The Washington Capitals called their shot. They said they’d play their best game and they did just that, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs on the road in Game Four, tying the series.
What a first period. TJ Oshie cleaned up a rebound to kick it off, and Alex Ovechkin checked in from the Ovi Spot. Zach Hyman returned fire with a deflection, but then Tom Wilson scored two (2) goals to give the Caps a 4-1 lead.
JVR narrowed that lead in the second with yet another deflection on the power play. Nate Schmidt scored in the third but it was (unwisely) waved off, so Auston Matthews’ fortunate tip-in made it a one-goal game with eight minutes to go. Don’t fret, though, TJ BailamOshie exploited a breakdown to undress Andersen. Tyler Bozak made it interesting with a late goal with an empty net, but the Caps won it.
Caps beat Leafs 5-4! The series is tied at 2.
Y’all, we will discuss the game in a second, but first, let’s enjoy the hell out of some loffs Bailamos! Turn it up.
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Goalie interference rule > NFL catch rule > immaculate conception
— Strombone (@strombone1) April 20, 2017
Joe B suit of the night
Whatever I was sick with, the Caps have cured it. They come having tied the series, but more importantly having exorcised their demons. The players didn’t choke and the coach didn’t get outcoached. This was damn fine outing by the sport’s best team.
This was a damn fine example of the sport overall. Put aside that waved-off goal and Babcock’s mischief with icings, we got a good exhibition here. Fast, high-event hockey. Lots of big saves and lots of good goals. A grinder named Tom became a playoff legend, a gray-haired giant called Ovi cemented his legacy, a person named Timothy Leif who inexplicably goes by TJ does what he has done all season: score and score again.
But Nate’s goal shoulda counted.
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