The Caps could close out the Canes if they can win on the road, but that’s something they’ve not been able to do yet.
This is an open thread for reactions, rage, and revelry. Finish the fight.
The Capitals are back on the road for Game Six against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Caps are up in the series 3-2 and have the chance to close it out tonight. The boys need to stay focused, beat that gosh dang goalie (who had 48 out of 49 saves in Games Three and Four), and basically play exactly like they did on Saturday night. That was magic.
Puck drop is at 7 PM and you can stream the game using the My Teams app. Peter will have the usual perfect recap for you after the game.
The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Sunday morning that they have sent forward Aleksi Saarela back to the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers.
The move may indicate that Andrei Svechnikov, who was injured in a fight with Alex Ovechkin in Game Three, is ready to return.
The Washington Capitals responded to two games of questionable effort in North Carolina with a 6-0 trouncing of the Hurricanes in Game Five. Now, that’s more like it.
The Canes out-shot the Caps 30 to 28.
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.
One more piece of news on a very busy Saturday night. Washington Post columnist Barry Svrluga reports via Twitter that TJ Oshie broke his collarbone in Game Four.
So that’s horrible.
Update, Sunday, 12:30 PM: The Capitals confirm that Oshie fractured his right clavicle and had surgery to repair it.
#Caps forward TJ Oshie underwent a successful surgical procedure on his fractured right clavicle. Oshie is expected to be out indefinitely.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) April 21, 2019
Until Game Five, two things were true:
On Saturday night, Dowd did what Carpenter, Pivonka, and Juneau could not. He scored the first playoffs penalty-shot goal in Washington Capitals history. And it was gorgeous.
Clear your Monday evening, Caps fans. While we already knew that a potential Game Six would be played at PNC Arena on Monday, April 22, we now have a real start time. The NHL has announced that the game will start at 7 PM.
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.
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