Thursday's National Hockey League roundup: Capitals get title defense off to good start

Alex Ovechkin knocks out Andrei Svechnikov in brutal fight	 	 
 		 
 
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Alex Ovechkin knocks out Andrei Svechnikov in brutal fight By Ian Oland  0 Comment

Now they will try to maintain their home-ice advantage by completing the two-game sweep at Capital One Arena. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing four goals per game and are killing 50 percent of their opponents power plays. A loose puck got knocked around in front of the Carolina goal, bounced over to him, and he shot it past Mrazek.

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin celebrates his goal with the bench during the first period of Game 1 against the Carolina Hurricanes, on April 11, 2019, in Washington.

The Blue Jackets were the sixth National Hockey League team to comeback from being down at least three goals to beat a No. 1 seed in a postseason game.

It definitely won't be easy against a Washington side that went 24-11-6 on home ice this season.

The Capitals are 4-0 in their last four games as a favorite.

In Calgary, Alberta, Nathan MacKinnon scored 8:27 into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche tied their first-round series with the Flames at a game apiece. The 19-year-old scored twice, powering past John Carlson on one and firing in an Ovie-like one-timer on the other.

Trailing 3-0 after two periods, victim to two successfully executed Washington power plays, the Hurricanes dug a hole too deep to climb out of, despite back-to-back goals in the third period from rookie forward Andrei Svechnikov.

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President Donald Trump delivers remarks during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, April 12, 2019, in Washington. A poll released last week found that just 17 percent of Americans said they paid less under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The Canes will also need their veteran forwards to step up after failing to find the back of the net in Game 1. Veterans Justin Williams and Jordan Staal have more postseason experience than the rest of the roster combined, but one could argue that the Hurricanes were more consistent over the full 60 minutes of Thursday's opener than were the defending champs.

Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes with 83 total points, scoring 30 goals and registering 53 assists. The question is can those numbers lead to a win. We've seen them; they're a well-coached team that has discipline in terms of how they do things systematically, so we knew that they were going to be down aggressively on the forecheck with their defense pinching down often.

The Capitals did just enough to survive a Game 1 win over Carolina.

That's great, but if you're going to beat the Caps you probably need to make their thin D pay every time they go back to get the puck.

The Capitals struggled on offense early, as Carolina slowed them through the neutral zone, but that eventually changed. "One of the biggest positives is that we've got a group in here that can play". He fired a long shot over the glove of goalie Petr Mrazek to give Washington a 1-0 lead.

Carolina outplayed Washington in Game 1, but were done in by a couple power play goals and a rough first period that can partly be chocked up to jitters for a franchise playing in its first postseason game in a decade.

The Capitals certainly haven't stopped smiling since lifting the Cup.

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