It was a banner night (literally) Wednesday as the Washington Capitals burst onto the 2018-19 hockey scene defeating the Boston Bruins 7-0. 

It began as a day in the city of Washington where the Stanley Cup itself was seen touring around dazzling fans and ended with the coveted piece of hardware sitting rinkside inside Capital One Arena as the defending champions took care of business in convincing fashion. 

In doing so, several milestones and statistics were reached: 

  • Alex Ovechkin scored his 10th goal in a season-opening game to move into a tie with Patrick Marleau for the most among active players, per NHL Public Relations
  • Ovi's goal marks career No. 608 for the veteran, which ties Dino Ciccarelli for 18th all-time. 
  • The 7-0 final score marks the largest shutout victory by a defending Stanley Cup champion in a season opener. 
  • The Capitals held a 6-0 lead in a game for the first time since Jan. 23, 2017 against the Hurricanes (6-1 final). 
  • Washington has won its last 13 contests against Boston. The Bruins' last win against the Caps came in March of the 2013-14 season. 
  • The Capitals scored 1:47 into their first game of the season. That is the second-fastest pair of goals to start a season-opener in NHL history. The Kings scored two goals over the first 1:34 of their season opener against the Stars in 2005-06, per Elias Sports.

Washington travels to Pittsburgh for a 7 p.m. showdown Thursday night