Caps clobber Canes, take 3-2 lead

Ben Krimmel
April 20, 2019 - 11:43 pm
Washington Capitals dominate in Game 5.

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Well that was just what the doctor ordered.

The Washington Capitals, in need of a win after letting a 2-0 lead slip in Carolina, responded with utter domination blowing away the Canes 6-0 to take a 3-2 series lead.

The defending Stanley Cup champions played like they wanted to go "back-to-back" even more than their fans.

The Caps seemed to play with a chip on their shoulder from the opening face off. With T.J. Oshie likely done for the remainder of the playoffs, the tone was set with Ryan Kerrigan chugging beer in Oshie's honor and the return of Devante Smith-Pelly

The Caps got their reward in the first period with Nicklas Backstrom scoring his fourth goal of the playoffs

But with Washington up 1-0, the lead did not look certain at all, especially when the Capitals took three penalties and only managed one shot over the first 13 minutes of the 2nd period.

But that penalty kill was impeccable for the Capitals and that led to an offensive explosion. First, Backstrom got his second before Brett Connolly got the first goal from a 3rd or 4th line player, which the Caps were in desperate need of, in the playoffs.

And in the 3rd period, the Caps left no doubt. Pouring it on and leaving a message to the visitors: We're not going anywhere.

In the final period, Tom Wilson got it started on the power play after just 64 seconds of play to make it 4-0. And then Nic Dowd, after getting interfered with on a breakaway, put away the game with a penalty shot just under 8 minutes later.

With the game in control, the crowd at Capital One Arena had a special message for the injured Oshie, who challenged them to bring the noise in Game 5

WATCH: Caps fans chant "T.J. Oshie"

The icing on the cake came by way of a screamer from Alex Ovechkin for the Capitals' 3rd power-play goal of Game 5 to go with his two assists.

It was the first complete game of the series from the defending Stanley Cup champions with goaltender Braden Holtby getting his seventh career playoff shutout, a Washington franchise record.

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