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The Capitals made their preseason home debut Tuesday at refurbished Capital One Arena. It didn’t go well, a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.
Only a handful of regulars played – Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie up front, Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov on the blueline and Braden Holtby in goal. But Washington fell behind less than two minutes into the game and went 1-for-7 on the power play in a whistle-happy game.
Niskanen scored his power-play goal early in the third period and posted a ridiculous eight shots on goal thanks in large part to playing Ovechkin’s left circle spot on the power play. AHL Hershey prospect Riley Barber, a long-shot to make the 23-man roster, did score a goal. And the Capitals loved what they saw from 2018 first-round draft pick Alex Alexeyev. Still just 18, he’s headed back to junior hockey soon with the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels, but the experience has been a good one.
Top goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov gave up a goal shortly after taking over for Holtby midway through the second period and allowed two on 11 shots in 29:42 of action. He was hoping for better in his debut.
The Capitals are off Wednesday and head to Quebec City next for a neutral site game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. They then play the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh on Friday. Don’t expect many players to participate in both road games.
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The Capitals will raise the banner at home against the Boston Bruins. Here’s a look at some highlights:
Game 1: Golden Knights 6, Capitals 4
Game 2: Capitals 3, Golden Knights 2
Game 3: Capitals 3, Golden Knights 1
Game 4: Capitals 6, Golden Knights 2
Game 5: Capitals 4, Golden Knights 3