Playoff hockey was back in DC Thursday when the Washington Capitals hosted Game One of their first-round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Caps fans filled Verizon Center with their red glow sticks as the teams took the ice. It was a slow start for the Caps, falling to a two-nothing deficit early. The fans were falling out of the hype until Justin Williams put two away by the end of the second period. When the game clock went down to overtime, fans started to get antsy for the first full overtime period of the postseason.
They didn’t have to wait long as Tom Wilson got one past Frederik Andersen and the place erupted. Seeing the team jump into the glass the fans hold up is the best part of playoff hockey. Everything means so much more, and the team shares every moment with the city that supports it.
I tend to experiment in my photos during the postseason and I really wanted to focus on the fan perspective and atmosphere for this game. I hope you feel like you were there to see it yourself!