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It's not the first time we've said "it wasn't pretty, but it didn't have to be"... and let's face it, it probably won't be the last. Regardless, an ugly win still counts as a win in the standings, and that's what matters. Thanks to an early goal by Jay Beagle, and a late goal by Eric Fehr, the Caps kicked off their road trip with a 2-1 victory on enemy ice in Raleigh.
Look for our full recap later, but first, Thursday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: The fourth line. The trio of Jason Chimera, Jay Beagle and Michael Latta was the Caps' best line all night, generating energy, scoring chances and one of the team's two goals on the night. Together they put seven shots on or towards the net along with a combined seven hits, and put their stamp on a hard-fought win for the Caps.
- Minus: This. Come on... there was no way Alexander Semin, perched on the edge of 500 career points and without a goal this season, was going to leave the building tonight without scoring on his former 'mates. You just knew it was going to happen, and happen it did. Hell of a goal, though.
And now, this...