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Caps stay unbeaten: Alex Ovechkin figured out where the goal was

Oct 20, 2011, 9:50 PM EDT

Alexander Ovechkin AP

It was supposed to be a marquee matchup in Philly with the Flyers and Capitals. Instead, it was the Alex Ovechkin “welcome to the season” party.

Ovechkin scored two goals, including one on the power play, giving him three on the season as the Caps blew the game open in the third beating Philadelphia 5-2.

While Ilya Bryzgalov said he didn’t have a book on how to defend Ovechkin, he might want to study up a little more for their next meeting. Ovechkin doing what he does is the sort of thing that helped the Caps break out in a big way.

Tomas Vokoun didn’t do so bad either in his showdown with Bryzgalov stopping 40 shots and effectively destroying any further discussion about whether there should be a goalie controversy in Washington. Bryzgalov was perfectly mediocre stopping 23 shots.

In a game that came with a ton of buzz about it as a showdown between two of the East’s early top teams, it was the Capitals that flexed their muscles the most and made the Flyers hot start to the season seem fluke-ish with how bad they looked tonight. After all, the Flyers were able to help the Caps’ power play snap out of it for a night.

The Caps’ win now sets them up for a potential clash of the unbeatens on Saturday night when they’ll take on Detroit from Verizon Center.

Check out the ripper from Ovechkin tonight to beat Bryzgalov.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Turnovers and penalties were PHI’s doing and Washington capitalized on those mistakes. Pun intended. 2 goals in 1:08. The last 3 in 2:30-ish.

  2. bcjim - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Can’t play Caps hockey against the Caps and expect to win. Especially with Vokoun in town.

  3. rayriceisnice - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Caps lookin pretty damn nice so far! Loving it! Best start in caps history

  4. bigbear42 - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Great start, but you have to worry about how many shots they are giving up per game

  5. wethog66 - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    I wouldn’t worry to much about Philly’s shot total. A lot of those shots came in the 3rd when they were done by 4. Caps hanging back to minimize mitakes and Philly was desperate.

    And man its nice to put a bitch slap down on Philly.

  6. philly4lyfe - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Another season of the caps being a top seed in the east only to get laughed out in the first round. It’s a good thing we won’t need to worry about the caps in the post season considering the only time theyve gotten outta the first round the last 3 years is against the rangers who my mom could score more goals than them in a playoff series.

    • stakex - Oct 21, 2011 at 2:01 AM

      And how many Cups have the Flyers won in the last few years? Oh yeah…. none.

      Its one thing to trash talk when your team is a winner. Its another thing to trash talk when your team hasn’t won a Cup in 37 years.

      • hank10 - Oct 21, 2011 at 7:40 AM

        And how many Cups have the Caps won, or better yet, how many trips to the Finals have the Caps been at in their history? Uh, how about none and one. Fine, they took advantage of sloppy play by the Flyers and most of their goals were on deflections. So be it. Just remember, it was only game# 6 of a long season.

      • epictron1 - Oct 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM

        How can a Capitals fan say “When’s the last time the Flyers won a cup?” .. Capitals haven’t even won it once.

      • stakex - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:03 PM

        Im not a Caps fan, I’m a Rangers fan.

        I just get a kick out of a Flyers fan trash talking (after his team lost none the less) about the Capitals not finishing in the playoffs the last few years when the Flyers haven’t won a Cup in over 3 decades. You only get to trash talk when your team actually wins…. or has won a Cup recently. Otherwise you just look foolish.

        Side Note: While the Capitals have never won a cup, they have only been in the league since the year the Flyers won their last Cup. Hence both teams have the same length of Cup drout.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM

        the caps havent even sniffed the finals…at least philly has won the east

    • Panda Claus - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      Wait a minute. Did you just make an indirect comparison between the Caps and the Phillies? Because by mentioning “top seed in the east” and “laughed out in the first round”, it’s unavoidable not to think that.

  7. epictron1 - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Ranger fans… too easy.

  8. mgp1219 - Oct 21, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    I don’t like the Caps, but everything about Philadelphia, I hate, mostly the fans.

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