Capitals Drop Preseason Home Opener in New-Look Capital One Arena

The Washington Capitals continued their preseason on Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins, the same team they took on Sunday afternoon to open the exhibition slate as well as the team they will begin the regular season against on October 3rd at Capital One Arena. They once again fell to the Bruins, this time by a final of 5-2. The big story, however, wasn’t what took place on the ice but the new-look arena off the ice. FiCP was there and got a first look at the renovations. 

Around the Lower Bowl

The lower bowl did not have all their cupholders on the seats in the 100 level but thankfully those with seats the 400’s won’t have that problem. Additionally, the cupholders in the upper deck had bottoms. One spectator in section 102 pointed out on Twitter that there were cup holders over there.

On the concourse, there was still several concession stands and areas under construction but there was just enough food stands open to cater to the nearly 15,000 Caps fans that attended the preseason opener.

The team store also sported a new look with some new floors and more spread out merchandise. Some great Stanley Cup championship gear is still on sale!

The most glaring change around the Arena is the seats. Gone are the blueish/purple and in are black seats. The seats are improved. The width is wider and the cushioning is far more comfortable. This is a big upgrade. The sound was also more clearer downstairs. Our report from the 400 level had positive things to say about it.

The Game!

As for the action on the ice, the Capitals fell to the Bruins once again by a final of 5-2. Riley Barber and Matt Niskanen provided the lone goals for the Capitals. Washington converted on just one of nine power play chances.

This game also saw the debut of exciting prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjallby. Paired on the top line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie, Jonsson-Fjallby registered a shot on goal, laid out two hits and blocked a shot in 12:12. Not too shabby.

Fans were also treated to a fight. Connor Hobbs dropped the gloves with Tanner Pond in the early part of the second period. Liam O’Brien also fought Mark McNeill later in the middle stanza.

Braden Holtby and Ilya Samsonov each allowed two goals but don’t freak out fans it’s only preseason! Holtby stopped six shots while Samsonov had nine saves.

Even though this wasn’t the result we all wanted, we had a blast taking in a hockey game for the first time since June! The Capitals continue their preseason Thursday night in Montreal. Two weeks from tonight the games will count and we raise our Stanley Cup championship banner to the rafters!

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