Prediction recap: Ovechkin to the rescue

J.J. Regan
NBC Sports Washington

The Capitals opened their season in Ottawa on Thursday and walked away with a 5-4 shootout win thanks to a late rally from an Alex Ovechkin hat trick.

Here's a recap of the three bold predictions.

1. The Capitals wills core three or more goals - Correct

With no Erik Karlsson and with the typical sloppiness of the first game of the regular season, I had a feeling this would get weird. Washington scored only three goals against the Senators all season last year. Alex Ovechkin managed that by himself on Thursday.


2. We will see three or more slashing penalties - Wrong…barelyrsay

There were two slashes called on the night, but I could not get that last one. The emphasis of cutting down on slashes has contributed to some terrible games in the preseason, but when I needed one on Thursday, that's when they decided to put away the whistles.

3. Alex Ovechkin will score – Correct Correct Correct

Ovechkin scored a hat trick in the third period and it's a good thing because the Caps needed all three of those goals.

2016-17 results: Just like the Caps, I am off to a good start and it also took some late heroics from Ovechkin.

Correct: 2
Wrong: 1
Push: 0

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