Leafs Stun Caps 4-3 in Double OT, Tie the Series at 1-1

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After taking a nail-biting 3-2 win in Game 1 of their first round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Capitals followed that up a  heartbreaking 4-3 double overtime loss in Game 2 on the 30th anniversary of the infamous Easter Epic thriller. 

1st Period

After starting Game 1 slowly and poorly, the Capitals started Game 2 on a much higher note. The opening frame saw both teams exchange quality scoring chances, with both teams coming within inches of taking the lead. With 2:26 left to play, Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk put the puck past Caps netminder Braden Holtby, taking advantage of a massive pile up of players in front of the Washington net. Toronto held the advantage in shots through 20 minutes of play, 14-8, while both teams matched each other physically, with both teams even at 14 apiece. The Maple Leafs also held the lead in faceoff wins, as they won 57% of the draws compared to the Capitals’ 43%. Despite four power plays between them (three for the Leafs, one for the Caps), neither team was able to convert.

2nd Period

After heading into the second frame down 1-0, the Caps came out buzzing with a quick power play goal from captain Alex Ovechkin, his first of the postseason. T.J. Oshie and Marcus Johansson were credited with the assists on the goal. The Capitals then took a 2-1 lead on a bullet from the point from defenseman John Carlson. The Caps sustained excellent momentum until Maple Leafs youngster Kasperi Kapanen scored on a backhanded shot in front of Braden Holtby. Capitals defenseman Toronto defenseman Roman Polak was injured after a huge, but clean hit from Brooks Orpik. Despite a Coach’s Challenge that appeared to be a good one, the call of a good goal was upheld. With 13.1 seconds left in the second, Morgan Reilly scored on a power play that was the result of a Dmitry Orlov tripping penalty. Despite an early barrage of pressure, the Maple Leafs were able to hold onto the lead in shots, 23-20. The Leafs continued to dominate on faceoffs, as they finished the second period having won 61% of the game’s draws, while the Caps only managed a mediocre 39%.

3rd Period

After finishing the second period down 3-2, they came out of the locker room storming in the final period. With a strong shift from the Capitals’ top-line, superstar center Nicklas Backstrom put in a rebound past Frederik Andersen to knot the game at 3-3. The score would remain that way through the rest of regulation, and the game headed to overtime for the second game in a row. The Caps outshot the Leafs 14-8 in the final frame.

Overtime

For the second straight game, the Capitals and Maple Leafs headed to overtime. Despite many good chances by both the Caps and Leafs, and a breakaway chance by Alex Ovechkin, the Caps and Leafs headed to double overtime.

Second Overtime

After heading to double overtime on the anniversary of the infamous Easter Epic game, both the Caps and Maple Leafs traded chance after chance, Kasperi Kapanen’s second of the game beat  Holtby to tie the series at one apiece.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography and reading in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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6 Responses to Leafs Stun Caps 4-3 in Double OT, Tie the Series at 1-1

  1. Anonymous says:

    Excellent rundown of the game. I agree that the challenge was a good one and I don’t know what they were looking at on their screen. BUT, they are going to have to start shooting more and put the puck in the net. They need more presence in front of the net, many times there is no one to pass to because no one is in the area. And the last thing is that they over pass too much. They have shots some times and they pass it instead of shooting it. They should be up 2 game to 0

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