Panthers Even Up Series With Caps in OT

Florida Panthers v. Washington Capitals
Game 4- (Series tied 2-2)

Game Recap:

Tonight’s game would decide if the Washington Capitals would extend their series lead to 3-1, or if the Florida Panthers could even it up. TJ Oshie got the Capitals on the board first as he deflected in the puck off his shin pad from a John Carlson shot for a power play goal at the 7:15 mark. About seven minutes later, Carter Verhaeghe tied the score as he put the puck through goalie Ilya Samsonov’s five hole to even things Ups after the first period, it would be tied 1-1.

Things would be quiet on the scoresheet all the until the third period when Evgeny Kuznetsov was sprung in on a breakaway from Alex Ovechkin, and was patient to get goalie Sergei Bobrovsky out of position and lift the puck into the back of the net to get the Caps the lead. Washington did a great job keeping the Panthers at bay for the most part. Unfortunately after Garnet Hathaway missed an easy empty net goal, the Florida Panthers tied the game with the extra attacker thanks to a puck getting to Sam Reinhart in the slot who then fired a quick wrist shot to tie the game and force overtime.

In overtime, Carter Verhaeghe who was dangerous all night was the overtime hero. However, his heroics came under question as the goal was under review for possible goaltender interference. After review, it was determined Verhaeghe had a good goal and the overtime winner to tie the series 2-2 with game five moving back to Florida on Wednesday evening.

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Lineups

Florida Panthers

Washington Capitals

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Game Highlights

First Period

Power Play GOAL (WSH) 7:15- T.J. Oshie (John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom)

GOAL (FLA) 14:08- Carter Verhaeghe (Aaron Ekblad, Sam Bennett)

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Second Period

*No goals were scored

Third Period

GOAL (WSH) 9:31- Evgeny Kuznetsov (Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie)

GOAL (FLA) 17:56- Sam Reinhart (Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov)

Overtime

GOAL (FLA) 4:57- Carter Verhaeghe (Aaron Ekblad)

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Final Stats

FLAWSH
Shots3216
Hits4656
Power Play0/41/5
Face-Offs57%43%

Next Up: Game 5- Washington Capitals @ Florida Panthers, Wednesday 5/11/22 7:30pm EST

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