The New Look Caps – Buenos aires debuted its new clothing for the first time in regular time of year NHL action in Friday’s period opener at Atlanta, additionally it showed off a new style of perform. Having turned over a third of that roster exactly a year following opening up its 2006-07 season using a 5-2 loss to the Rangers within New York,  the Caps viewable their new look and new style against Southeast Department foe Atlanta.

It went very well.
Washington played a tremendous first time period, jumping out to a 2-0 steer after the first 20 minutes. There were a few anxious moments in the second and early in the third, but once Viktor Kozlov tipped home Mike Green’s point shot from 5:27 of the 3 rd period, the Caps squeeze hammer down on Atlanta’s episode and kept it generally there.

“Because we stayed as they are in the first period many of us didn’t really give them everything,” observes Caps goaltender Brent Brown.  “Once we did we presented them outside shots all night. If not for just a couple of equipment failures, they really had all external shots. They got the one purpose; it was a deflection that went off the side of the net. I had been trying to get back to the post and obviously it went off the back of my leg. But with this brand of play, if we continue that we’re going to win lots of games this year.

“There was good, strong defense by the ahead. They were unbelievable. Especially [Alex Ovechkin].  Which is doing it for the team. That may be just awesome. I elevated and gave him an enormous hug. He has got a the big apple on his lip, but that’s just great. In case everyone can play like that we’re also going to win a lot of games.”

The “apple” below Ovechkin’s lower lip came in the third period, through the shaft of Thrasher defenseman Steve McCarthy’utes stick. It required 14 stitches to close the twisted. Ovechkin played through it in addition to was at his best in your closing minutes.
The Caps acquired goals from two of his or her three significant off-season acquisitions: Kozlov as well as Michael Nylander. They also got a unusual goal from defenseman John Erskine. The special teams play had been solid. And with the game at risk in the third period,  the actual Caps showed off their shielding prowess. Atlanta had 6 shots on goal in the first five and a half min's of the third period, although got just two pictures the rest of the way, after Kozlov’utes insurance tally.

The Caps properly clogged up the neutral area, cycled the puck in the bad zone and backchecked diligently. Matt Pettinger laid out to block a would-be  opportunity from between the circles delayed in the third and Alex Ovechkin – actively playing what Caps coach Glen Hanlon later on termed “his best video game as a Capital” – made a terrific play on a backcheck to break up a late scoring chance.

Washington had seven power play chances to Atlanta's four on the evening, and it outplayed the Thrashers in virtually any aspect of the game.

As the clock reach midnight, Washington’s plane left Atlanta and skied its way back to the District. On board have been 23 hockey players, several coaches, several staff members, several members of the media, assorted luggage and bags regarding hockey equipment.

And two details.
Southeast Swingaround – Last season, Atlanta received the Southeast Division identify and the Capitals finished in the particular cellar of the Southeast. Among Washington’s goals this season is always to emerge from divisional play with a winning record. They got off on a good foot with Friday’s acquire, and will have a second chance to have the Southeast hay when the Carolina Tornados visit Verizon Center on Thursday.

Of the 32 playoff berths earned in the NHL since the lockout, it's unlikely that any has been earned by a staff with a losing record from its own division.

Something Old, New stuff, Something Blue — The Caps’ assault on this night was furnished by something old (Nylander,  a former Hat), something new (Kozlov) and something blue (blueliner Steve Erskine). Two of the Caps’ three goals came up off shots from the point.
Johnny On the Spot – Message board geniuses decried Glen Hanlon’utes decision to start Johnson in goal in Friday’s season opener, but the personable Caps goaltender quieted the m[asses] with a solid 28-save performance in goal from the Thrashers. The win came in Johnson’azines first opening night task since Oct. 4, Mid 2001 when he dueled the Blue Jackets’ Ron Tugnutt into a 3-3 tie while wearing a E. Louis Blues sweater.

Johnny Hit the Spot – Erskine’s goal was just the second in a Capitals even and his fifth in 171 career NHL games. Erskine’s first purpose as a Cap was a empty-netter against Buffalo on 12. 2, 2006. Steve Eminger picked up the lone assist with that tally.

Before that, Erskine scored a great unassisted goal while with the Islanders upon Mar.14, 2006 inside a 6-1 New York win over the Devils.
“It hit one of their own guys and went with off [New Jersey goaltender Martin] Brodeur,” recalls Erskine.

The second of Erskine’s a couple of goals as a member of this Dallas Stars was also the unassisted tally, as was their goal against Atlanta upon Friday.

