Fans of the Washington Capitals are already marking their matches against the New Jersey Devils on their calendar as days when they can plan a gala dinner at a restaurant or bar to celebrate a victory. The last time the “capital” lost to the “devils” in February last year and since then have won as many as nine meetings in a row. Including today.
The Capitals were not in the least embarrassed by the two preseason losses against the Devils, or even by the fact that Lindy Ruff’s team kicked off the season with victories over Chicago and Seattle. The wards of Peter Lavioletta achieved their already everyday triumph confidently and without any problems. The only goal was conceded by Washington at the end of the match with the score 4: 0, when the outcome of the meeting was a foregone conclusion.
In principle, the intrigue was, if not killed, then questioned in the middle of the period, when Dmitry Orlov scored the second goal for the Capitals. This goal was truly special. Why? Because he is completely Russian.
Evgeny Kuznetsov noticed Orlov’s connection to the attack on the left edge and instantly passed on him. Dmitry, on the other hand, made a transverse transfer to the center under a throw to Ovechkin, but Alexander’s shot was repelled by the goalkeeper. As a result, the puck bounced back to Orlov, who finally finished off the Devils goalkeeper. It looked beautiful.
Naturally, such a Russian goal with the participation of Orlov, Kuznetsov and Ovechkin is not the first one they have built in their long career at Washington. A similar incident occurred in April this year in a match with … New Jersey (5: 4). Then Kuznetsov became the author of the abandoned puck, and Orlov and Ovechkin acted as assistants. Even more remarkable, as it is today, that goal was victorious for the Capitals. This is such devilish magic.