- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Don’t think for a second that having four months off will be a detriment for Alex Ovechkin.

In the Washington Capitals’ first semi-competitive hockey since March, Ovechkin scored two goals in a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The game was the Capitals’ lone exhibition game of the NHL restart; their seeding round robin begins Monday when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ovechkin’s first tally came on a first-period power play, assisted by T.J. Oshie and Dmitry Orlov. Watch Ovechkin roof this shot from behind the left circle:

Ovechkin also assisted an Evgeny Kuznetsov goal that period, and Washington led 2-1.

In the second period, the captain extended the lead off a quick pass in front of the crease from Tom Wilson, and the Capitals would hold on from there.

One concern: Defenseman John Carlson left the game midway through the third period and did not return after getting tied up with a Hurricanes player and ramming into the boards.

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