August 16, 2022

Three Stars: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Tonight we are debuting new game night content for DSP. Each Capitals game night, we’ll pick our three stars of the game, and our reasons why. Leave a comment and let us know what you think! Also see game recap and photo gallery.

First Star:

The inaugural first star of the night is Andre Burakovsky.

In front of family, friends, and the home crowd at Verizon Center, he scored his first career NHL goal on his second shot and the first Capitals goal of the 2014-15 season, 125 seconds into his first NHL game. He also rivaled Tomas Hertl “this is dream” levels of adorableness during his 2nd intermission interview with Smokin’ Al Koken. He also had a scoring chance in overtime, and made an appearance in the shootout.

Here’s the goal:


Second Star:

Braden Holtby.

Holtby stopped 23 of 24 MTL shots in regulation and overtime, and made 2 flashy glove saves in the shootout, until Brendan Gallagher sunk one for the Canadiens win. Even if you hate the shootout, it’s worth watching simply for Holtby’s casual glove saves.

Third Star:

Brooks Orpik.

Orpik lowered the boom 6 times during his debut as a Capital, and was cheered heartily by the Verizon Center crowd for the first time in his career, and certainly not the last. It was exactly what was expected of him, and there’s plenty more where that came from, to be sure.



About Katie Brown

Katie Brown is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Capitals. She resides in Arlington, VA, and developed a love for the sport of hockey as a youngster while watching her brothers play. Katie works at a nonprofit organization by day but the rest of her time is devoted to watching, writing, and talking about hockey and perfecting her mean one-timer. She is co-host of Girls Just Wanna Have Puck podcast. You can follow Katie on Twitter @katie_brown47.


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