with the same urgency that we have in the third period,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said.NOTES: Mats Zuccarello (groin strain) missed the game for New York. … De la Rose left with an upper-body injury. … With Brett Howden Womens Mark Scheifele Jersey , Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil, the Rangers had three forwards age 20 or younger in the same regular-season game for the first time since Oct. 13, 1990, when Tie Domi, Troy Mallette and Steven Rice played at Washington. … It was the 12th time in the last 13 games between Detroit and New York that the game was decided by one goal.UP NEXTRangers: Visit Columbus on Saturday night.Red Wings: Visit Carolina on Saturday night.
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