The Washington Capitals lost their first game of the season, but I thought they were okay. Looks like the Boston Bruins just got the rebounds and finished all their big plays. Let’s go.
Listen. Goal summaries are difficult. Let’s go gradually. The Bruins scored the first three goals: Bergeron on a power-play rebound, Pastrnak with a good move then a quick exit from the slot, then Hall with an odd run. The Caps got the next two: Strome setting up Mantha at the mouth of the goal, then Sheary with an end-to-end clinic. David Krecji made it a two-on-one to make it 4-2 late in the third. Lindholm got the empty net. Alright, that wasn’t too bad.
- The Capitals played well. It’s a game. We are ants on the edge of a large chandelier. We don’t know anything.
- It was Kuznetsov’s 600th game and Kuemper’s 300th.
- Dylan Strom did not need long to get his first point as Capital. It was an expert pass for Anthony Mantha. I think he was a genius addition to the team in the offseason – both the who and the how.
- Marcus Johansson looked great with the puck – controlling offensive zone time, making power-play zone entries, going through neutral. Everywhere except right in front of the net. The first highlight of the season was Marcus blowing a scoring chance. (He was tripped. It’s a bit.)
- from boston Jake DeBrusk got hit by Washington’s newest defender, Erik Gustafsson, in the first period. He tried to come back but couldn’t.
UPDATE: Jake DeBrusk (upper body) will not be returning to tonight’s game.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 13, 2022
- Washington’s power play did very little, none of which would be displayed on a scoreboard after four chances. I’m pretty low on that part of their game.
- Also on the tip of the review: I didn’t like the Carlson-Fehervary couple. They were on the ice for two Bruins goals, with Fehervary losing his stick on one of them. Fehervary also gave Boston its second power play of the third period. (Chris said in Discord about that penalty: “dive city.”) This duo was one of Laviolette’s biggest and most obvious splurges last season. I hope they get better together or maybe they should just go their separate ways.
- Just check the maximum effort of Conor Sheary on his goal. I love this player more every day. The Caps said he was tied with Kuznetsov for the team’s third-most goals in the past three years.
#⃣7⃣3⃣ started with a block, ended with a goal! pic.twitter.com/6h8gza0gKh
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 13, 2022
- This is your mandatory national broadcast hate bullet: Garbage! TNT made sure to slam the Capitals with every comment. Strome’s pass was an accident, Ovechkin is a one trick pony, Oshie is trying too hard to impress us with his hairstyle. I’m sorry, but I used to go to bars and I know to deny when I hear it. I can’t wait for Joe B and Locker tomorrow.
Speaking of which: we’re having a Joe B costume of the night tomorrow. It makes me smile.
Ok one game down. A loss, of course, but a good effort with lessons to be learned. Bad power play, good secondary score. Bad bounces, but good times with good buds. Bad top-pairing defense, but good that Aliaksei Protas is huge.
Main photo: @pennybacker