Yeah: The Caps got mudstomped.
It started bad. Cedric Pacqutte scored on the very first shift. It got worse. Ondrej Palat added another nine minutes later, a high-slot wrister. Then it got terribad. Ryan Callahan scored early in the second period. The Caps powered through, cracking the shutout when Evgeny Kuznetsov deflected Matt Niskanen’s shot. With an extra man and 100 seconds left, Alex Ovechkin got a slapshot through to narrow the gap, but it wasn’t enough.
Bolts beat Caps 3-2. Bolts lead the series 3-2.
Steven Stamkos dumps Dmitry Orlov, Ondrej Palat scores. 2-0 Bolts. pic.twitter.com/alRDzfdLOa
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) May 19, 2018
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) May 20, 2018
Feeling of the night
Game Six, Monday in DC, will be an elimination game for the Caps. A loss would mean a reverse sweep. If the team that played and lost Game Five is truly who this team is, then the reverse sweep would be an act of mercy.
But I don’t think the Caps we saw tonight were anything remotely near an accurate representation of who this team is. This was certainly a failure, but it doesn’t have to be a damning one. If they can play like they did in Games One through Four – and get just a scintilla of luck, the Caps can still make the Cup Final.
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