The Leafs meanwhile are right back in the series thanks to a spectacular game two effort from youngster Kasperi Kapanen who netted two goals including the double OT victor and are now playing back at home in the ACC. Toronto has ridden the play of their youngsters all season long and the playoffs have been no different and with the likes of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and the like being leaned on to carry the bulk of the offense against Alex OVechkin, Nick Backstrom and company it should make for an exciting series that could go much longer than people anticipated coming in.
"I don't think we expected to just have an experience", said Andersen. "We're the underdogs for sure but the way we've been playing...we can give them a run for their money". The problem with that is you have to skate, and skate and skate. He came to the Capitals knowing that salary cap constraints could prevent his tenure here from lasting longer than two years, but he saw Washington and Ovechkin as his best chance to win a fourth Stanley Cup. It's fun anyway and you'd be amazed at how much energy you have.
Trailing 3-2, Washington tied it with 7:21 left in regulation. And then the Leafs won Game 2 by a score of 4-3 in double OT, and the series is tied 1-1.
Jake Gardiner logged 40 minutes 42 seconds, Morgan Rielly totaled 40:12 and Matt Hunwick played 35:19.
"This series is about wearing people down and I think we're fine that way", Trotz said on a conference call Sunday. "We expect a long series every time we come into one, and this one is certainly no different and it's going to be a grind". Their D got extended pretty hard last night in a lot of areas.
To conserve its resources, Toronto didn't hold a practice, optional or otherwise, on Sunday. Defenseman Nikita Zaitsev (upper body) will have to wait to make his playoff debut as his spirited argument to compete in Game 2 was denied by Babcock on Friday. He had several big hits on Toronto forward Mitch Marner, and his clean hit on Roman Polak knocked the defenseman out for the series. "We've got to get in front of him a little more".
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The ball was not very high in the air so he could [not] have seen it all the way along". On the injury to Billy Jones, Moyes said: "Billy has one to hospital but he's fine.
By everyone in the organization's accounts, that work has paid off. Kapanen had a huge half season with the Marlies, raising his stock in the organization to the point that he may get playing time higher in the lineup next season, perhaps along side his pal Nylander.
The Washington Capitals dominated the National Hockey League this season, scoring the third-most goals per game at 3.18, allowing the least goals-against per game with 2.16, converting the fourth-best power play percentage at 23.1, and killing off the seventh-most penalties with an 83.8 penalty kill percentage. The Leafs then took back the lead with on a power play of their own with 13 seconds left in the second as Rielly fired a seeing-eye shot through traffic. The Capitals had plenty of chances at both full strength and the power play, but so far against Toronto, they've had most of their success a man up. "I think we had a lot of respect for them coming in". "He might be the best penalty killer on our team". Most of all, all the numbers show what your eyes probably told you: the Leafs are going toe-to-toe with a very good hockey team.
Only now, after two wacky, cartoonish roller-coaster rides where one minute the Leafs are barely hanging on and the next they are the Katzenjammer Kids, roaring around and driving the adults insane, there really is hope.
(At) Ottawa 4, Boston 3 (OT): Dion Phaneuf scored at 1:59 of overtime and the Senators rallied for a victory over the Bruins. With the primary assist on Carlson's goal, Justin Williams has points in six consecutive playoff games.
"I think Rielly's been as good as he's been since I got here the last two games", Babcock said. They're a team that's ferocious on the forecheck and they swarm you when you turn (the puck) over. It's great to have that confidence in your ability and that's something that's really impressive. In their hearts of hearts, they have wanted to be that team all year - that swashbuckling team, that team full of young Musketeers.