Game Recap – 1st Rd. Game 4 – Washington Capitals v. Carolina Hurricanes

Washington Capitals v. Carolina Hurricanes

Capitals Lead 2-1

 

Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals head into Game 4 looking to extend their series lead before heading back home, but the Carolina Hurricanes would have different plans as they would force the play as they would create an odd man rush and 17 seconds into the game Warren Foegele would score his third of the playoffs to give the Hurricanes a quick 1-0 lead. Then Jakub Vrana would very ill advised penalty for charging, which the Capitals would kill off. The Capitals would get a powerplay oppurtinty shortly after, but they would not be able to generate anything on it as the Hurricanes smothered the Capitals.

 

In the second period the Capitals would have a much better start as they would maintain a better tempo to the game and force the play in the Hurricanes zone.  Their pressure on the Hurricanes would force Teuvo Teravainen to take a penalty leading to the best powerplay the Capitals have had in a while this series. Alex Ovechkin would blast a Dmitry Orlov past a stickless Brock McGinn and goalie Petr Mrazek to tie the game at one. However, the game would not remain tied going into the second intermission as Teravainen would streak in on Braden Holtby to score and the Hurricanes get their lead back heading into the second intermission.

 

In the third period it would be a chess match as both teams fought for space on a very sluggish ice that was causing the puck to bounce a lot. The Capitals would get another powerplay opportunity, but it would be the Hurricanes killing the powerplay. In the final minutes the Capitals would pull Holtby for the extra attacker but Petr Mrazek would stand tall and the Hurricanes will even the series at two a piece with a 2-1 victory.

 

Lineups:

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Carl Hagelin — Nic Dowd — Travis Boyd

John Carlson — Nick Jensen

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik — Jonas Siegenthaler

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Christian Djoos, Chandler Stephenson, Dmitrij Jaskin, Vitek Vanecek

Injured: Michal Kempny (torn left hamstring)

 

Carolina Hurricanes:

Nino Niederreiter — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen

Warren Foegele — Jordan Staal — Justin Williams

Brock McGinn — Lucas Wallmark — Jordan Martinook

Saku Maenalanen — Greg McKegg — Patrick Brown

Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton

Brett Pesce — Justin Faulk

Haydn Fleury — Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Saku Maenalanen, Jake Bean

Injured: Andrei Svechnikov (concussion) Calvin de Haan (upper body), Micheal Ferland (upper body)

 

First Period:

Hurricanes Goal – :17 – Warren Foegele (3) from Jaccob Slavin (5) and Justin Williams (2)

Capitals Penalty – :53 – Jakub Vrana 2 minutes for Charging

Hurricanes Penalty – 4:13 – Bench (Justin Williams) 2 minutes for Too Many Men

 

End of 1st – WAS – 0       CAR – 1

Shots              09                08

Faceoffs         08                09

Hits               14                  12

PP                 0/1                 0/1

 

Second Period:

Hurricanes Penalty – 8:42 – Teuvo Teravainen 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals PPG – 10:35 – Alex Ovechkin (2) from Dmitry Orlov (2) and Lars Eller (1)

Capitals Penalty – 12:39 – John Carlson 2 minutes for Holding

Hurricanes Goal – 19:32 – Teuvo Teravainen (1) from Nino Niederreiter (1) amd Sebastian Aho (2)

 

End of 2nd – WAS – 1        CAR – 2

Shots               23                 17

Faceoffs          14                 17

Hits                 21                  20

PP                   1/2                  0/2

 

Third Period:

Hurricanes Penalty – 14:52 – Warren Foegele 2 minutes for Roughing

 

End of 3rd – WAS – 1         CAR – 2

Shots              32                   24

Faceoffs        23                    21

Hits               33                     33

PP                 1/3                    0/2

 

Next Up:

Game Five – Series Tied 2-2

 

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