Physicality and Hitting was a Major Factor in the Capitals Win Monday Night

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The Washington Capitals had their backs against the wall heading into Monday night’s Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Tampa Bay Lightning were determined to end Washington’s season in front of their fans and had a bit of history on their side being 7-0 in D.C. all-time in the playoffs but the Caps refused to go down without a fight. Literally and figuratively, they refused to get knocked around. In front of a loud crowd, the Capitals channeled their energy by winning the physical battle which led to three unanswered goals and a 3-0 win to force Game 7.

Tom Wilson leveled Cedric Paquette, looking like his old self out there. Wilson tied for the team lead in hits on the night with six. You may remember Michal Kempny receiving a fine for cross-checking Paquette during Game 2.

Not exactly sure what Chris Kunitz was doing here. From the looks of things, it’s like he stabbed Wilson playfully with his stick like they do in the movies.

Wilson got some payback on Kunitz later on.

Late in the first period, Dan Girardi shouldered Alex Ovechkin. It was an obvious interference but there was no call.

The hit promptly made Ovechkin angry and he took out that frustration in the second period with this hit on Kunitz.

He wasn’t done.

Ovechkin laid out a total of four hits throughout the game.

Brooks Orpik also got in on the fun. He tied with Wilson for the team lead in hits on the night with six.

Orpik would also level Paquette.

Devante Smith-Pelly stuck up for the captain with a retaliation hit on Girardi. Smith-Pelly had five hits in the game. Hopefully he issued an apology to Jay Beagle after this one.

All the physicality shown by the Capitals seemed to get in the Lightning players’ heads. Steven Stamkos and J.T. Miller even collided with each other.

In all, the Capitals outhit the Lightning by a whooping 39-19. If the Caps play with that same passion and that same physicality in Game 7, don’t be surprised to see them come out on top.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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6 Responses to Physicality and Hitting was a Major Factor in the Capitals Win Monday Night

  1. Willem Bagchus says:

    Love this article!

    Like

    • Wayne says:

      When we play this kinda game we win Last year we played our nemesis the pens and played them hard and beat them 6-0. Question is if we know how to play to win why don’t we do it with really important games???

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  4. Stacy says:

    Washington Capitals please win Braden holtby stop
    Tampa Bay Lightning from score

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