What a night in Washington DC. It was a long fight to see who would advance to round two of the playoffs. The Carolina Hurricanes led by former Caps and LA Kings Justin Williams or the Washington Capitals led by defending champ Alex Ovechkin. After 60 minutes of regular play, a tied game pushed the teams into not one, but two overtime periods. The dream for the Capitals to repeat their success ended in a seventh game 4-3 loss.
The first period got off to a surprise start with Andre Burakovsky scoring his first goal of the playoffs.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 24, 2019
Tom Wilson, on a majestic pass from Dmitry Orlov to Alex Ovechkin came in for a second goal and a 2-0 lead. The Caps drew in a power play as they crashed the net leading Greg McKegg to hook Jonas Siegenthaler. No goal on PP. Next to the box was Nick Backstrom for interference. Braden Holtby and the defense were successful in stopping the Canes from getting on the board with a 2-0 lead.
The second period rolled along uneventful with shots pretty even. A tripping against the Canes put the Caps on the PP. Sebastian Aho felt compelled to score the Hurricanes first goal of the night on the Caps PP 2-1. And as if Burky’s goal wasn’t sweet enough, Evgeny Kuznetsov finally gets his first goal of the playoffs to give the Caps a two-goal lead. 3-1. Carl Hagelin with the helper. The Hurricanes would snake past Holtby to close the gap 3-2 again. Jensen took a nasty high stick that drew blood on his cheek but the refs apparently didn’t see it skipping the potential major penalty. A busy exciting period that showed the Caps as a team could play together.
The Capitals flew out to the ice with a drive to control the home ice in the third. Unfortunately in the midst of a line change Jordan Staal found the opening he needed to tie up the game. The minutes ticked off the clock as fans from DC to North Carolina held their breathe to see who would score next. As the clock ran down the game remained tied forcing overtime.
And a recovering TJ Oshie came to the arena to cheer his mates on!! What a guy.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 25, 2019
60 Minutes Not Enough
After a brief break to hydrate, play resumed.
OT One was Puck Here- Puck There. A lot in the Caps zone. Holtby was indeed a beast! It wasn’t enough. The Canes outshot the Caps 11 to 4. Holding at 3-3 the teams went to catch their breath- literally!
OT Two: The Battle Continues. Carolina brought the Capitals a PP by shooting the puck out in a delay of game. One man up, the Caps couldn’t keep the puck in the zone or score. Vrana had a chance- hitting the post instead of the net. The Canes had control of the puck and used that control to finally get the last goal of the night and the privilege of advancing to the second round of the playoffs. 4-3 the Capitals lost the chance for a back-to-back win.
A hush fell in Washington. Disappointment filled the arena. Justin Williams will take his team on to meet the Islanders next. The Caps will head off for vacation after emptying out their lockers.