Something seems a little weird about making a statement in October, but that's probably the best phrase to use when describing the Washington Capitals' victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Two days after demolishing the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, the Capitals did one better against the lone other undefeated team in the NHL. Mike Green had two goals and two assists and Mathieu Perreault added two goals of his own as the Capitals routed Detroit, 7-1.
The Capitals struck first with two goals within 61 seconds in the first period. First, Green scored on a power-play goal, then Marcus Johansson converted on a Red Wings turnover. The Capitals added another goal early in the second period, a goal in the closing seconds of the second period and three more in the third period. Detroit actually outshot the Capitals, but could not make the most of their opportunities as Tomas Vokoun was outstanding.
At 7-0-0, the Capitals are now the lone remaining undefeated team, having topped one of their top challengers in the East and the best team thus far in the West in successive games. The Red Wings were tired from playing on Friday and played their backup goalie, but this was still quite a statement from the Capitals.
Stay tuned for more updates about Saturday's game in this StoryStream. Remember to visit Japers' Rink and SB Nation D.C. for complete Capitals coverage. Winging It In Motown and SB Nation Detroit offer the perspective from the Red Wings' side.