Capitals vs. Hurricanes game 2 preview

Photo Credit: Washington Capitals

The second game of the first round is ready to go at Capital One Arena. The Washington Capitals will face the Carolina Hurricanes, fresh off a thrilling victory on Thursday. Game One was the warmup, but this will be the true test of strength for the Capitals. If they win both games at home, they will have a strong advantage headed to Raleigh later. Learning from their lull in Game One, the Caps know not to repeat their slow goings late in the game. They will be more driven and competitive this time around.

In Game One, the Capitals led 3-0 in the first period. Nick Backstrom scored two goals early, showcasing his own skills. Alex Ovechkin also did what he does best and scored soon after. But then in the third the Canes came back with Andrei Svechnikov scoring twice in rapid succession. Though this comeback ended up being just momentary. Braden Holtby recorded more saves and did not allow another goal, keeping his impressive 2.04 goals against average for the playoffs up strong. Holtby bent, but did not break as he secured the Caps victory.

Caps stars Backstrom and Ovechkin have come through when they needed to, but the series will be decided by the supporting players. Lars Eller’s empty-net goal showed his abilities as a clutch player, and John Carlson’s two assists showcased his decision-making skills. The playoffs are stressful, and every single Caps player realizes this. Thus, they all must maintain their composure for Game Two.

Starting Lineups:

For Washington:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson

Hagelin-Kuznetsov-Oshie

Vrana-Eller-Connolly

Burakovsky-Dowd-Stephenson

Orlov-Niskanen

Carlson-Jensen

Orpik-Djoos

Holtby expected as goalie.

For Carolina:

Niederreiter-Aho-Williams

Ferland-Staal-Teravainen

Svechnikov-Martinook-McGinn

McKegg-Wallmark-Foegle

Slavin-Hamilton

Pesce-Faulk

Fleury-Van Riemsdyk

Mrazek expected as goalie.

Game is at Capital One Arena. Puck drops at 3 pm.

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