Friday night, the Caps beat the Leafs 2-1 in overtime, taking a 3-2 lead in the series. It was yet another stressful night, with both teams trading chances and with the momentum seeming to swing almost shift to shift. The Leafs can hang.
Highlights included the game winner by Justin Williams on a defensive breakdown and another goal by TJ Oshie to kick off the scoring (he now has seven points in five games). The lowlight was an existentially terrifying hit on Alex Ovechkin by Nazem Kadri, with the big Russian somehow returning mostly unscathed for the second period. Also, Tom Wilson took four penalties (that can’t happen) which the Caps deftly killed, and Auston Matthews potted his third goal of the series.
The final shot attempt tally was 50 to 48 in favor of the Caps (at five-on-five), and scoring chances were 22-23 with the edge to the Leafs. The series could hardly be any closer.