Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom teamed up to score the game-winning goal with 67 seconds left on the clock, locking up Game Three for Washington and giving the Caps a 2-1 series lead.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 2, 2018
It was a long hard shift before the goal. All the action was at the other end of the ice, with the Crosby line harrying Holtby’s net for more than a minute before Nick Backstrom secured possession.
From there it was open ice. Backstrom cruised with Kris Letang at his heels. Gassed, Ovechkin managed to crash the net. He needed two taps to beat Matt Murray, the second an aerial swat while Murray was splayed out in the crease.
Here’s a closer look.
Ovechkin had been on the ice for 78 seconds at the moment he recorded his eighth goal of the playoffs. Assist-man Nicklas Backstrom had a three-point night, all three assists, to put him at nine on the postseason.
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