Washington Capitals defeat Boston Bruins, 4-1

When it was over, when the most anticipated Bruins season in recent memory officially had begun, Claude Julien must have been smiling on the inside.

The coach of the Bruins must have concluded his press conference, as he did at the TD Garden last night, knowing that he already possessed all the ammunition he would need over his hockey team.

"I’d be very disappointed if I had to go in there and explain to them what happened,’’ Julien had said – rather succinctly, in fact...

At least there are 81 games remaining, right? Because it can't get much worse than Game No. 1, which saw Brooks Laich and Alex Ovechkin score a pair of goals and the Bruins commit mistake after mistake.

"This will not be the team you're going to see night after night this year," said Claude Julien. "That much I can guarantee."

* Bad goof by Dennis Wideman leading to the too many men call. Julien said Wideman should have chipped the puck out instead of throwing it tow...

It was only one game. And as coach Claude Julien promised, you can throw down a fistful of bucks in Las Vegas that Games 2 through 82 will be far better showings than last night’s 4-1 season-opening thud.

But for the 17,565 fans at TD Garden and the thousands more who tuned in on Versus - albeit not via DirecTV, given the dust-up between the network and the satellite provider - the sight of the Bruins getting rolled like a barrel over Niagara Falls didn’t serve as a ple...

In last season’s playoffs with the Rangers, Derek Morris didn’t see much of Alex Ovechkin. In the first round, New York coach John Tortorella deployed his top shutdown pairing of Marc Staal and Dan Girardi whenever the Washington sniper was on the ice.

Last night, in the Bruins’ 4-1 loss to the Capitals, Morris had a face full of Ovechkin for most of the game.

Morris, the Bruins’ most significant offseason acquisition, opened the 2009-10 season as Zdeno Chara’s partn...