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The Washington Capitals got the pageantry of winning the Stanley Cup — the banner-raising Chicago Blackhawks Hoodies Authentic , one last celebration with their fans — out of their system Wednesday when they opened the 2018-19 season, although a 7-0 win over the visiting Boston Bruins might have seemed like another chapter to the same party.“That’s a huge day for us,” Evgeny Kuznetzov, who had two goals, told NBCSN. “Our fans waited a long time to have a night like that.”Now comes perhaps a dose of reality. The Capitals play on the road on the second of back-to-back nights against a longtime rival that didn’t have to play Wednesday and is champing at the bit to greet them.Article continues below ...“The games are already pretty tense, and this game is going to be no different. It’s going to be a fun one to play in,” Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin said after his team practiced Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena, site of the showdown with the Capitals Thursday night. “Even though it’s just a regular-season game, I think the stakes are high.”Dumoulin seems probable to play after recovering from an upper-body injury late in the preseason.The Penguins and Capitals have been division rivals for decades. Pittsburgh had made a habit of beating Washington in the playoffs en route to winning the Cup. Washington flipped the script in the second round last spring and ousted the two-time defending Cup champions along the way to their first title.That left the Capitals thirsty for more.“As soon as you win the Cup, you don’t want to lose that feeling Chicago Blackhawks Hats Authentic ,” Washington captain Alex Ovechkin told the Washington Post. “You want to win more than one. As soon as you taste it, it’s kind of like a really good restaurant. You go there once, and you want to come back more than once because it’s great.”The Capitals will be without winger Tom Wilson, who was issued a 20-game suspension by the NHL Wednesday for a hit he delivered in a preseason game.Wilson was suspended three games during the playoff series with Pittsburgh last spring for delivering a hit that left Zach Aston-Reese with a broken jaw and a concussion.Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby was critical of Wilson before the length of the latest suspension was known.“He still chooses to make those hits,” Crosby said. “I’m sure the league’s well aware of that. It’s not the first time we’re talking about a hit that he made. … For whatever reason, he still decides to do that.“I just don’t know how many opportunities you need, you know? So, obviously, the point hasn’t been made yet.”Perhaps anticipating Wilson’s absence, the Capitals Tuesday claimed winger Dmitrij Jaskin off waivers from St. Louis Custom Chicago Blackhawks Jerseys , and he could make his Washington debut against the Penguins. Defenseman Michal Kempny is out because of a concussion.The Wilson suspension aside, both teams returned for the 2018-19 season largely intact, although Pittsburgh has touted the fact that its players got a longer offseason to rest and recover after two short summers following Cup wins.“I think everyone’s really, really excited,” Dumoulin said of the opening of the season. “You feel the energy throughout the team. I think everyone’s excited to start playing for something again and come together as a team — especially after last year, ending it on a sour note.”While Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray will be fresh, Washington coach Todd Reirden had not decided whether to go with his No. 1 goalie, Braden Holtby, a second night in a row against the Penguins after he picked up his 33rd career shutout Wednesday.“I definitely have spent some time on this one, probably as soon as the schedule came out www.officialavalanche.com ,” Reirden said of the decision. RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have something to build on and they will begin a six-game homestand Saturday night at PNC Arena.The Detroit Red Wings, who will be the opponent, have been building in the right direction for quite some time.The Hurricanes will be home for the first time since Oct. 30, going 1-2-1 in four road games since then.Article continues below ...Carolina won 4-3 on Thursday night at Chicago, something that could be a springboard to a better stretch.“Hopefully we can use that moving forward here and get on a roll,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We’ve been struggling to score so that put the monkey off the backs so to speak,”The Red Wings have won five of their last six games after an overtime victory Friday night against the host New York Rangers.Carolina goalie Scott Darling could be in line for his second home assignment of the season. He picked up his first victory in three outings this season Thursday night.“He was solid, and he looked pretty calm in there,” Brind’Amour said. “Hopefully he moves forward from that and has another good start.”The Hurricanes were outshot for the first time this season in the 4-3 victory at Chicago Colorado Avalanche T-Shirts Authentic , with a 38-34 tally in that game, which snapped a five-game winless stretch for Carolina.“We sat back a little, that’s human nature,” Brind’Amour said. “We felt pretty good about our overall game. … The battle level was really good.”Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said his team can still make upgrades, pointing to special teams as an area that can always become better.“It’s early and it’s a relentless league, so we’d better keep getting better at (special teams),” Blashill said. “A big part of the power play is making big plays.”Red Wings center Dylan Larkin scored the winning goal in overtime Friday night just three nights after he left a game with an ailment. He said he was ready for action and it showed by what he did on the ice.“We’re continuing to find ways to win,” Larkin said. “We’re not getting rattled like we were early in the season … when something bad happens.”Detroit is getting multiple sources of scoring, something that is making it more difficult to prepare for the team.“We’ve had great depth with guys coming in and scoring big goals,” Larkin said.For the Hurricanes Colorado Avalanche Hoodies Authentic , there were some notables from the Chicago game. Defenseman Calvin de Haan’s goal marked his first score as a member of the Hurricanes. Left winger Phil Di Giuseppe, who was in his first game since being recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League, posted his first goal of the season. Center Lucas Wallmark notched two assists for the first multi-point game of his career.Carolina left winger Micheal Ferland, who has a team-high seven goals, became ill during the Chicago game and so he skipped some shifts. Brind’Amour said he doesn’t think it’s a serious situation.Detroit defeated Carolina 3-1 at home on Oct. 22.