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Capitals start season with power

Sunday - 10/9/2011, 2:34pm  ET

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Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, right, celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, and Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Jonathan Warner, wtop.com

The roaring sea of red is back at Verizon Center, and for at least one game, so is the power play.

The Caps scored two with a man advantage, including the game-winner as they opened the season with a 4-3 win over Carolina.

The Caps had one of the top power-play units in the league for two-straight seasons before inexplicably losing its effectiveness in the playoffs against Montreal in 2010 and then have that carry through all of last year.

Should they get that unit clicking again, the goals and the fun should come in bunches.

The Caps may have something that coach Bruce Boudreau has been seeking -- balanced scoring.

Against the Hurricanes, they got goals from their second and third lines and defense.

Just wait till the top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Knuble get on the scoresheet.

It was good to see Mike Green light the lamp in OT. He had just eight goals in an injury-filled 2010-2011 after scoring 50 combined the previous two seasons.

I like the line combinations and defensive pairings. It appears Boudreau does as well. If that's the case, he may not get to mix the lines up as he likes to do.

Instead, he'll just have to enjoy the offensive show.

Nothing wrong with that.

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