The hero of game seven. Or, one of them.
Game seven. Gay sev. The most Caps of Caps hockey. Will they lose in a teeth-gnasher or will they lose in a blowout?
THEY WILL DO NEITHER, GOOD SIR. THEY WILL DO NEITHER.
We were nearly forty minutes into a scoreless (and penalty-free) game when Brooks Orpik took a slapper from the blue line. Jaroslav Halak had the shot covered, but Joel Ward was all up on him. A couple vicious taps to a sensitive region and a slow trickle followed: 1-0 Capitals.
The Isles owned the puck early in the third. Frans Nielsen entered the zone and cut to the middle, putting a sneaky shot on Braden Holtby that went five-hole. Tie game with 17 minutes left.
Ten minutes later, Evgeny Kuznetsov was jokes. He moved laterally across the crease, undressing Halak and splaying him on his side. From no angle, Kuzy hit the back of the net.
The Washington Capitals have defeated the New York Islanders.
— Joe C (@j_canales87) April 28, 2015
Joe B suit of the night
So much for the damning history of the Capitals in games seven. The past is not destiny. It’s hardly even prologue. It’s just some stuff that happened before the stuff that matters. What matters tonight: the Washington Capitals played an exemplary hour of hockey to slay one of the best teams in the league. There was no first-round match-up as tough as the one the Capitals pulled, but Barry and the boys bested them decisively.
Farewell, New York Islanders. You’re a damn good team, and you’ll get even better. It was a long series. It was a tough series.
Next up: the New York Rangers, but first:
IS PARTY NOW!
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