After the Washington Capitals suffered their second unlucky game, they got back on their ice and corrected some mistakes. They withstood Florida’s relentless attack, ran into goal, and made some big offensive plays to wrest control of the series.
Jonathan Huberdeau started our goal that beat Ilya Samsonov high. Before the first period ended, TJ Oshie tied the match with an expert deviation from Alex Ovechkin’s shot.
The hats moved in the second period, but no one told the scoreboard. Marcus Johansson made a backhand rebound to put the capers ahead, and Trevor van Rimsdijk set up to make it 3-1 after two runs.
Stranded on the island of Ovechkin, Alex Ovechkin managed to score a powerful goal in the middle of the third half. John Carlson secured an empty net from 188 feet away, and Hathaway added another one nicely.
The Caps beat the Panthers 6-1. Caps lead the series 2-1.
Playoff between Bellamos! Turn it over.
- Ilya Samsonov He had no excuse to let Huberdeau’s target in, but he locked the tuck in afterwards, so we’ll all just be silent about it for a bit. This was in the third period:
This never happened at Capital One Arena but there was “Sammy! Sami! Sami!” Just chant.
– Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) May 7, 2022
- When the hats didn’t drop two penalties in the second half, they were getting 23 for six. This is a blast zone – or maybe if the hats hadn’t been turned twice out of those six attempts. Hockey is a silly game. We are all silly people to watch.
- Conor McMichael didn’t play much but he played well, bullet end
- Breakout game of picking up deadline and childhood friend Marcus Johansson. He’s been the backbone of the team’s best streak (Hu, Backstrom, and Mantha), and has made two great plays. His goal was great, but a pass to TVR was even better. This goal was summoned from nothing.
– NBC Sports Capitals (NBCSCapitals) May 7, 2022
- Do not take away from Anthony Mantha Notwithstanding, who was scoring fitness during Tom Wilson’s exit.
- Not to speculate, but I’d be shocked then Alex Ovechkin Not playing through an injury. He seems uncomfortable in skiing. His streak got hampered in the first forty minutes of the game, so Ovechkin compensated by throwing a lot of big hits. (Obama’s voice begins) Let me be clear: Visits don’t matter. (Obama’s voice ends) Huberdeau scored immediately after receiving a “punitive” blow from Ovechkin. But Ovechkin’s chance to score early in the third period made it clear he could still deliver results in the big moments, which was manifested when the Panthers made a tactical foul with a third-half penalty.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the capitals since 2005 – with a thousand changes to staff and coaches over 17 years – is their ability to convince Alexander Ovechkin’s teams not to exist. https://t.co/n41bgL95nV
– Steve “Dangle” Glenn (@Steve_Dangle) May 7, 2022
- I’d be remiss if I didn’t yell at Larson-Dodd-Hathaway, who’s had very tough encounters – always a top six in Florida – and kept them relatively calm.
– Good tweet Pete (@peterhassett) May 7, 2022
That was a good match, and it feels good about that. Since the first game the Capitals have had the right idea of how to beat the Panthers, but I guess stupid luck still gets a vote on how to implement this plan. Today, while the sun was blazing, the capitals stuck to their plan and got their money back for their goodwill.
Now here are some people who made mistakes.
See you on Monday, when that list should grow.
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