Caps' 2-0 lead gone to Carolina

Ben Krimmel
April 18, 2019 - 10:21 pm

Well, the Washington Capitals' lead is gone in Carolina in everyone's mind. 

The Carolina Hurricanes nabbed a 2-1 win in Game 4 to rebound from a 2-0 series deficit to even series with the defending champs. 

Thanks to goals from Warren Foegele and Teuvo Teravainen and shutdown goaltending from Petr Mrazek the best-of-seven series in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs becomes a best-of-three contest.

In two games in Raleigh, the Capitals were outscored 7-1 and out-shot 69 to 49. And after a whopping in Game 3, Thursday night's contest started about as bad as a game can start: With Foegele scoring after 17 seconds.

The Caps controlled the opening face-off, but an over-aggressive play by Matt Niskanen lead to a Hurricanes odd-man rush and a quick 1-0 hole for the visitors.

The defending Stanley Cup champions were able to shrug off the struggles from Monday night, getting more shots on net, but Mrazek remained stout until the Capitals were able to equalize in the 2nd period with a vintage Alex Ovechkin goal on the power play, ending an 0-for-11 skid for Washington's special teams unit.

But another defensive lapse from the Capitals defense allowed the Canes to take a 2-1 lead with just under 28 seconds remaining in the second period. 

This time it was Brooks Orpik, the hero from overtime in Game 2, who drifted out of position and allowed Teravainen all the space he needed to bury what turned into the game-winning goal.

While pushing for a goal late in the third, Foegele hit Caps' forward T.J. Oshie from behind and sent him crashing into the boards.

Oshie remained on the ice for several moments before heading straight for the Capitals dressing room, suffering an apparent arm injury. He did not return and Foegele served a two minute minor for boarding.

But the Capitals power play couldn't crack the Canes defense and was unable to do so even after pulling Braden Holtby, who was rather faultless in the two goals and managed 22 saves on the night. 

And the lead was gone to Carolina.

Ain't it just like a friend of mine, to hit Oshie from behind?

Well, the Caps' 2-0 lead is gone to Carolina in our mind.

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