Capitals Knock off Predators 2-1

Posted by Dave Nichols | Sunday, September 26, 2010 | , , | 0 comments »

THE RESULT:  The Washington Capitals went to 2-0 in their pre-season schedule, beating the Natsville Predators 2-1, before 15,218 at Bridgestone Arena.

Mike Green and Jay Beagle scored for the Caps, while Michael Neuvirth stopped 13-of-14 shots, and Dany Sabourin was perfect on 11 shots.

Nicklas Backstrom and Francois Bouchard assisted on Green's first period goal, and Keith Aucoin and Green helped on Beagle's marker.  Aucoin's feed to Beagle was particularly note-worthy, setting up the winger for a one-timer into an open net for the game-winner.

There were two fights in the game:  Steve Pinizzotto mixed it up with Kelsey Wilson and Grant McNeill tussled with tough guy Wade Belak.

Nashville outshot Washington 25-23.

THE GOOD:  The Caps killed all six minor penalties assessed.

THE BAD:  They took six minor penalties, including a poor holding penalty by Matt Hendricks with 41 seconds remaining in a one-goal game.

THE UGLY:  48 shots combined made for a slow pace,and I think we'll see a lot of teams borrow Montreal's strategy of packing it in and counter-punching against the Caps prolific attack this season.  The Laich-Johansson-Fehr line combined for two shots on goal.

NEXT GAME:  The Caps play their first home pre-season game Tuesday night at 7:00 pm against the Boston Bruins.