August 10, 2022

Caps Quick Take: Game 1 v. Blackhawks

After every game this season, in addition to our game story District Sports Page will give you five quick takes right after the final horn. Tonight, the Caps went into Chicago on opening night, watched the Blackhawks raise their banners and succumbed to the defending champs 6-4. It was an entertaining game, but the Caps weaknesses — namely the defense — was evident to all who watched.

1) Backstrom to Grabovski to Ovechkin on the power play. Has a nice ring to it, eh? Grabbo in his debut with a solid goal and two tips for a hat trick. Nit a bad way to endear yourself to your teammates.

2) Despite three earlier power play goals, the Caps couldn’t get one with a 1:38 two-man advantage. Pretty much sealed their fate at that point.

3) On Chicago’s second period power play goal, Eric Fehr got sucked in too deep in the box, and when Marian Hossa was able to get the puck through, Brent Seabrook was able to walk right in and get a clean shot off. He’ll get coached up on that.

4) The big concerns about the bottom three defense are very much still there after one game. Connor Carrick had some good moments, but looked lost an equal number of times and took a penalty. Jack Hillen was invisible, so is that good? John Erskine is just slow, and was burned by Brendan Saad badly for Chicago’s tiebreaker in the third.

5) Marcus Johansson was a passenger tonight. He lazily waved his stick at a puck intended for him in the neutral zone instead of going to get it and it went back the other way for a Chicago scoring chance. Later in the period, be made a bad backward pass that ended up in a two-on-one. This is a critical year for him and he didn’t get off to a very good start.


About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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