The pain of the playoffs usually goes like this: the Caps are dominating play but can’t crack the goalie. They do everything right, but they just can’t hit the back of the net.
Game Two was the exact freaking opposite. The Caps were on their heels from the drop, but Flyers goalie Steve Mason wasn’t exactly Halak-like in his crease work. A trio of goals in the first forty made this a solid win, and that curious reversal of fortunes made Saturday night actually kind of pleasant and fun. That’s not the Caps playoff hockey I know, but I could get used to it.
John Carlson scored first, using patience and a couple screens to crack Steve Mason. And crack he did. Mason next allowed a high-fiber softy from Jason Chimera early in the second period. Jakub Voracek narrowed the score by seizing on a loose puck, but Alex Ovechkin got an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot before the second intermission to make it 3-1.
With two minutes and change left in the third, Nick Backstrom got himself on the ledger, zipping a
glove stick-side goal on poor Steve Mason. Locker called it “icing on the cake,” which reminds me– we should eat some cake!
Caps beat Flyers 4-1! Caps lead the series 2-0!
Tonight marks the first time the #Caps have scored two power-play goals in a playoff game since April 26, 2009 at NY Rangers.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) April 17, 2016
Joe B suit of the night
Braden Holtby isn’t a wall; he’s the goddamn wonderwall. Facing a daunting volume of shots, Holtby was beyond good. He was sublime. He was transcendental.
He was also what we have come to expect from our franchise goalie. We are so spoiled. It’s the best. He’s the best.
Forty-two Flyers shots, bunches of them from high-danger zones, and all but one of them saved. With a mortal goalie, this was a very lose-able game. With Holtby, it’s a lock.
The Capitals take a 2-0 series lead to Philadelphia. How will the Flyers respond? Will we see Michal Neuvirth in net? Will I drink a tall glass of scotch now? I know the answer to just one of those questions.
CRASH THE NET!
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