Our top 10 moments of the regular season continues. #8 takes you back to early October, the second Capitals game of the regular season but their first at home at the newly named Capital One Arena. What would Alex Ovechkin do for an encore to his hat trick Opening Night in Ottawa? Score four goals of course! Plus this contest marked the highly anticipated debut of Nathan Walker, who would become the first Australian-born athlete to play in the NHL.
Date: October 7, 2017
Result: Capitals 6, Canadiens 1
Ovechkin picked up where he left off from opening night just 20 seconds into the contest. He pounced on a loose puck, spun around and ripped a vicious shot past Carey Price to put the Capitals up 1-0. 26 seconds later, T.J. Oshie made it 2-0 as he capitalized on a Nicklas Backstrom attempt.
The Caps weren’t done making an immediate impact early on in this game. Ales Hemsky was whistled for slashing at 2:02, putting the Capitals on the power play. It was on the attack where Ovechkin ripped his second goal of the game from, you guessed it, the office. Ovechkin then scored his third goal of the game off a deflection of a shot by Evgeny Kuznetsov. That came at 18:10. Not only did Ovechkin have a hat trick for the second straight game, all three goals occurred in the first period alone!
In the second period, the Canadiens had a shorthanded goal to get on the board. Later on in that middle stanza, there was a scrum in front of the net where Ovechkin tallied his fourth goal of the game.
Then it was the Aussie’s time to shine! Off a quick face-off, a shot from Devante Smith-Pelly deflected off Nathan Walker for his first career NHL goal. How’s that for a historic debut!?
What will #7 be?! Tune in next week to find out!
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