The Washington Times - October 23, 2011, 01:26PM

Speaking generally about the Capitals’ 7-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, Bruce Boudreau agreed with the notion that not in his wildest dreams could he have imagined that lopsided of a score.

No, and the score was definitely not a 7-1 game,” the Caps’ coach said. “I’m sitting behind the bench going, ‘That is one fantastic team.’ ”

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Boudreau added that, because of Detroit’s scary power play, it “could very have been 3-3 in a heartbeat.”

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun (32 saves on 33 shots) agreed.

It wasn’t 7-1 game. At the end we kind of scored a couple,” he said. “We have so much skill. Once it kind of pours on, it pours on. Saying that, the game could’ve been easily 3-3 in the second period.”

But, the point is, it wasn’t. And while maybe 7-1 was more indicative of what Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall called a third-period “disaster,” this was not a close game.

This was a pasting.

This was a dominant Caps team getting a couple good bounces and knocking out an opponent playing its backup goalie – Ty Conklin, who allowed seven goals on just 25 shots.

I found a lot of ways we were really good,” Conklin said. “[But] the difference was in goal.”

Boudreau said the same – that Vokoun was just better than Conklin. But the difference was more than that. The difference was, while both teams committed some ill-advised penalties, the Caps cashed in twice on the power play, while the Red Wings managed to score only once on two five-on-threes.

I think once they killed that second five-on-three, they got a little bit of confidence,” Boudreau said, adding that maybe a younger team doesn’t excel in that situation.

But the Caps did, and then they skated all over the Red Wings to break the game open. It finished 7-1, and Detroit coach Mike Babcock wasn’t explaining how it wasn’t really a six-goal game.

Because it was.

Coulda, woulda, shoulda – 7-1,” Babcock said. “When you wake up tomorrow it’s 7-1.”