Brooks Laich is back in town! Oh, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are here, too. There was a lovely in-arena tribute, as you'd absolutely expect.
The Capitals got on the board first (can you believe it?) when Taylor Chorney ripped a wrister past Jonathan Bernier for only his second career goal, and the first SOUNDING OF THE CHORN HORN!!!!
28 seconds later, Nicklas Backstrom flipped a gorgeous backhand saucer pass flat onto the waiting tape of Alex Ovechkin where he blasted home a one-timer for his 41st of the season and a 2-0 lead.
Second period ahead...