Erskine’s last served goal with a goalie between the pipes was on January. 22, 2003 with Texas, with Mike Modano assisting. That has been his first NHL goal. Modano as well as Eminger are the only two players actually to gain an assist in any of Erskine’s five NHL strikes.

Erskine’s teams are 5-0 within games in which he results a goal, but Friday night’s tally marks his initial career game-winner. And according to Erskine herself, his first “intended” tally.

“That’ersus the first one where I’ve in fact shot the puck and I’onal scored,” he says. “Hopefully I’ll get more of them this year.”
Shooting Art gallery – The Caps opened fireplace on opening night,  starting 40 shots at Atlanta goaltender Kari Lehtonen. That’s more photos on goal than the Caps had in any single recreation last season. The last occasion Washington exceeded the 40-shot skill level in a game was with Apr. 15, 2006 when it fired 49 at the Panthers’ Roberto Luongo in a very 2-1 win at Florida.

Tie-Breaker – Planning into Friday night’s time opener in Atlanta, the particular Caps were dead during season openers in their previous Thirty-two seasons: 15-15-2.  Friday’s season-opening victory presses the Caps a game towards the good in that department, along with they’ll stay there until starting night of 2008-09.
Road Openers – The last time the particular Capitals collected a win in their first road game of the growing season was in 2002 when they exposed the road slate with a 2-1 win over the Isles on Ny in Bruce Cassidy’s second game as Washington bench superior.

Fast First – Nearly 26 in the past, ex-Cap Ryan Walter authored the quickest opening night goal with NHL history. Walter scored only 12 seconds into Washington’utes season opening 5-3 loss to the Sabres at Buffalo on August. 7, 1981.

Five years immediately after Walter’s goal, Minnesota’s London Nilsson erased the former Caps chief from the NHL’s record guide. On Oct. 11, 1986, Nilsson netted an ambition for the North Stars only 10 seconds into what would end up a 4-4 game between the Celebrities and the Nordiques in Quebec.
Incidentally, ex-Cap Dino Ciccarelli will be co-holder of the NHL record for most objectives in season opening activities. Ciccarelli and Michel Goulet each netted 14 opening night strikes during their respected NHL careers. 

Hall of Fame B-Day Day – Friday marked the birthday celebration of three Hockey Area of Famers: the late NHL goaltender Lorne Chabot (1900), goaltender Patrick Roy and forward Mario Lemieux (both in 1965).

Foremost Firsts – Three pretty good NHL centers notched their first profession goals on this date, too. Detroit’s Steve Yzerman tallied his first NHL goal against Winnipeg for this date in 1983. Henry Modano scored his first objective for the Minnesota North Megastars on this date in 1990 and Hurricanes pivot Fishing rod Brind’Amour netted his first goal from the league for the Blues from the Blackhawks, also in 1989.

Little Feat – Bryan Little became the first Thrasher ever to score a goal in his NHL debut. Nov. 19 at Anaheim
Eight is excellent in Anaheim – In his first trip to Anaheim nearly three years ago (January. 13, 2006), Caps still left wing Alex Ovechkin recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career to help propel the Limits to a 3-2 overtime win over the Ducks.

In tonight’s second stop by at Anaheim’s Honda Center, Ovechkin was involved in each of Washington’s 1st four goals in a 6-4 Richesse win. The star Washington winger assisted on his team’azines first three goals here tonight and scored the fourth. After being involved in 7 straight Washington goals in this particular building, Ovechkin watched as the Caps’ Matt Bradley and Dave Steckel, respectively, counted his team’s last two goals.

With his four-point effort on Thursday night, Ovechkin has moved in to a tie for fifth place on the league’s scoring journal. He has 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) within 16 games on the time and his plus-18 mark leads the particular NHL.
Ovechkin has a five-game goal streak likely and he has had multiple reason for each of those games and six in the last seven as well.

According to your Elias Sports Bureau, Ovechkin is the first Capitals player to register one or more goal and two points in every of five consecutive team online games since Dennis Maruk in 1980-81 (five activities).

In his last five game titles, Ovechkin has six goals, eight assists and is plus-12.

Nov. 20 in Los Angeles
Streaking – Washington’s run of points in consecutive activities had reached eight (6-0-2) prior to Thursday night’s loss in R.A. That stretch had been the team’s longest given it went 10-0-2 in a stretch of any dozen games from Present cards. 28-Feb. 24, 2001.

