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Caps Defeat Jets in Kraft Hockeyville

The Caps and the Jets took to the big ice in Belleville, Ontario for Kraft Hockeyville with a mix of both teams' stars and a few youngsters vying for jobs.  

Alex Ovechkin made the trip for the Caps - and even stayed in the game after being bloodied by a high stick that snuck up under his visor. The score after regulation was 3-3, including 2 goals from the Jets Evander Kane, teamed up for the first time with prospect Mark Scheifele and the newly acquired Devin Setoguchi - who figure to make up the Jets second line this season. The Jets brass in attendance are likely hoping that it's a sign of things to come as they prepare to make the move into the Western Conference.

Overtime decided nothing, and after the goaltenders stimied both teams offensive stars, it was defenceman Mike Green who ended it for the Caps in extra shots for the 4-3 win. 

An interesting side note is that the Capitals trip to Canada meant the first time that their newly acquired second line centre Mikhail Grabovski has been able to meet with his new teammates. 'Grabo' has been held up in Toronto and has been unable to take part in training camp due to the need for a Visa. Unfortunately for the Belarusian, he won't be able to get on the plane with his teammates when they head back to Washington, either, but he is expecting a meeting with U.S. consular officials shortly. The Caps may need him all the more, after Brooks Laich re-injured himself suffering what he described as a flare up of last season's hip injury in the team's first practice.

The game also featured a number of OHL Belleiville Bulls alumni who spoke about returning for the game.

It's great to have hockey back, and great for the fans in Belleville to see these NHL stars in a hard fought game.

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Red Winger's avatar

The one thing I noticed last night was the shallow nets. Wrap-arounds are going to be much easier to score this year, so much so I can see a new rule in place in the NHL in a few years: a players entire body must be across the goal / icing line in order for a goal to count.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/15/13 at 05:53 AM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Good lateral movement will definitely be important for goaltenders going forward, and it will be simultaneously more difficult and more tempting to ‘cheat’ off the posts when players start working behind them.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 09/16/13 at 12:08 PM ET

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