With the Capitals down 5-2 late in the third period, enforcer Tom Wilson looked to give his team energy and send a message to the Penguins.
Instead Wilson would be sent to the showers early.
As the Washington Capitals came out for the third period of Game Two, a new player skated out to defend the net.
Head Coach Barry Trotz benched Braden Holtby, his reigning Vezina Trophy-winner goaltender, in favor of talented backup Philipp Grubauer.
Holtby fumed on the bench.
Tom Wilson required some, um, adjustments on the bench after taking this hit from behind by Penguins defenseman Ian Cole.
Nothing makes sense. The Caps owned this game, but 40-year-old Penguin Matt Cullen scored first, shorthanded.
The Caps kept on keeping on and were immediately rewarded. Matt Niskanen got his first goal of the postseason to tie the game up.
Ahead of Game One Thursday, the Washington Capitals gave out red glow sticks again to all 18,506 fans in attendance. As we noted before, a white oblong piece of foam is not something you’d consider a great collectible, but when used in harmony by a sold-out Verizon Center, the effect is stunning.
Just take a look for yourself.
All season long, Evgeny Kuznetsov has done the FIFA bird walk celebration after big goals.
You guys, this was a HUGE GOAL (for exactly four minutes and 31 seconds).
The Washington Capitals were playing too good not to get back into this one. Down 2-0 to the Penguins after two early goals by Sidney Crosby, the Caps dominated play.
It paid off in a tremendous sequence that we’d like to relive with you right now.
After an uneven first period of Game One against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Washington Caps needed to play better. Instead, they got shivved. Twice.
Hiding the murder weapon both times was number 87, Sidney Crosby.
Early in Game Five, Leafs forward Nazem Kadri clipped Alex Ovechkin in the leg, sending the Ovechkin tumbling to the ice. For a moment fans worried if Ovechkin’s season were over, but the future Hall of Famer returned for the start of the next period, unfazed.
Ovechkin landed a big hit on Jake Gardiner. Later he jabbed Kadri, as if to say, you made a big mistake for messing with me. In Game Six, Ovechkin’s bullying of Kadri concluded as he suplexed and flipped the center late in the second period.
The Washington Capitals are going to round two and there was no one more excited than Dmitry Orlov.
As Marcus Johansson tucked the game-winning biscuit into the back of the net, he was mobbed by his teammates at the far boards. But several excited Capitals lingered on the bench for an extra few seconds. Orlov was one of these people.
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