Thanks to an overtime goal from the Washington Capitals, the Carolina Hurricanes are down 2-0 in the best of seven series. The series will shift to Raleigh as the Capitals will visit the Hurricanes.
Carolina are in the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. It was a promising season back in 2009. The Hurricanes finished with 45 wins and went to the Conference Finals. They were unable to reach to the Stanley Cup, however.
Fast forward ten seasons and the Hurricanes are two losses away from elimination. While Washington may have Carolina in a chokehold, the pressure from the Capitals cannot be stopped. As the team would know, just a season ago they battled back down 2-0 in a series to eventually win 4-2. Anything can happen and you don’t need to tell the Capitals twice.
As for tonight’s game, in the opening frame, it would be Nick Backstrom opening the scoring. It would be his third goal of the postseason. Minutes later, T.J. Oshie would score his first of the postseason to give Washington a 2-0 lead. Trailing, Lucas Wallmark would find the back of the net to bring the Hurricanes within one entering the second frame.
In the second period, not much happened on the scoresheet but Sebastian Aho scored a crucial goal. With less than five minutes remaining in the period, Aho potted his first of the playoffs to tie this game at 2-2.
Almost near the midway point of the third and final frame, Tom Wilson would bring the hometown crowd to their feet. Wilson would score, giving the Capitals a 3-2 lead. With exactly five minutes remaining in the game, Jordan Staal would score his first of the playoffs to bring this to 3-3. That would be the final goal in regulation as this game went to overtime.
In the extra period, it wouldn’t take long for the Capitals to find the back of the net. Nearly two minutes into the overtime period, Brooks Orpik would score his first of the playoffs and clinch the game for Washington, 4-3.
Braden Holtby would get the victory in tonight’s contest, with Petr Mrazek taking the loss.