Capitals raise banner, rout Bruins in opener

05 Octobre, 2018, 01:46 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Capitals raise banner, rout Bruins in opener

Not to mention the owner and the GM and the assistant equipment manager and anyone else on staff.

Washington Capitals players watch the Stanley Cup championship banner during a banner-raising ceremony before the team's NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Washington.

"Obviously a little anxious about how you going to start off the game after a ceremony like that, but I think everyone looked [at] it the right way", Nicklas Backstrom said.

They roared at any mention of "champions". Or any clip of Ovechkin.

Washington started quickly when Oshie took a cross-ice feed from Backstrom and fired a one-timer that beat Rask to the short side just 24 seconds into the game. It was a red banner saying "Stanley Cup Champions 2018" with the Cup itself on the ice, and the players standing right there watching.

There already were five red banners hanging from the rafters to signify some sort of accomplishment by the Capitals: Three represent a total of 11 division titles, one marks the team's pair of Eastern Conference titles, and the last celebrates a trio of Presidents' Trophy triumphs.

"We showed we're not going to give a team easy ways to beat us", Ovechkin said.

"It definitely was a concern so it was something I addressed on more than one occasion and was quite firm on [it] actually before the game with the guys", Reirden said.

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"He's been an important player for us, really been coming into his own on the first line, complements Ovechkin and Kuznetsov especially, so he's very hard to replace", Reirden said.

The Capitals raised their first Stanley Cup championship banner on opening night, but it wouldn't be Washington if there weren't some politics involved. "It's something we went through in the playoffs a year ago and I think that's kind of how we're approaching it is who's going to take advantage of this situation and I thought last night we did a great job of having some different guys step up". The Bruins struggled to win simple puck battles all night, and failed spectacularly on both special teams units (0-for-2 on the power play, 2-for-6 on the penalty kill).

The Vegas Golden Knights tried to improve their chances of returning to the Stanley Cup Final in their second season by signing free agent center Paul Stastny and acquiring forward Max Pacioretty. They scored two quick goals in the first 1:47 of the game to take a commanding lead over the Bruins.

Not only did the Capitals put an end to their own futility, they also earned the first championship for any of the city's teams in the four North American major professional sports leagues since the NFL's Redskins won the Super Bowl in 1992.

"They made it OK to believe", said ceremony emcee John Walton, the Capitals' radio voice.

The ceremony concluded with Ovechkin kissing the Stanley Cup one more time before placing it back in its case.

To their credit, the Caps got off to an excellent start in their first-ever title defense.

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