After permitting three completely different two-goal results in disappear on residence ice this postseason, the Washington Capitals had been in a position to maintain on to 1 on Sunday afternoon, choosing up a Four-1 win to tie their second-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins at one recreation apiece.
It was one other quick begin for the Capitals as they had been in a position to bounce throughout a sloppy Penguins workforce within the first interval.
Alex Ovechkin began the scoring simply 1:26 into the sport when he pounced on a Patric Hornqvist turnover on the blue line and wired a shot into the highest nook behind Matt Murray to present the Capitals an early lead. Later within the interval Jakub Vrana scored on the ability play to present the Capitals what has turn out to be — for them — a dreaded two-goal lead. But not like in Games 1 and a pair of of the first-round series towards the Columbus Blue Jackets, and in addition in Game 1 of this series towards Pittsburgh, the Capitals had been in a position to construct on that lead and maintain on for the win.
They had been ready so as to add to it when Brett Connolly scored on a breakaway early within the second interval, once more capitalizing on one other sloppy Penguins turnover, this time by Dominik Simon.
With all of that essential particulars taken care of, it was a reasonably chaotic path to get us to the top consequence.
You need replay controversy? We had that!
Vrana’s purpose within the first interval needed to face up to a goaltender interference assessment after the Penguins challenged it attributable to Brett Connolly taking a whack at Murray’s pad.
Connolly clearly knocked Murray off steadiness, however within the eyes of the league he had sufficient time to reset himself and get again into place to proceed to play his place.
The name on the ice was upheld and the Capitals had their two-goal lead.
The Penguins weren’t proud of it, however that appears to be pretty in keeping with how these opinions have been dealt with. Murray had time to get better after the contact from Connolly whereas that contact didn’t actually alter his capability to cease the puck. There is loads of griping about how interference opinions have been dealt with this season — and in lots of circumstances the griping is justified — however not all of them are utterly arbitrary and inconsistent. If the goalie has time to get again into place, they often let it go.
That wouldn’t be the one assessment within the recreation.
Midway by way of the third interval, with the Penguins now trailing Three-1, they thought they’d scored to tug inside one on a Patric Hornqvist rebound try on the doorstep. It was unclear whether or not or not Capitals goalie Braden Holtby was in a position to maintain the puck out of the online or if it had solely crossed the purpose line.
The name on the ice was no-goal and after a prolonged assessment it was decided that there was no conclusive proof to overturn the decision.
Holtby’s leg blocked the overhead and in-net cameras from figuring out whether or not or not the puck was solely throughout the road.
This was the one angle that clearly confirmed the puck.
The workforce you need to win — or the workforce you might be enjoying for — will decide what you need to see right here.
This was a play that it doesn’t matter what the decision on the ice was they had been going to keep it up given the replay angles they needed to work with.
Then there was Tom Wilson!
Wilson was concerned in one other controversial play when he knocked Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin out of the sport with a success to the top.
There was no penalty referred to as on the play however it’s going to virtually actually be reviewed by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Wilson averted a suspension within the first-round when he knocked Columbus’ Alex Wennberg out of the series for a couple of video games with a excessive hit.
Losing Dumoulin was a giant blow to the Penguins as a result of it not solely pressured them to play with solely 5 defensemen for the remainder of the sport — not a terrific spot for a workforce that’s already missing blue line depth to be in — however as a result of Dumoulin has been nice for them this postseason. If he can’t go in Game Three they must flip to Matt Hunwick.
The Penguins are already coping with some important harm points as forwards Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin have but to play on this series attributable to accidents they sustained in their first-round series win towards the Philadelphia Flyers. Malkin’s absence has been obtrusive on the ability play, whereas he and Hagelin make up two-thirds of what has been the workforce’s second line this postseason. That is a serious dent in their ahead depth. That mentioned, they’ve nonetheless received two of the three video games they’ve performed this postseason with out Malkin, managed to separate in Washington with out him and Hagelin, and head residence on Tuesday night time for Game Three tied within the series.
There additionally must be some consideration given to the sport Holtby performed in internet for the Capitals on Sunday as a result of he was excellent, stopping 32 of the 33 photographs he confronted.
The solely purpose he allowed, an extended distance shot from Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, was one which beat him by way of site visitors that he in all probability didn’t get a transparent view of. He made a few spotlight reel saves — together with two on Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel that basically stood out — to assist decelerate the Penguins’ offense.