The Washington Capitals have taken a 2-0 series lead over the Carolina Hurricanes with a big overtime win in a wild game on a lovely Saturday afternoon.
Once again, goal scoring started off the stick of Nicklas Backstrom, who got a tasty feed from Ovechkin on a rush attack. TJ Oshie made it 2-0 with another rush goal and some terrific puck movement with him, Kuznetsov, and Niskanen. Lucas Wallmark got a weird one later in the period that Washington unsuccessfully challenged for goalie interference.
A chaotic second period found the Hurricanes tying the game with an odd goal from Sebastian Aho, taking a rebound off the boards and net-back to beat Holtby along the post.
Tom Wilson got wristshot past Mrazek halfway through the third period, restoring Washington’s lead. Dougie Hamilton scored with a nifty wristshot on the power play with five minutes remaining to tie the score again. That took us to sudden-victory overtime, where two-time Stanley Cup champion was the hero!
Caps win 4-3. Caps lead the series 2-0.
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What a great finish. Borpik, baby!
At this point last year, the Caps were down two games to none, hitting the road while staring down the barrel of a mortifying first-round defeat. It didn’t exactly turn out that way, but it’s a good reminder that outcomes aren’t certain until the thing is over.
From here we go to Raleigh, where they do barbecue sauce right, and I will hear no debate on this matter.
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