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Capitals vs. Canadiens QuickCap: Opening Night Loss

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Washington and Montreal skate to a 65-minute tie, followed by a Canadiens shootout win

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The Barry Trotz Era got underway with a perhaps predictably low-scoring affair (get used to 'em) that started with the Caps dominating play and ended with them essentially holding on for dear life (and getting some good fortune) en route to a 2-1 shootout loss. Look for our full recap tomorrow morning, but first, Thursday night's Plus/Minus:

Plus/Minus:

  • Plus: The Caps outshot the Habs 15-2 in the first period, and Andre Burakovsky gave the home team a 1-0 lead with his first NHL goal. If they're going to play more like they did in the first period, it's going to be a good year.
  • Minus: The... power play? Yep. The unit went 0-for-5 (in 6:56) and fired just four shots on goal. Yeah, we're not worried either.

Our First Star:

Burakovsky Goal

Game highlights: