The Capitals rookies did a number on the Flyers rookies in yesterday's match up at the Capitals training facility in Arlington, VA. Not only did they ring up seven goals on the visitors but completely dominated the play allowing no goals against. You could see the difference in skill level of the two teams. The Caps rookies were more polished and had the ability to execute at a higher level. The Flyers did bring their rough game with them. The Caps matched the intensity and played a very physical game. One standout on that point was Viktor Dovgan (pictured). The Russian defensive prospect was hitting anything on skates out there. I think he hit the linesmen as well, just kidding, but he also did one thing I hope the coaching staff is pushing a little more this year. After a scramble for the puck in front of the Caps net, he absolutely drilled the Flyers forward who was digging away at the Capitals goalie. You need a little toughness to go with your skill.
As for the skilled guys, the line of Francois Bouchard - Mathieu Perreault - Steve Pinizzotto hit the mark early and often. The three combined for 3 goals and 3 assists in the game. Perreault had the goal of the game in the third period where he deked through the Flyers defense and finished with authority. Several jock straps dotted the ice in his wake. Travis Morin put in a good effort scoring two goals and an assist. Morin, who played well in South Carolina last year, looks like he wants a promotion. Other Caps scoring included Maxime Lacroix and Justin Taylor with a goal each and John Carlson, Josh Godfrey, Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Dmitry Kugryshev, Joel Broda, and Viktor Dovgan with an assist each.
The Caps used each of their goalies for one period apeice. There is some good competition between them and that will make them all better. While they didn't get tested a whole lot each stood tall and delivered the shut out.
Overall, an excellent start to the new season's competition. The rookies executed well and showed good comitment to the system and philosophy of the coaching staff. It hard not to be even more excited for the season after that performance. So now we get ready for the big boys. The Caps offical training camp opens on Saturday.
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