The Washington Capitals won game five against the Pittsburgh Penguins and are now up 3-2 on the series. Just one more win and they will officially punch there ticket into the third round.
For the first two periods where defiantly in favor of Pittsburgh when the refs made every little call on the Capitals. The NHL made it obvious they want the Penguins to three peat and knock the Capitals out of the playoffs.
The Capitals had five questionable calls that would never really get called during a normal season game that lead the Penguins to score two power play goals. The Capitals overall played a bad first two period of the game, but played very well in the third and ultimately won the game.
Braden Holtby was by far the number one star of the game. He won the Capitals the game stopping 36 shots with many highlight real saves all game. Holtby was aggressively challenging shooters, had excellent rebound control and most importantly looked calm and confident all game.
Jakub Vrana played the best game of his young NHL career finishing the night with one goal and two assist. He started playing on the first line with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov after Davonte Smith-Pelly was not having a great night, and Vrana showed us why he was a former first round pick and looked like a real first line player.
Vrana scored the goal that gave the Capitals a 4-3 lead after receiving a great pass from Ovechkin with less than three minutes left in the game.
John Carlson scored the first goal of the game. Today was a big day for him not because he scored the first goal, but he also became a father today; congrats John on your first child!
Moments later Brett Connolly scored a great goal beating Murray five-hole to give the Capitals a lead, but due to penalties public enemy number one Sidney Crosby tied the game in the second period.
Evgeny Kuznetsov tied the game when he broke free in the first minute of the third period when dangled Murray. The Capitals fought hard hard during the third period and played one of the best periods of hockey all season. TJ Oshie then scored an empty net goal followed up by Lars Eller to give the Capitals a 6-3 win!
The Capitals travel to Pittsburgh to play on Monday for game six to potentially seal the deal and move onto the third round of the playoffs. The Capitals have a huge advantage now being up on the series with one more win to finally beat the Penguins in the playoffs. With this momentum the Capitals should have a lot of confidence and let’s all hope they win on Monday!