Capitals Power Ranking Roundup: Week 1

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 11: Mike Green #52 and Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals talk during the game against the Ottawa Senators at the Verizon Center on October 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Our weekly temperature-taking of the mainstream media's opinions on the Washington Capitals:

Outlet This Week Last Week What They're Saying
2 1 Set the alarm a day too late, but made up for it in the home opener.
4 http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png All credit given to Mike Green for fighting Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk late in an ugly game. But he should avoid fighting and stick to playing porous defense.
14 3 The Caps rebounded from a tough opening night in Atlanta to crush New Jersey in their home opener, chasing Martin Brodeur en route to a 7-2 victory. Don't expect the Caps to stay this low in the rankings for long.
19 2 (.500) Atlanta's only win of the week was a scary one. Two minutes into the opener Friday night against Washington, goaltender Ondrej Pavelec mysteriously collapsed to the ice during a stoppage of play. After finding out their teammate had regained consciousness at a local hospital, the Thrashers went out and thrashed the high-powered Capitals 4-2 for their comrade. (Ed. note:  These appear to be the notes for the Thrashers at #20.  If the comments get fixed we'll update here.)
7 http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png All those who thought Caps would have 100 percent penalty killing and 7.7 percent power play success, please report to U.S. military’s psychic training division
2 http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/217757/dash.png The Caps picked up right where they left off, scoring 12 goals in their first three games. Alex Ovechkin is off to a predictably fast start and 22-year-old netminder Michal Neuvirth has been solid. Updated October 14
1E 1E Alex Ovechkin scored an OT goal on Monday night to lift the Caps over the Ottawa Senators. Of course he did.
1 1 Coach Bruce Boudreau is so upset at losing the season opener he had a video meeting with the players prior to Game 2. Talk about feeling the pressure early.

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