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Capitals open Stanley Cup defense with 7-0 rout of Bruins

From banner to blowout, the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup defense is off to a rousing start.

After watching the franchise's first Cup banner ascend to the rafters, the Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals scored two goals in the first two minutes on the way to a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. T.J. Oshie opened the scoring 24 seconds in and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the first of his two goals at 1:47 to give Washington the fastest first two goals by a defending champion in a season opener in NHL history.

"We scored right away," Ovechkin said. "After that, they were kind of in shock."

By midway through the second period, the...