The Washington Capitals lost TJ Oshie in Game Four to injury, but they got revenge in Game Five.
The Capitals scored six goals in front of their raucous home crowd, shutting out the Carolina Hurricanes 6-0.
Let’s review all the goals.
The first goal came 7:33 into the first period. Backstrom caught a great cross-ice pass from John Carlson to put a one-timer on net. Mrazek made the initial save but couldn’t stop Backstrom’s second attempt.
Tom Wilson recorded a secondary assist. 1-0 Caps.
In the second period, Nicky struck again – his fifth goal of the postseason. After Warren Foegele was jedi-mind-tricked into passing the puck to Ovechkin, the Caps were off to the races. Ovechkin fed Backstrom high in the slot, and once again Backstrom beat Mrazek.
With 3:49 left in the second period, the Capitals scored a goal that was backbreaking for the Canes.
After officials waved off an icing call, Alex Ovechkin was rewarded for winning a battle to the puck below the goal line. Another way to put this is Dougie Hamilton heard a train was coming and got out of the way. Ovechkin saw Connolly cruising in and sets him up for his first goal of the postseason as two Canes look on helplessly.
Filling in for TJ Oshie on the power play, Wilson kept his stick on this ice as Evgeny Kuznetsov forced Mrazek out of the crease. Wilson out-dueled Brett Pesce to earn his second goal of the series.
With a jailbreak pass from Devante Smith-Pelly, Nic Dowd threatened the Canes net all alone. Out of desperation, Canes defender Dougie Hamilton slashed Dowd, giving the Caps their fourth ever playoff penalty shot. Unlike the previous three, Dowd converted it with a couple fakes and five-hole tuck.
And then it was Ovi time. A late-game power play had barely begun. It was a set play, with the centers gaining control after the faceoff and Ovechkin crushing the puck with a one-timer from the high slot. It was so pretty, it looked effortless.
It only took one second to score from puck drop to the back of the net.
And that was the ballgame. What a win.
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