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.