The Capitals’ string of four straight road games with at least a point (2-0-2) also came to an end.
On the positive side from the ledger, Ovechkin collected an help you run his scoring skills to six games (six goals, nine assists). Backstrom extended the career high scoring streak to seven games (four goals, 10 assists. And Kozlov now has a four-game scoring skills (one goal, four aids) going.

From the Elias Sports Institution – Going into Thursday’s game with all the Kings, Ovechkin had scored Age 14 points over his past five games (six desired goals, eight assists), with at least one goal and one assist in just about every game. Ovechkin is the first Richesse player to score 14 factors over a five-game span since Paul Gartner in February 1987. He’azines the first player on almost any NHL team with 14 or more points over a five-game span since the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin had 15 points within five games last period (Feb. 2-10, 2008).
Nov. 24 with Minnesota
Missed It By That Much – Washington closed out a four-game journey out west on a difficult note on Monday with Minnesota, dropping a 4-3 selection to the Wild. Washington seemed to be down 2-0 after two intervals of play, and has been behind 4-0 just over seven minutes into the third period. Down four goals in the ultimate game of the road trip along with missing seven regular people (more on that in a little), the Capitals staged a good improbable rally in the last 6 minutes of the game, the rally that fell one particular tally short.

With just 4 able-bodied defensemen and 10 able-bodied forwards readily available for duty, the Capitals placed the defensively stingy Wild on the heels and scored about three goals in a span of A few:33. Nicklas Backstrom’s goal at 18:16 pulled this Caps to within one particular, but Washington was struggling to get any more shots upon net in a bid to the equalizer after that point, even after dragging goaltender Jose Theodore in favor of an extra skater.
Eric Fehr along with Matt Bradley combined to break Untamed goaltender Niklas Backstrom’s shutout spell in 14:43 of the final frame. Fehr drove the puck about the left wing wall, having the disc just out from the reach of a Minnesota defender who was draped all over your ex. Fehr cut toward the goal but happened to be a shot off, and Bradley surely could sweep the rebound driving Backstrom to put the Caps within the board.

Just 84 seconds afterwards, Alex Ovechkin came down the same wall in addition to beat Backstrom clean with a flawlessly placed snapshot. About a minute afterwards, the Caps earned a rare (on this night) power participate in and cashed in when Washington’ohydrates Nicklas Backstrom beat his near-namesake with just One:44 remaining on the timepiece. Backstrom’s goal was the Caps’ third in a span of several shots.

“We were putting force on throughout the game,” mentioned Fehr after the game. “but we simply couldn’t quite seem to find pucks all the way to the net. They were hindering a lot of shots. But I think after we got that 1st goal it was a relief off our shoulders as well as guys realized we were nevertheless in it.”
Although Washington’s comeback put money fell short, the Caps came away from Monday’s game feeling good about them selves. Mentally, anyway.

“You know what? My goal is to be able to go to sleep pretty simply tonight,” said center Streams Laich. “I am happy with our folks. We battled hard. Many of us lose guys to damage, the guys in the lineup stayed at in the lineup and enjoyed through injury. I am like to show off our guys for the work they gave on a brief bench on a long road trip.”

Wounded Soldiers – As if losing the sport wasn’t bad enough, Wa also lost four far more players to injury throughout the course of Monday’s game. That’s besides the three players (forwards Sergei Fedorov in addition to Alexander Semin and defenseman Mike Green) which sidelined with injuries when the game started.
Defenseman Jeff Schultz suffered a damaged finger on his right hand early in the first period after taking just three work day. Schultz will be out of the lineup 4-6 months. Heading into Monday’s match up in Minnesota, Schultz was finally among Caps defensemen with an common of 20:38 for every game in ice moment.

Shortly after Schultz’s departure, core Boyd Gordon left the game with rear spasms. He is currently detailed as day-to-day.

Already down a defenseman, your Caps dropped to a number of healthy blueliners on the bench while John Erskine was sidelined with an undisclosed injury in the second period along with did not return. Laich took a few shifts on defense inside the third period just to give the four remaining healthy rearguards an occasional rest.
Caps captain Chris Clark had taken just one shift lasting 46 seconds in the third period of time. After the game, I was informed we would learn more about his rank on Wednesday. Washington won't practice on Tuesday; the team subsequent takes the ice to get a morning skate at Kettler Richesse Iceplex on Wednesday at 15 a.m. in preparation for the game that night resistant to the Atlanta Thrashers.

