Greetings from Ovechkin Island: Caps beat Panthers 6-1

Reeling from an unlucky second game, the Washington Capitals returned home and righted some wrongs. They held off Florida’s relentless offense, dialed in their goalie and made big offensive plays to take control of this series.

Jonathan Huberdeau kicked things off with a one-goal arrow that beat Ilya Samsonov high. Before the end of the first period, TJ Oshie tied the game with an expert deflection off Alex Ovechkin’s shot.

The Caps were crushed in the second period, but no one said so on the scoreboard. Marcus Johansson rebounded from the backhand to put the Caps ahead, then he set up Trevor van Riemsdyk to make it 3-1 after two periods.

Abandoned on Ovechkin Island, Alex Ovechkin scored a power play goal midway through the third period. John Carlson got an empty net about 188 feet away, and Hathaway added one more for good measure.

The Caps beat the Panthers 6-1. The selections lead the series 2-1.

A Bailamos playoff game! Mount it.

  • Ilya Samsonov had no excuse to let that Huberdeau goal in, but he locked the crease afterwards, so we’re all going to shut up about him for a bit. It was in the third period:
  • While the Caps didn’t kill two penalties in the second period, they were ahead 23-to-six. This is blowout territory — or it would be if the Caps hadn’t converted two of those six attempts. Hockey is a stupid game. We are all fools to watch it.
  • connor mcmichael didn’t play much but he played well, end of ball
  • Deadline pickup and childhood buddy escape game Marcus Johansson. He was the kingpin of the team’s best line (him, Backstrom and Mantha) and had two terrific one-on-one plays. His goal was nice, but that pass to TVR was even better. He summoned this goal out of nothing.
  • Do not remove from Antoine Mantha however, that has increased the physique while Tom Wilson is away.
  • I don’t want to speculate, but I’d be shocked if Alex Ovechkin does not play despite an injury. He looks uncomfortable skating. His line was battered in the first forty minutes of the game, so Ovechkin made up for it by throwing a lot of big hits. (Obama’s voice begins) Let’s be clear: successes don’t matter. (Obama’s voice ends) Huberdeau scored his goal immediately after taking a “punishment” shot from Ovechkin. But Ovechkin’s scoring chance early in the third period showed he can still deliver in big moments, which showed when the Panthers made, uh, a tactical error on a penalty kill in the third. period.
  • I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Larsson-Dowd-Hathaway, who had some really tough matchups — basically still Florida’s top six — and kept them relatively quiet.

It was a good match, and it’s good to feel good. From Game 1, the Capitals had the right idea on how to beat the Panthers, but I guess stupid luck still gets a vote on how that plan is executed. Today, AS THE SUN HAS RISED, the Capitals stuck to their plan and were rewarded for their good faith.

Now, here are some people who made mistakes.

See you Monday, when this list should grow.

Main picture: @PuckBuddys

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