Wednesday, October 3, 2018
What Did You Miss Thursday?
--The Washington Capitals raised the Stanley Cup banner and then proceeded to lay a beatdown on the Boston Bruins as the NHL season started. After watching the franchise's first Cup banner ascend to the rafters, the Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals scored two goals in the first two minutes on the way to a 7-0 thrashing of the Bruins. T.J. Oshie opened the scoring 24 seconds in and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the first of his two goals at 1:47 to give Washington the fastest first two goals by a defending champion in a season opener in NHL history.
--The Capitals played the game without Tom Wilson and they will play the next 19 without him as well. Wilson was suspended 20 games for his blind-side head shot to Oskar Sundqvist of the Blues on the weekend. This is the fourth suspension for Wilson in a span of 105 games played – and the second straight season opener he has sat out. He went just 15 games between suspensions after a three-game ban for shattering the jaw of Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese in the second round of last year’s playoff run.
--Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer in the first inning to send the New York Yankees on their way to a 7-2 win over Oakland in the American League wild-card game. It sets up the first Yankees-Red Sox playoff meeting since 2004.
-- The Chicago Cubs expect to make changes after an early playoff exit. Just not in the manager's office. Joe Maddon will return as skipper for a fifth season, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday.Chicago finished 95-68 this season, blowing a five-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central before losing a tiebreaker to the Brewers for the division title at Wrigley Field. Chicago was eliminated by Colorado with a 2-1, 13-inning defeat in the NL wild-card game at home Tuesday.
--The Edmonton Eskimos expect receiver Duke Williams to play Monday against the Riders. The CFL's leading receiver suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday's loss to the Bombers.
--The Kelowna Rockets have been named the host team for the 2020 Memorial Cup presented by KIA. They beat out Lethbridge and Kamloops. This year's Memorial Cup goes in Halifax,
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Capitals don't look like they've skipped a beat. Thought they'd have a Stanley Cup hangover (figuratively and literally), but nope.
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