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.

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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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