The Washington Capitals took an early lead in Game Five, possibly their last game of the season, on the strength of a brilliant breakaway goal from Jakub Vrana.
“Finally!,” a million Caps fans cheer in relief.
Deryk Engelland missed the net with a wristshot, resulting in a wild bounce that the Caps recovered. Evgeny Kuznetsov served the puck to Tom Wilson, who found Jakub Vrana at the blue line ready for a rush.
Vrana darted to the net and released a wristshot to beat Marc-Andre Fleury high.
The Capitals take the lead 1-0. It’s Vrana’s third goal of the playoffs and his first in 12 games, a span during which he took 28 shots without reward.
The smile on his face tells me the wait was worth it.