Thanks to goals from Sergei Fedorov, Alexandre Giroux and an empty-netter from Eric Fehr, Group ‘B’ defeated Group ‘C’by a 3-1 margin in the first game of the Gaetan Duchesne Cup. Tomas Fleischmann netted the lone goal for Group ‘C.’
Fleischmann was one of the standouts of the scrimmage. He played on a line with Michael Nylander and Chris Clark, who reported no troubles with his groin. Fedorov and Alexander Semin, save for a couple of turnovers, had some nice chemsitry working on a line with Brooks Laich. Mike Green had one bad turnover, but otherwise was a dominant player. His backhanded, no-look pass from the left wall to an unsuspecting Brett Leffler in the slot was one of the better individual plays of the day.
Now, for the guys who weren’t expected to be the best players on the ice — defenseman John Carlson looked very solid, a pretty nice feat for an 18-year-old defenseman. Fehr looked much quicker and more involved (more on him in tomorrow’s paper). Goalie Braden Holtby made a couple of quality saves.
All in all, it was a pretty crisp scrimmage. It started a little slow, but the action picked up. There was no Alex Oveckin and no Nicklas Backstrom, and the Caps’ newfound depth at forward was on display.
Group ‘A’ will look to eliminate Group ‘C’ from the competition tomorrow at noon.