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.
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:
#Caps‘ lines/pairs for Game 4:
8-Ovechkin, 92-Kuznetsov, 77-Oshie
90-Johansson, 19-Backstrom, 39-Mantha
24-McMichael, 20-Eller, 73-Sheary
22-Larsson, 26-Dowd, 21-Hathaway
57-van Riemsdyk, 2-Schultz
Samsonov vs. Bobrovsky. #CapsCats
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) May 9, 2022
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)
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.
T.J. Oshie on the power play! Oshie gets into the slot and tips home the point shot to give Washington the early lead!#ALLCAPS 1 – 0 #TimeToHunt
(Game 4, WSH Leads Series 2-1) pic.twitter.com/lBKatgzAiE
— Hockey Daily 365 (@HockeyDaily365) May 9, 2022
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.
Verhaeghe ties the game up with a nifty move 🔥 pic.twitter.com/oVvBI0WvVy
— NHLonTNT (@NHL_On_TNT) May 9, 2022
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.
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.
The Capitals would regain the lead on a goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov at 9:31 of the third period.
T.J. Oshie gets away with a high hit on Sam Bennett and Evgeny Kuznetsov scores to take a 2-1 lead for the Capitals (+145). pic.twitter.com/lQXOJGryV6
— Hockey Gambling Podcast (@HockeySGPN) May 10, 2022
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.
The Panthers would win it in overtime. Carter Verhaeghe Would pot the game winner.
Carter Verhaeghe wins it for the Panthers in OT! #TimeToHunt
— Fox Sports 640 South Florida (@FoxSports640) May 10, 2022
Game 5 is set for Wednesday in Sunrise, Florida.
- 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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