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Capitals complete comeback against Flames

Oct 3, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT

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The Calgary Flames may have felt like they deserved better.

Instead, they came away with just the single point. The Washington Capitals spotted the Flames a 3-0 lead in the first period, and a 4-1 lead in the second, but came storming back for a 5-4 shootout win on Thursday.

Alex Ovechkin has picked up right where he left off the last regular season, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist. He’s already up to five points on the season. Interesting, given the added motivation of having the 2014 Olympics in his home country of Russia.

He then scored in the skills competition, as did Mikhail Grabovski.

Calgary’s young forward Sven Baertschi, whose overall game during training camp was recently ripped by Brian Burke, was used in the shootout but couldn’t score. He also finished the night without a point.

  1. dcfan4life - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Great game, great comeback. Caps forgot to show up the first period but turned in on and dominated most of the rest of the game. Neuvirth was excellent too. Good win all things considered.

  2. govtminion - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    When your team is down 3-0 after the first period, usually they may put in a goal or two as the night goes on but the outcome is never really in question. That the Caps pulled it off tonight is very impressive- that’s the kind of heart this team seems to lack year in and year out. It’s still only the second game of the year, but that was a really good sign from them.

  3. bmoreredfury311 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    I was at this game tonight. I missed puck drop because the security to get in, was insane. I guess its better to be safe then sorry. Then get to my seat right before the first goal, then second, and the third, FML! To many sloppy turn overs and bad passes. Kid Car gets a terrible call, but turns out for the best, w/ a GREAT out the box goal, to light as fire under the team. Then it went 4 to 1, again FML. But in all, awesome come back, this team has some heart so far. Love Tom Wilson, dropping the gloves after the Hillen hit. Once they learn better 5 on 5 this team has a great future. GO CAPS!

    • letsgocaps88 - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:43 AM

      I’m a 7 year capitals season ticket holder and after the events today @ capitol hill…I love my boys but i don’t need a head ache after a long days of work. Coming from baltimore too.

    • joey4id - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      You Caps fans deserve to see your team make it at least to the conference final, but of course preferably the SCF. Could this be the year?

      • bmoreredfury311 - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        Of course, i’m bias and want to say, yes. But I think they go as far as they want too. If the comradery is there, theirs no stopping them. Long season, two games in, so we’ll see. GO CAPS!!

  4. gocaps8 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    They’ve got the offense to do it. I think Holtby is the goalie.

    But until the D tightens up, this team is not Cup worthy. I’m particularly concerned about Erskine’s foot speed and Carrick’s inexperience. The Hillen injury really hurts.

    I am very encouraged though by the compete level in the first two games. Four times, they came back to tie the Hawks in the opener and a huge comeback on Calgary.

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