Had the Caps defeated the Bruins at Verizon Center, it would have capped the best preseason record in team history. Sadly, the team lost 5-4 in a shootout, though I don’t anyone loses any sleep over missing out on the milestone.
Chris Clark, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green and Chris Bourque scored for Washington, but overall the play was a mixed bag. Same goes for Jose Theodore, who several great stops among his 40 saves, but also let in a couple of softies among his four goals allowed.
Some post-game notes:
*Eric Fehr began the game on the top line, but missed a few shifts and didn’t return to the top unit. Fehr said after the game that he missed the shifts because of a chipped skate blade, and that he is fine.
*Milan Jurcina, possibly spurred by playing his former mates or by the threat of not having a full-time spot in the lineup (or both), played his best game since 2006-07. He was a menace along the boards and clearly appeared committed to putting shots on net instead of just chipping it in the corner.
*Chris Bourque was really good again, tipping home a Karl Alzner slapshot to force overtime. He also was a physical force, even crunching Zdeno Chara into the boards near the benches. That kid is fearless, that’s for sure. Still, it is hard to envision a spot for him on the team. If the Caps keep seven defenseman, someone such as Eric Fehr or Boyd Gordon would have to be exposed to waivers, to keep Bourque on the roster.
Sure, keeping him around for a while (even if he isn’t in the lineup consistently) would be a nice reward for a great camp, but the Caps have to worry about the cap so a 15th forward isn’t a likely scenario.
*If Karl Alzner ends up in Hershey, it won’t be because of his play. He had another solid night. Some time in the AHL wouldn’t hurt him, but he’ll be fine without it too.