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Welcome back Travis Boyd.

Boyd made his season debut Monday after a lower-body injury suffered in the preseason forced him to miss the first 12 games of the season. It didn’t take long for him to show exactly what the team was missing in his absence.

Boyd, who had only one career point heading into Monday’s game, recorded two assists in just the first period.

Less than three minutes in, Boyd drove the puck hard on net, forcing a save from Oilers goalie Cam Talbot. The rebound was collected by Devante Smith-Pelly and fed to Jakub Vrana who scored. Boyd was given a secondary assist on the goal.

Three minutes later, Boyd pounced on a puck in the slot and fed it back to Smith-Pelly who netted his second goal of the season.

The fourth line was a new-look line for Monday’s game. Not only was Boyd in at center, but Vrana was moved down from the top line after a rough performance in Saturday’s game against the Dallas Stars.

The Vrana, Boyd, Smith-Pelly trio seemed to find instant chemistry giving the Caps the early 2-0 lead.

Boyd was in a competition with Nic Dowd for the fourth-line center role heading into the season and looked like he had definitely earned a spot on the NHL roster before the injury sidelined him for a month. It certainly looks like he picked up right where he left off.

Boyd’s two assists now give him three career NHL points, thus tripling his career total.

Not bad for just one period.

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