Alex Ovechkin has played in six Stanley Cup Playoffs series during his NHL career, but Thursday night’s game against the Boston Bruins marks the first time he’ll appear in a Game 1 on the road.
The Washington Capitals’ string of four consecutive Southeast Division titles was snipped in this tumultuous regular season, as they conceded that banner to the Florida Panthers and rallied for the No. 7 seed in the East.
Ovechkin had a rally of his own that coincided with — one could argue initiated — the Capitals qualifying for the playoffs. He had 16 points in his last 19 games, including 12 goals.