For the first time this postseason, the Washington Capitals blew a lead, letting the Carolina Hurricanes sneak back into the game and series, forcing Game Seven on Wednesday night. But before we get there, let’s relive this pain together.
Brett Connolly kicked us off with some great moves low along the goal line. Archvillain Warren Foegele struck back, scoring on a spin-o-rama after a Canes power play expired, but Alex Ovechkin restored Washington’s lead with a beautiful wrister to make it 2-1 after 20 minutes.
Sebastian Aho pickpocketed Jonas Siegenthaler early in the second period to force a turnover and tie the game. Then, four minutes into the third period, Jordan Staal outworked Niskanen and Orlov up close to make it 3-2 Canes. Justin Williams added a deflection to make it 4-2 to surprise Holtby. Dougie Hamilton added an empty-netter.
Caps lose. The series is tied 3-3. We’re going to a Game Seven.
Alex Ovechkin's no goal pic.twitter.com/M0u4VaVOX3
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) April 23, 2019
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) April 23, 2019
— GTPete 🌮 Loffs Edition (@peterhassett) April 22, 2019
I suppose we could look at this as the officials making some iffy calls and giving the Hurricanes a break, but that might be too charitable for the Caps’ effort. Just like in Games Three and Four, the Caps got profoundly outplayed on the opponent’s ice.
— GTPete 🌮 Loffs Edition (@peterhassett) April 23, 2019
So once again we’ll pay a visit to our dear friend, Game Seven, with whom our relationship is so close that we now refer to him simply as Gay Sev. It’ll be an elimination game for all three teams: the Carolina Hurricanes and both of the Washington Capitals teams we’ve seen this series. Whether it’s the tenacious, pugnacious, high-scoring Caps we know and love who show up or the meek mice who got whipped all over Raleigh on Monday night will tell us our winner.
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