When was the last time you saw the Washington Capitals convert a two-man advantage?
No, seriously, when was it? We don’t know how to look that up. Please tell us.
Well, anyway, John Carlson just scored on a five-on-three, and it was very pretty, and it was good for the hockey game?
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 18, 2018
Before we get to John Carlson, we need to talk about Jakub Vrana. Vrana, who did not play in Game Two, drew two penalties to put the Caps up by two men late in the second period.
The first was on Brandon Dubinsky.
The second was on Ryan Murray.
Both penalties were slashes.
The Caps got to work on the two-man advantage. They had some trouble with tape-to-tape passes for a while, but then it clicked.
Nicklas Backstrom held the puck below the faceoff circle, evaluating his options. Then, suddenly, he saw it. Backstrom made a dart of a pass to John Carlson near the Ovi Spot.
Carlson was already loaded up. He released a one-timer, and Bobrovsky didn’t stand a chance.
It’s Carlson’s first goal of the series – and his seventh point in three games. He’s an unrestricted free agent this summer, but for now, the Caps have the lead, and that’s all that matters.
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