Tonight we dance.
Also tonight, we witnessed the emergence of Evgeny Kuznetsov as a Caps playoff legend. Scoring two in a thrilling home-ice win over the Islanders, Kuznetsov is all you’ll talk about on Friday. If someone tries to talk about something else, then you’re done talking to that person.
The Caps surrendered the game’s first goal to Josh Bailey, but don’t worry– the rest of this recap is gonna be a blast.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, the goddamn hero, batted a puck out of mid-air to tie the game, and then Karl Alzner (no seriously) stormed the net to give the Caps the lead after forty. The Caps blew a power play early in the third, but Brooks Laich grabbed a loose puck soon after to make it 3-1.
The flood gates.
In the third, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his second of the night on a breakaway, and then Jason Chimera got a dribbler into the Isles net. And with that, at long last, the Capitals had chased Jaroslav Halak from the net in a playoff game.
Caps beat Islanders 5-1. Caps lead the series 3-2.
Let the rhythm take you over!
Joe B suit of the night
Secondary scoring, hoooooooo! That was one of the most enjoyable Caps games we’ve seen in years. It was definitely the most pleasant, non-pukey Caps playoff game I’ve seen since maybe 2011 or 2012.
We watched the once-haughty Islanders come down to earth and act like pricks. We watched the Caps take the high road and the series lead in a single move. For the first time, there’s daylight between these teams. Thank you, Kuzy!
We got ’em on the ropes. Finish the fight on Saturday.
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