Capitals Fall To Panthers, 3-2 (OT), Series Tied 2-2

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Florida Panthers, 3-2 in overtime, Monday night at Capital One Arena in Washington. The best-of-seven series is now tied, 2-2.

The Capitals opened the scoring with a power play goal from T.J. Oshie early in the first frame, but the Panthers would answer with a four-on-four goal late in the period for a 1-1 tie at the first intermission.

Following a scoreless middle frame, Evgeny Kuznetsov would pot the go ahead goal midway through the final frame, but the Panthers would answer with a 6-on-5 goal late in the final frame to tie the game, 2-2. The game would head to the extra frame.

The Panthers would win it in overtime.


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STARTERS

Ilya Samsonov (1-1-0, 0.75 GAA, .975 sv%) got the start in goal for the Capitals. Sergei Bobrovsky (1-2-0, 3.03 GAA, .904 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Panthers. The starting lines and pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Michal Kempny, Matt Irwin, Hunter Shepard.

Injured: Carl Hagelin (eye, missed 30th straight game, out indefinitely), Tom Wilson (lower-body, third game missed, day-to-day)


FIRST PERIOD

The Capitals opened the scoring with a power play goal from T.J. Oshie at 7:15 of the first period. John Carlson (3) and Nicklas Backstrom (4) had the helpers.

The Panthers answered with a four-on-four tally late in the frame by Carter Verhaeghe (2) at 14:08 of the first period. Aaron Ekblad (2) and Sam Bennett (1) had the assists.

The first period would end tied 1-1. The Panthers led in shots 15-11 in the first frame. The Capitals led in scoring Chances, 7-4 and high-danger chances, 4-0. The Panthers led in expected goals .36 to .35.


SECOND PERIOD

The second period was a penalty-riddled stanza but there was no scoring.

The Panthers led in shot attempts 14-2, scoring chances 6-1, high-danger chances 5-1 and xGF .65 to .09.


THIRD PERIOD

The Capitals would regain the lead on a goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov at 9:31 of the third period.

The Panthers tied the game late on a 6-on-5 goal, send ing the game to overtime. Sam Bennett would pot the tying tally at 17:56 of the final frame.


OVERTIME

The Panthers would win it in overtime. Carter Verhaeghe Would pot the game winner.

Game 5 is set for Wednesday in Sunrise, Florida.


SHAVINGS

  • T.J. Oshie scores his third goal of the playoffs to give the Caps a 1-0 lead. That’s his 15th playoff power play goal as a Capital, the second-most in franchise history (Alex Ovechkin: 28).
  • John Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom were credited with the assists on Oshie’s goal. Carlson has tied Dale Hunter (72) for the third-most playoff points in franchise history.
  • The Capitals have converted on five of their 14 power-play opportunities this series (35.7%).
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov gives the Capitals a 2-1 lead with his second goal of the series. Both of Kuznetsov’s goals have come in the third period of games (also Game 1 at Florida).
  • Alex Ovechkin recorded the primary assist on Kuznetsov’s goal, his fourth assist of the series and his fifth point (1g, 4a) in four games.
  • Ovechkin has recorded 50 points (26g, 24a) in his last 48 playoff games, dating back to the start of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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8 Responses to Capitals Fall To Panthers, 3-2 (OT), Series Tied 2-2

  1. Anonymous says:

    16 shots on goal is pathetic

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Hathaway empty net attempt that missed by a whisker 🙄

  3. Anonymous says:

    I really don’t want to be reactionary and over-negative but sheesh, what has Mantha done for 6mil a year? Not digging his game whatsoever

  4. Anonymous says:

    missed a 5-3…
    HOw many times have the Caps given up a goal late in a PO game? Kreider in game 5… Richards ! Malkin!..etc

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