The Caps are ahead of Philadelphia 1-0 through one period here at Verizon Center. Alex Ovechkin potted his second shorthanded goal of the preseason with 5:00 to play in the period. He faked a slap shot just inside the blue line, than snapped a wrister through ex-Cap defenseman Steve Eminger’s legs and J-S Aubin’s five hole from just above the right circle. It might not work this well in the regular season, but the Caps have played nearly as much offense as defense on four PK chances in the first period.
*It might have been a bit of gamesmanship by Bruce Boudreau, but Sergei Fedorov was announced as the starting center (well, actually left wing but positions are routinely botched with the starting lineups in this building) and he took the opening faceoff before darting for the bench. He spent the rest of the period playing defense, and looked right at home. His cross-ice, bank-off-the-boards outlet pass to spring Brooks Laich was a thing of beauty.
*Chris Bourque took a puck-over-the-glass penalty, but he also generated the best 5-on-5 chance for the Caps in the period. He knocked down a saucer pass from Fedorov, skated into the zone and ripped a slap shot from the top of the circles that Aubin snared with his glove.
*Eminger is getting the “whoop, whoop” treatment. Meh.
*Jose Theodore has only faced three shots, but he’s seen plenty of action in front of his net. The Flyers having four PP chances will do that. Theodore definitely likes to play the puck on clears by the opposing team’s PK more than Olie Kolzig did.