The National Hockey League Season has begun and for the Washington Capitals led to two wins against the Buffalo Sabres.
For the first game of the season the quality of the play was a bit wobbly but in the end the team was able to secure the 6-4 victory.
Getting the scoring going in the first game for Washington was Nicklas Backstrom, who netted a shot from the top of the paint at the 5:43 mark with assist from Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie.
The Capitals would go on to score twice in each frame and never looked back. With the win the Caps have now been able to record their fourth straight opening night triumph, which is a streak that spans the team’s three Head Coaches.
Washington was able to set a fast-paced tempo and played their stellar brand of defense. Also, one of the essential keys to the victory was the fact that all four of Washington’s lines had a hand in the scoring.
The Capitals even saw scoring from their blueline as John Carlson and Brenden Dillon were both able to find the back of the cage.
In the second game the Capitals saw the debut of keeper Vitek Vanecek, who was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft. Vanecek was able to stop 30 of the 31 Buffalo shots and led the way in the team’s 2-1 victory.
Tom Wilson played a huge role in both of the goals for Washington, as he first helped on the goal by Jakub Vrana early in the second period and recorded the game-winner at 7:47 of the third when he blasted a wrist shot past the Buffalo keeper from the right circle.
Once again, the Washington defense was outstanding, especially the penalty-killing outfit as they were able to defense five shorthanded assignments in the second game.
The defense was able to see blocked shots from Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson.
Now the Capitals will enjoy a day to travel to Pittsburgh as they will face the Penguins on Sunday (tomorrow) at 12:00 p.m.
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