Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wipeout! Caps Crush Predators 4-1

Michael Neuvirth (#30) just missed out on a shutout

We're already knee-deep into the preseason (six games down, two to go) and the Washington Capitals evened their record at 3-3 with a resounding 4-1 beat down of the Nashville Predators last night at Verizon Center. Eric Fehr scored two goals, new Center Mikhail Grabovski added three assists and Michael Neuvirth missed a shutout by just 14 seconds, as the Caps gave the 16,748 in attendance plenty to cheer about.

The Caps had lost three in a row, including two games to the Boston Bruins; but relished on the home ice, exploding for three goals in a decisive second period. Stars Nicklas Bäckström and reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin scored as well, showing mid-season form; while backup goalie Neuvirth turned away the first 33 shots he faced, until Nashville's Gabriel Bourque snuck in a power-play goal in the final minute to avoid the shutout.

Nicklas Bäckström (#19) welcomes Matt Hendricks back to Verizon

Washington hosts their final preseason contest Friday night against Philadelphia at 7:00 PM. The Caps won a dramatic 4-3 shootout back on September 16th in Philly, and you can bet the Flyers will be out for revenge. The Capitals wrap up their preseason the next night in Chicago, who they'll also face in the league opener on Tuesday, October 1st.

Steven Oleksy (#61) tangles with Mike Fisher (#12)

Mike Green (#52)

Alex Ovechkin (#8) and Backstrom (#19)

#2 star Mikhail Grabovski (#84)