Whatever the Washington Capitals needed to do after two tough road losses, they sure did it. High-energy and high-scoring, the Caps blazed their way to an early lead and added to it whenever they felt like it. It was a beautiful thing.
Nicklas Backstrom kicked things off right with a power-play goal, his third game-opening goal of the postseason. The second period was all Carolina, except for the goal-scoring part, which was all Caps: with Nicky getting his second of the game, and then Alex Ovechkin setting up Brett Connolly for a big goal to make it 3-0 after forty minutes.
Tom Wilson got a dirty goal on a power play early in the third period to make it a blowout. Then Nic Dowd big-brained Petr Mrazek on a penalty shot, then Alex Ovechkin got a power-play goal on a set play.
Caps win! Caps lead the series 3-2.
Turn it up. Nothing is forbidden anymore.
— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) April 21, 2019
when the whole gang is here pic.twitter.com/dXOm6WM5S4
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) April 21, 2019
Because of a travesty in NBC Sports programming, there was no Joe B at this game, so please accept this pic of Bob and some handsome boys.
Braden Holtby, my all-time favorite Caps player, has recorded his fourth shutout of the season and his first playoffs shutout since the back-to-back ones that eliminated Tampa in May of 2018. Holtby was in peak form on Saturday night – restrained in movement, but quick when he needed to be. The defense in front of him was damn good too, but Holtby was flawless. Literally.
Monday. 7 PM. Raleigh. Washington will have the chance to end Carolina’s season. The Canes will be the ones wearing black, dressed like they’re going to a funeral.
Headline photo: Patrick McDermott
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