Game Recap – 1st Rd. Game 5 – Carolina Hurricanes v. Washington Capitals

Carolina Hurricanes v. Washington Capitals

Series Tied 2-2


Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals return home for Game 5 looking to regain their series lead against the Carolina Hurricanes, and things would get chippy right away as Saku Maenalanen would take an ill advised roughig penalty when he would go after Tom Wilson after the whistle. After the Capitals failed powerplay attempt Carolina would get one of their own, but would lose it when Lucas Wallmark would be called for high sticking. On their second powerplay opportunity Nicklas Backstrom would would collect his own rebound and shoot it between Petr Mrazek’s legs to give the Capitals the 1-0 lead.


In the second period the Capitals would get themselves into penalty trouble as they would take three consecutive penalties (though the one on John Carlson for goaltender interference was laughable), however, the Capitals would be perfect on the penalty kill, and after they killed off the third penalty the Capitals would turn on the offense as Alex Ovechkin would come charging and throw a perfet pass to Nicklas Backstrom for his second goal of the game. Then minutes later brett Connolly would net his first goal of the playoffs to make it 3-0.


Going into the third period the Capitals would start with the continuation of their powerplay from the end of the second period, and the Capitals would continue their pressure and Tom Wilson would get Evgeny Kuznetsov’s rebound and get it past the defender and into the empty net with four seconds left on the powerplay to make it 4-0. Then on a breakaway Nic Dowd would be fouled and awarded a penalty shot which he would score on to make it 5-0. Then Lucas Wallmark would take a slashing penalty to which the Capitals would only need two seconds as Alex Ovechkin would rip it right off the faceoff to make it 6-0.



Carolina Hurricanes:

Nino Niederreiter — Sebastian Aho — Teuvo Teravainen

Warren Foegele — Jordan Staal — Justin Williams

Brock McGinn — Lucas Wallmark — Saku Maenalanen

Aleksi Saarela — Greg McKegg — Patrick Brown

Jaccob Slavin — Dougie Hamilton

Brett Pesce — Justin Faulk

Calvin de Haan — Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Andrei Svechnikov (concussion), Micheal Ferland (upper body), Jordan Martinook (lower body)


Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Carl Hagelin

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Chandler Stephenson — Nic Dowd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Jonas Siegenthaler — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik — Nick Jensen

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Christian Djoos, Travis Boyd, Dmitrij Jaskin, Ilya Samsonov

Injured: Michal Kempny (torn left hamstring), T.J. Oshie (upper body)


First Period:

Hurricanes Penalty – 1:08 – Saku Maenalanen 2 minutes for Roughing

Capitals Penalty – 4:41 – Brett Connolly 2 minutes for Hooking

Hurricanes Penalty – 5:42 – Lucas Wallmark 2 minutes for High Sticking

Capitals PPG – 7:33 – Nicklas Backstrom (4) from John Carlson (4) and Tom Wilson (2)


End of 1st РCAR Р0       WAS Р1

Shots              06                10

Faceoffs         07                12

Hits               14                  19

PP                 0/1                 1/2


Second Period:

Capitals Penalty – 4:18 – Evgeny Kuznetsov 2 minutes for High Sticking

Capitals Penalty – 7:56 – John Carlson 2 minutes for Goaltender Interference

Capitals Penalty – 12:02 – Jonas Siegenthaler 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals Goal – 14:21 – Nicklas Backstrom (5) from Alex Ovechkin (3)

Capitals Goal – 16:11 – Brett Connolly (1) from Alex Ovechkin (4) and Nicklas Backstrom (2)

Hurricanes Penalty – 19:07 – Sebastian Aho 2 minutes for Tripping


End of 2nd РCAR Р0        WAS Р3

Shots               21                 17

Faceoffs          24                 25

Hits                 22                  31

PP                   0/4                  1/2*

*3rd powerplay in progress


Third Period:

Capitals PPG – 1:04 – Tom Wilson (2) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (4) and John Carlson (5)

Penalty Shot Goal – 8:57 – Nic Dowd (1)

Hurricanes Penalty- 10:12 – Lucas Wallmark 2 minutes for Slashing

Capitals PPG – 10:14 – Alex Ovechkin (3) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (5) and Nicklas Backstrom (3)

Capitals Penalty – 17:29 – Nick Jensen 2 minutes for Hooking


End of 3rd РCAR Р0         WAS Р6

Shots              30                   28

Faceoffs        30                    36

Hits               32                     47

PP                 0/5                    3/4


Next Up:

Game Six –¬† WAS Leads Series 3-2


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