The Washington Capitals thrilled hockey fans in their return to the ice as they were able to earn a 3-2 exhibition victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night. Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin scored twice and was able to pick up an assist in the victory against the Hurricanes.
Ovechkin scored 24 goals in the last 25 games of the shortened 2019-20 season, while also adding some wonderful assist and overall brilliant play for the Capitals. Alexander who will be celebrating his 35th birthday in September was able to lead the Captials to the victory against the Hurricanes and hopes to continue his fine style of play as the NHL will start a three-game round robin style tournament that begins on Monday against Tampa Bay.
The first goal for Ovechkin came during a first-period power play opportunity, as T.J. Oshie and Dmitry Orlov combined to set their captain up on a wonderful scoring opportunity at the 8:27 mark. Carolina was able to respond and tye the game just 30 seconds later as Vincent Trocheck pushed the puck over the goal line. At first it seemed as if the Hurricanes had a no goal, but then after review the folks in the National Hockey League declared the goal to stand and the game to be tied at 1-1.
Washington was able to regain the lead around the middle part of the first period, as Ovechkin was able to find Evgeny Kuznetsov, who finished a beautiful tic-tac-toe tally to make the score 2-1 with around 10:34 remaining. Defense played a huge part to the Capitals winning the exhibition game as goalkeepers Braden Holtby and Vitek Vanecek combined to keep the Hurricanes offense at bay.
The Capitals will now have some time to get adjusted to bubble life in Toronto, practicing on Thursday around 12:15 p.m. and also having some time off to get adjusted to their new settings. Washington will have the first game of the NHL season on Monday August 3 when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning with a game scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
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