Caps Come Alive to Defeat Panthers

Florida Panthers v. Washington Capitals
Game 3 – Series Tied 1-1

Game Recap:

With the series shifting to DC the Washington Capitals would look to bounce back against the Florida Panthers in Game 3 of their first round series. Unfortunately for the Caps it would not be a hot start as Jonathan Huberdeau would strike for the Panthers to take the early 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. Shortly after the goal the Caps would get on the powerplay thanks to an Eetu Luostarinen tripping penalty, but the Caps would not be able to capitalize with the extra man advantage. Then late in the period Anthony Mantha would go to the box to put the Panthers on the powerplay, but with three seconds left on the extra man advantage MacKenzie would take a penalty to put the Caps on the powerplay and this time they would strike as TJ Oshie would tip in an Alex Ovechkin blast to tie the game at one.

Come the second period the Caps would march to the penalty box as first Martin Fehervary would go to the box for tripping, and after the Caps killed off that penalty Justin Schultz would be called for interference. The Caps would kill off both penalties successfully, and as a result they would take the momentum and run with it as Marcus Johansson would strike to give the Caps the 2-1 lead. After the goal the Caps would draw a penalty against Anthony Duclair for interference. While the Caps would not strike on that powerplay they would continue to buzz, and Trevor van Riemsdyk would strike to grow the Caps lead to two. In the final thirty seconds of the period Anthony Mantha would get into a tussle with Sam Bennett, and both players would get minors for roughing, but Bennett’s additional minor for tripping would put the Caps on the powerplay as they head into the second intermission up 3-1.

Heading into the third period the Caps would have about 90 seconds of powerplay time, but they would not take advantage of the extra man advantage. However, later in the period Huberdeau would go to the box, and this time it would be a beautiful pass for the one timer from Alex Ovechkin for the Caps to grow their lead to three with the powerplay tally. With less than five minutes left in regulation the Panthers would pull Sergei Bobrovsky, but John Carlson would shoot one from 190 feet away and into the empty net to grow their lead to four. Shortly after the goal the Panthers would get called for too many men on the ice as the Caps would go back to the powerplay, but would not score. In the final minute of the game Garnet Hathaway would put the final nail in the coffin for Game 3 as he would score to give the Capitals the 6-1 victory over the Panthers to take the 2-1 series lead.

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Lineups:

Florida Panthers:

Carter Verhaeghe — Aleksander Barkov — Anthony Duclair

Jonathan Huberdeau — Sam Bennett — Sam Reinhart

Mason Marchment — Anton Lundell — Claude Giroux

Noel Acciari — Eetu Luostarinen — Patric Hornqvist

MacKenzie Weegar — Aaron Ekblad

Gustav Forsling — Radko Gudas

Ben Chiarot — Brandon Montour

Sergei Bobrovsky

Spencer Knight

Scratched: Petteri Lindbohm, Joe Thornton, Lucas Carlsson, Maxim Mamin, Robert Hagg, Jonas Johansson, Ryan Lomberg

Injured: Markus Nutivaara (undisclosed)

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Conor Sheary

Marcus Johansson — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Anthony Mantha — Lars Eller — Garnet Hathaway

Johan Larsson — Nic Dowd — Brett Leason

Martin Fehervary — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen

Trevor van Riemsdyk — Justin Schultz

Vitek Vanecek

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Connor McMichael, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Matt Irwin, Michal Kempny, Zach Fucale

Injured: Carl Hagelin (left eye), Tom Wilson (lower body)

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First Period:

FLA Goal – 2:45 – Jonathan Huberdeau (1) from Anthony Duclair (2) and Aaron Ekblad (1)

FLA Penalty – 6:53 – Eetu Luostarinen 2 minutes for Holding

WAS Penalty – 17:30 – Anthony Mantha 2 minutes for Cross Checking

FLA Penalty – 19:27 – MacKenzie Weegar 2 minutes for Holding

WAS PPG – 19:34 – TJ Oshie (2) from Alex Ovechkin (3) and John Carlson (2)

End of FirstFLA – 1WAS – 1
Shots911
Faceoff Wins1211
Hits1621
Powerplay0/11/2
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Second Period:

WAS Penalty – 2:42 – Martin Fehervary 2 minutes for Tripping

WAS Penalty – 5:01 – Justin Schultz 2 minutes for Interference

WAS Goal – 9:51 – Marcus Johansson (1) from Anthony Mantha (2) and Nicklas Backstrom (2)

FLA Penalty – 11:45 – Anthony Duclair 2 minutes for Interference

WAS Goal – 18:49 – Trevor van Riemsdyk (1) from Marcus Johansson (1) and Nicklas Backstrom (3)

WAS Penalty – 19:34 – Anthony Mantha 2 minutes for Roughing

FLA Penalty – 19:34 – Sam Bennett 2 minutes for Tripping

FLA Penalty – 19:34 – Sam Bennett 2 minutes for Roughing

End of SecondFLA – 1WAS – 3
Shots2218
Faceoff Wins2322
Hits3036
Powerplay0/31/3
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Third Period:

FLA Penalty – 8:52 – Jonathan Huberdeau 2 minutes for Interference

WAS PPG – 10:25 – Alex Ovechkin (1) from Conor Sheary (1) and Anthony Mantha (3)

WAS ENG – 15:40 – John Carlson (1) from Lars Eller (1)

FLA Penalty – 16:53 – Bench (Mason Marchment) 2 minutes for Too Many Men

WAS Goal – 19:18 – Garnet Hathaway (1) from Johann Larsson (1)

End of ThirdFLA – 1WAS – 6
Shots3031
Faceoff Wins3327
Hits5044
Powerplay0/32/6
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