This series, tight and tense, did not relent at all for Game Five. Not so much of a track meet this time, instead big hits and big whistles dominated the night, a chippy affair in which the Toronto Maple Leafs had the distinct possession edge until the Capitals got their game together in the third.
When Alex Ovechkin got hurt — or so we thought! — in the first period, TJ Oshie enacted revenge with a power play goal. It was nice, but the Caps took no momentum from the first period. They were on their heels in the second, and Auston Matthews got one of those typical Auston Matthews goals to tie it up. The third was agonizing but yielded no goals, pushing us to overtime for the third time this series.
Then, Justin Williams, playoff hero, ended it.
Caps win! Caps lead series 3-2!
Joe B suit of the night
I feel like I have the flu. Playoff hockey can’t be good for you. I’m 85 percent sure my body is shutting down. One-goal playoff games probably kill more people than hippopotamuses, I’m pretty sure.
But that’s the life we chose when we became fans of this silly sport and stupid team. And on a night like tonight, we were rewarded for it.
Headline photo: Robb Carr
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