Capitals Trounce Bruins in Season Opener, 7-0
Boston, MA - The momentum definitely carried over from last year's Stanley Cup Finals, it seems.
The Alexander Ovechkin led Washington Capitals proved victorious during last year's NHL post-season and they raised the commemorative banner last night during the season opener against the Boston Bruins. Energy was high and this became even more apparent when the Capitals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game.
They would not look back from this early advantage either as they wound up prevailing over the Bruins by a score of 7-0. Evgeny Kuznetsov led the charge for Washington as he scored two power play goals in the game. John Carlson and Ovechkin also netted power play goals of their own.
Even strength goals from Washington were added by Lars Eller, Nic Dowd, and T.J. Oshie. Obviously, penalties are a concern for Boston from the jump, with over half the goals they let up coming from the heels of penalties, committed by the likes of Sean Kuraly, Brad Marchand, and David Backes.
Beyond the penalty concerns, the Bruins have a lot more they will need to figure out after their poor showing in this opener. Goaltending comes to mind initially. It's only been one game, sure, but Tuukka Rask has already jumped out to a .737 save percentage, which is absolutely abysmal. He let up over one-third of all shots on goal before being replaced by Jaroslav Halak in the second period. And Halak managed to give up two goals of his own.
Nothing about Rask's performance should have inspired confidence in any Bruins fan. And the same goes for the Bruins' offense. Not one forward managed to exceed three shots attempted and only one defenseman, John Moore, could attain this. Obviously, the Bruins could not manage to scrape together even just one goal in garbage time.
The Bruins have to figure out every facet of their team if they want to compete this season and they can begin this process tonight in Buffalo as they face off against the Sabres.