Washington Capitals Take New Season by Storm


Logo of Washington Capitals hockey team.

Haley Marotto , Staff Writer

The Washington Capitals won their first ever Stanley Cup this past 2018 season, which was also the first win for their captain, Alexander Ovechkin who joined the NHL in 2005 and has been at the top of the NHL leaderboards for consecutive seasons. They beat the Vegas Golden Knights in game five, with a score of 4-3.

After a long summer, the Washington Capitals are back to defend their title. Their home opener was Wednesday, October 3rd against the Boston Bruins. Some believed that Washington would not come back as strong due to their confidence from the previous season, but that was not the case.

Just 24 seconds into the game, right wingman T.J. Oshie scored, giving the capitals a 1-0 lead. Soon after, Sean Kuraly of the Boston Bruins was penalized for tripping. Then less than a minute into the powerplay, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored, making it 2-0. Later, Oshie took a big hit from number 33 of the Bruins,  and Zdeno Chara, and Jakub Vrana received a penalty for tripping, which gave the Bruins their first power play of the game.

Early in the second period, Brad Marchand was charged with tripping, giving the Capitals their second power play. Captain Alex Ovechkin scored the second power play goal of the game making it 3-0, followed by centerman Nic Dowd making it 4-0. Later on, Madison Bowery was sent to the box for fighting with Sean Kuraly and Kuraly is also given a 2 minute minor and a 5 minute major for fighting.

Seven minutes into the second Kuznetsov got his second power play goal of the night to make the score 5-0. Kevan Miller is given a 2 minute minor later on for checking number 65, Andre Burakovsky, which gave the Capitals another power play. Then, David Backes got charged for slashing, allowing John Carlson to score on a power play making it 6-0.

With eleven minutes left in the game, Madison Bowery was called for cross checking against Marchand and sent to the box, causing the Capitals to have their second power play kill of the game.

To finish off the scoring for the night, Lars Eller had a breakaway to the net and scored ten minutes into the third period. With six minutes left in the game, Lars Eller was given a five minute major for fighting Brad Marchand, and Marchand was given a two minute minor for being an instigator against Eller and this penalty was served by Ryan Donato. Marchand also received a five minute major and a ten minute misconduct for fighting with Eller, leading to his removal from the rest of the game.

The Washington Capitals take the first game of the season with a shutout against the Boston Bruins and a 7-0 win.