- The Washington Times - Friday, September 19, 2008


Well, that was a nice way to end rookie camp.

There were plenty of standouts Thursday as prospects from the Washington Capitals blasted a group of Philadelphia Flyers rookies 7-0 in front of a packed house at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Travis Morin had two goals and an assist, and Mathieu Perreault recorded a goal and an assist in the rout. Washington scored its first four goals on the power play in the penalty-filled affair.

Morin’s first goal was a nifty individual play during a four-on-three, and Perreault hit Francois Bouchard with a cross-ice feed for an easy one-timer. Defenseman Josh Godfrey, known for his powerful shot, showed deft touch quarterbacking the power play with his passing.

There were also three fights as the physical play ratcheted up when the contest turned into a blowout. Defensemen Viktor Dovgan and John Carlson and power forward Oskar Osala dropped the gloves for the Caps.

Washington played all three goaltenders (Simeon Varlamov, Braden Holtby and Michael Neuvirth) a period each. None were heavily pressured as the Caps dominated possession of the puck and racked up a large advantage in shots on net, but Varlamov thwarted a breakaway, and Neuvirth made a couple of nice saves late when the Flyers were trying to avoid a shutout.

- Corey Masisak

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