Game Recap – 1st Rd. Game 2 – Carolina Hurricanes v. Washington Capitals

Carolina Hurricanes v. Washington Capitals

Capitals Lead 1-0


Game Recap:

Going into Game Two the Washington Capitals need to have a much better start to their game, and generate some scoring opportunities. And that they did as they would play with a much better pace to their game, and would create some really good chances in the Hurricanes zone. Less than four minutes into the game, it would be Alex Ovechkin feeding a really beautiful pass to Nicklas Backstrom for his third of the playoffs, and give the Capitals the 1-0 lead. Then after a failed powerplay attempt, it would be TJ Oshie with an amazing one-legged effort to score his first of the playoffs for a 2-0 lead. Then on a hard working shift for the Hurricanes, Lucas Wallmark would tip a Jaccob Slavin point shot to cut the Capitals lead to one. The Capitals would challenge for goalie interfernce, but it was ill advised as there was never any interference to Braden Holtby on the play. Alex Ovechkin would take an elbowing penalty, but the Capitals would kill off the penalty to finish the period.



In the second period we would see a very undisciplined game from both teams starting with Micheal Ferland taking an offensive zone penalty, then Ferland again would take another penalty that would end his game for the day as he would receive a match penalty for illegal contact to Nic Dowd’s head, which also had Warren Foegele hook and high stick Dowd on the play with no calls made, but with some debate. While yes Ferland did in fact make contact with Dowd’s head (see tweet below), it doesn’t look like he went in with the intention to hurt Dowd. From the perspective of how the play unfolds, Dowd loses possession of the puck and is reaching to regain possession, while at the same time Ferland has already committed to the hit. Dowd is in a vulnerable position yes, but it does not look like Ferland’s intention was to hit the head, but due to Dowd’s posture, the head became the point of contact. Definitely a tough call to make.

While on the Capitals five minute powerplay, they would not generate anything of substance. Also it would end prematurely as TJ Oshie would be called for hooking. Then the Capitals would go down two men when Dowd would be called for high sticking. While the Capitals were down, they were able to successfully kill both penalties. Then after another failed powerplay for the Capitals, Sebastian Aho would score to tie the game for the Hurricanes late in the period.


Going into the third the Hurricanes would start off with some really solid chances, but Braden Holtby would stand tall in net. Then near the halfway point of the period Alex Ovechkin would feed Tom Wilson with the pass as he would blast it Petr Mrazek to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead. Then on a powerplay off of a Nic Dowd high sticking call, Jordan Staal would deflect a Dougie Hamilton point shot to tie the game at three a piece. The Capitals would get a couple chances before the end of the period, but Mrazek would holdnhis own and force overtime for the first time in this series.


Going into overtime the Capitals would only need a little less than two minutes to close out this game and take a 2-0 series lead as Evgeny Kuznetsov would make a really crisp pass to Brooks Orpik who bombs it past Mrazek to win the game 4-3.



Carolina Hurricanes:

Nino Niederreiter — Sebastian Aho — Justin Williams

Micheal Ferland — Jordan Staal –Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov — Jordan Martinook — Brock McGinn

Saku Maenalanen — Lucas Wallmark — Warren Foegele

Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton

Brett Pesce — Justin Faulk

Haydn Fleury — Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Greg McKegg, Jake Bean

Injured: Calvin de Haan (upper body)




Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson

Carl Hagelin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie

Jakub Vrana — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky — Nic Dowd — Chandler Stephenson

John Carlson — Nick Jensen

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik — Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Jonas Siegenthaler, Travis Boyd, Dmitrij Jaskin, Ilya Samsonov

Injured: Michal Kempny (torn left hamstring)



First Period:

Capitals Goal – 3:37 – Nicklas Backstrom (3) from Alex Ovechkin (1) and Dmitry Orlov (1)


Hurricanes Penalty – 4:52 – Trevor van Riemsdyk 2 minutes for Slashing

Capitals Goal – 9:26 – TJ Oshie (1) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (2) and Matt Niskanen (1)


Capitals Penalty – 10:32 – Brett Connolly 2 minutes for Interference

Hurricanes Goal – 15:54 – Lucas Wallmark (1) from Jaccob Slavin (1) amd Warren Foegele (1)



Capitals Penalty – 16:24 – Alex Ovechkin 2 minutes for Elbowing


End of 1st РCAR Р1       WAS Р2

Shots              12                07

Faceoffs         10                06

Hits               08                  16

PP                 0/2                 0/1


Second Period:

Hurricanes Penalty – 1:11 – Micheal Ferland 2 minutes for Hooking

Hurricanes Penalty – 4:09 – Micheal Ferland Match penalty for Illegal Contact to Head

Capitals Penalty – 8:18 – TJ Oshie 2 minutes Hooking

Capitals Penalty – 9:11 -Nic Dowd 2 minutes for High Sticking

Hurricanes Penalty – 11:36 – Dougie Hamilton 2 minutes for Elbowing

Hurricanes Goal – 16:49 – Sebastian Aho (1) from Justin Williams (1) and Jaccob Slavin (2)


End of 2nd РCAR Р2        WAS Р2

Shots               18                 23

Faceoffs          22                 14

Hits                 14                  24

PP                   0/4                  0/4


Third Period:

Capitals Goal – 8:55 – Tom Wilson (1) from Alex Ovechkin (2) and Nicklas Backstrom (1)

Capitals Penalty – 14:24 – Nic Dowd 2 minutes for High Sticking

Hurricanes PPG – 15:00 – Jordan Staal (1) from Dougie Hamilton (2) and Andrei Svechnikov (1)


End of 3rd РCAR Р3         WAS Р3

Shots              28                   32

Faceoffs        39                    22

Hits               22                     33

PP                 1/5                    0/4



Capitals Goal – 1:42 – Brooks Orpik (1) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (3) and Jakub Vrana (1)


End of OT РCAR Р3         WAS Р3

Shots              28                   33

Faceoffs        39                    23

Hits               22                     34

PP                 1/5                    0/4


Next Up:

Game Three – Capitals Leads Series 2-0


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