Judy Calls Game! Nic Dowd Scores Overtime Winner To Help Washington Capitals Take Game 1 Against the Boston Bruins

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With no Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov in their starting lineup, and Vitek Vanecek lost early in the first period in their Game 1 matchup against the Boston Bruins, the Washington Capitals needed every member of the team to chip in in order to secure a “W”.

Not only did they receive it in the form of outstanding play from backup goalie Craig Anderson, but Center Nic Dowd scored the Overtime game-winning goal to help the Caps take a 1-0 series lead.

With the two teams tied 2-2 after 60 minutes of play, the Caps and Bruins headed to extra time, where Dowd scored the game-winning goal on assists from T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson, at the 4:41 mark of the overtime period.

The goal marked Dowd’s first career playoff overtime goal, and continues a strong campaign from the St. Cloud State product, who recorded a career-high in Goals (11) during the regular season and has evolved into a reliable player for Head Coach Peter Laviolette this season, improving other areas of his game such as his performance in the faceoff circle.

Dowd now has two career playoff goals and two points in 16 career playoff games, all with the Capitals.

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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 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, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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