That’s a tough loss. Between the Carolina Hurricanes needing a bunch of weird bounces to score and the refs seemingly out to lunch, the Washington Capitals couldn’t clinch the series, so a game seven will be needed on Wednesday.
The Capitals didn’t play all that great, but that’s expected. With no TJ Oshie and Michal Kempny, while playing away, it’s expected Carolina would carry the play. MoneyPuck has the images.
The Caps had a good first, but couldn’t get anything going offensively in the second, which usually happens on the long change when playing away. Carolina had a big bump in the third period, mainly from a lucky bounce after Dmity Orlov’s clearing attempt hit a skate and bounced right back into the slot where Jordan Staal scored their third goal.
Actually, almost all of the Hurricane’s goals were flukey. The first one was right after power play expired and a stick broke, the Canes shot it and it hit Nick Jensen, bouncing past Braden Holtby. Then for their second goal, Siegenthaler was slashed and his stick got stuck in the boards, which resulted in a goal. Then their fourth goal wasn’t lucky, but it was an insane tip by Justin Williams that he probably couldn’t do again if he had fifty tries.
It was just a weird game, especially considering how bad the refs were in calling a terrible embellishment call on Orlov, waiving off Alexander Ovechkin’s goal, and missing the slash on Siegenthaler before their second goal.
There’s no point in separating forward and defensive pairings because they all kind of got ran over by the Hurricanes. But the game wasn’t as bad as it looked for the Caps. It sucks the Caps lost but the good news is they get to play at home for game seven and with every home team winning in this series that’s huge. Add to this that you know the Capitals will be playing angry, especially Ovechkin who was thrown out of the game for mocking the refs. Bring it home, boys!
By Luke Adomanis