We’ll keep this short: The Capitals went to Raleigh hoping to finish the series and advance to round two. That did not happen as the Hurricanes outplayed them at home again securing a 5-2 win over the Caps. Braden Holtby did what he could but without the help of his teammates he was left stranded to defend the title.
The first period was kind of fun to watch. Brett Connolly did that surprise us thing and scored first. Eller and Burakovsky helped. Then Warren Foegele scored his fourth goal of the series to tie it up. Before the end of the period, Alex Ovechkin would snap one off to make it 2-1 and record his fourth goal for the series.
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The Hurricanes outshot the Capitals 15 to 7 and yet they ended the period with the lead.
The second period began with the Capitals in the lead but Teuvo Teravainen would only need two minutes to tie it up. 2-2. With that Raleigh fan base came to life and got loud again. Tom Wilson would snap the stick of former mate Justin Wilson and give the Canes the man advantage. Justin Williams slid into Holtby giving the Caps a chance to move ahead with a PP. They bounced the puck around a lot but never into the net. It almost looked like Williams got a puck over Holtby- instead the goal was washed out with a high-stick that looked more like baseball than hockey. One more set of matching minors for 4×4 play as the period ended.
The third period began with the crowd sending the loud to the ice. Jordan Staal would bring the game to the Canes favor with a goal of his own. 3-2. The Caps looked flat and outplayed. They almost did it again but Holtby managed to hold them off. It looked like the Caps had a goal to even it up but then they waved it off saying Ovi jammed the pad to get the puck into the net. Caps fans did not agree with the call. Williams got his revenge to tilt it 4-2 Canes. And of course there was the empty net goal to secure the win for them. Ovi finally had enough of the refs on a final lame penalty call and chirped his way off the ice in the final 1:08 of the game with a misconduct call- which we support!!
— Eric (@Kingsgifs) April 23, 2019
It was not the Capitals best night. The whole team is still not playing in unison. They have a hard fight to win come Wednesday.