A strong start. That was the first item on the to-do list of every Washington Capital as they prepared for the beginning of the new season. After last year’s dreadful start they learned the importance of not falling behind of setting a positive tone.
As the Calgary Flames a team expected to reside near the bottom of the NHL standings threatened to hand them a second loss to start the campaign Thursday night that first objective appeared in jeopardy.
But after spotting Calgary three goals the Capitals gradually worked their way back into the contest. Rookie defenseman Connor Carrick kicked off the comeback with his first NHL goal Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Nicklas Backstrom tied the score late in the third period to force overtime. Then center Mikhail Grabovski recorded a backhand game-winner in the shootout for a 5-4 Capitals victory in the home opener at Verizon Center.
“We were a little sloppy in the beginning there” Backstrom said. “We weren’t sharp on passes positioning s...