Ted Starkey and I highlight several key factors of the Capitals’ 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the OFB TV video below (thanks to Chris Gordon for filming), but here are a few extra notes before you watch:
– Out of the Capitals’ 7 goals, 2 came on the power play (the Capitals received 4 power plays total Saturday night), and both were scored by Mike Green. Dennis Wideman also got a point in the game, which means he’s scored in every regular season game so far this season. Ironically, other teams this season had averaged only 1.4 goals against Detroit, who had backup goalie Ty Conklin in net.
– Coach Bruce Boudreau still sounded a bit in awe of Detroit even after his team crushed them. That’s the respect winning a gazillion Stanley Cups and having one of the most pristine styles in the NHL will earn you.
–The Capitals were still outshot 33 to 25.
–Mathieu Perreault has the best plus/minus on the team right now at 6. He also scored two goals in Saturday’s game.
– A final observation: yes, the Capitals are undefeated this year. Yes, their last two wins have come against top-notch opponents. And, yes, this team can continue to get better. Tomas Vokoun still had a lot of work to do Saturday. Alex Ovechkin now has 7 points, but he’s due for a flurry of goals soon.
And now, enjoy the inaugural OFB TV video of the season (show mercy–we’re still working off the summer rust).