Between now and then, Washington will surely need to summon a replacement player or players from AHL Hershey, which often hosts Binghamton at Giant Center on Wednesday night. The Caps’ game against Atlanta begins a stretch in which Washington has three games in some nights. The Capitals should have Thanksgiving Day off before playing host to Montreal on Friday and planing a trip to Columbus on Saturday.
Nov. 26 compared to. Atlanta
The Eight Train – Alex Ovechkin was a male possessed on Wednesday. They played 21:32 to enjoy the team, recorded a hat trick and an assist, shot 19 shots (five ended up blocked, eight missed the point and six went on goal), laid a pair of hits, earned the team’s hard-hat as the game’s hardest working player and took control of the team scoring lead, passing teammate Alexander Semin.

Ovechkin erupted for their eighth multiple-point game of the season on Wednesday. He now has 15 goals and 24 items in his last 11 games and has a dozen goals and 29 points on the year. Ovechkin leads the NHL with 16 even strength points within the month of November.

Coming directly into Wednesday’s game, Ovechkin had only one power play goal for the season. He tripled that entire with a pair against the Thrashers. Ovechkin’ohydrates 47 hits in Nov are second only to the 52 recorded by Boston’ohydrates Milan Lucic this month.

The hat trick was the sixth associated with Ovechkin’s career and his 2nd against Atlanta. He now features 23 goals and 48 points in 26 job games against the Thrashers.

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Richesse have assigned forward Joel Rechlicz to the Hershey Bears of the National Hockey League (AHL), vice president and also general manager George McPhee announced nowadays.

Rechlicz, 24, made his Capitals debut on Jan. Thirty-one versus the Lightning in Tampa fl Bay and played the right after night against Florida. He's recorded one goal, one assist and 184 penalty units in 27 games with Hershey this season and currently prospects the AHL in penalty min's. Rechlicz spent last season having Hershey, appearing in 28 online games posting one goal and also 132 penalty minutes.

The Brookfield, Wisconsin, local has played in 25 NHL game titles with Washington and the New york city Islanders, collecting one assist as well as 95 penalty minutes. With 105 career AHL games with Albany, Bridgeport and Hershey, Rechlicz has compiled a pair of goals, two assists as well as 562 penalty minutes. The 6’4”, 220-pound frontward originally signed with the Ny Islanders on May 6, 2008 and was signed by Hershey on July 29, This year. ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals quit wing Tomas Fleischmann will represent the particular Czech Republic at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Czech Republic head coach Vladimir Ruzicka announced his team’ohydrates 23-man roster today that includes 07 current NHL players. The Czech Republic gained the bronze medal inside the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
Fleischmann, 30, will be making his initial Olympic appearance. The 6’1”, 192-pound native involving Koprivinice, Czech Republic, leads in the NHL in capturing percentage with 14 ambitions on 56 shots (25%). They ranks sixth among Czech-born NHL avid gamers with 24 points (18 goals, 10 assists) inside 28 games played.
After missing out on the first 11 games of the season recovering from deep vein thrombosis in their leg, Fleischmann returned on April. 29 at Atlanta. In the second game back, and also first on home ice-cubes, he recorded two goals in a 4-3 overtime loss resistant to the New York Islanders on Oct. 25, beginning a career-long nine-game point skills.
Fleischmann has previously represented his country in two major global events, the 2003 and 2004 World Junior Titles.
Fleischmann will join at least four teammates throughout Vancouver, as Nicklas Backstrom was named to the Swedish team about Sunday, and Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Semyon Varlamov were named to the Russian team on Dec. 24. ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Richesse have assigned forward Cody Eakin to your Hershey Bears of the American Baseball League (AHL), vice president and gm George McPhee announced today.

Eakin, 20, has collected eight items (four goals, four helps) and a plus-two rating in 29 NHL games this season. He made his / her NHL debut on Nov. One vs. Anaheim and recorded his first NHL point (an help) and scored his initially NHL goal on Nov. Four at Carolina.   

Eakin has recorded Twenty-five points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 41 activities with Hershey in the AHL this season. In his first full professional time of year, Eakin leads all rookies in Hershey in goals, assists and points. Eakin appeared in a number of regular-season games for Hershey during the 2009-10 period (two goals) and took part in five postseason games as Hershey picked up the 2010 Calder Cup.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native served Canada earn a metalic medal at the World Jr . Championship last season in addition to helped guide the Kootenay Ice to your Western Hockey League (WHL) world-class. Eakin finished the Memorial Glass playoff round tied for next in points (six) and the three goals scored tied up for third. He obtained 239 points (118 goals, 121 assists) in 238 career WHL games.