Statement game? That was the theme on CSN, but we're six games into the season (seven for the Capitals), so let's not get too crazy. But the Washington Capitals definitely gave their fans something to be excited about, improving to 7-0-0 on the young season with a lopsided 7-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, who were on their second night of a back-to-back.
Leading 4-1 heading into the third period, the Capitals added three more goals over the course of the final 20 minutes, outshooting the Red Wings for the first time all night, 11-to-7.
In all, the Red Wings outshot the Capitals 33-to-25, but their back up goaltender Ty Conklin was only able to stop 18 of the 25 pucks he faced. Three of the Capitals goals came while Kindl and Ericsson were on the ice.
Mike Green led the way for the Capitals with four points, two goals and two assists. Kronwall scored the lone goal for the Red Wings in the second period.
Detroit plays again on Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.