Penalty kill sparks Caps offense in Game 5

Ben Krimmel
April 20, 2019 - 10:16 pm
Capitals penalty kill sparks offensive explosion in Game 5.

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The second period of Game 5 did not start well for the Washington Capitals.

It looked nothing like the play in the first period, which saw Nicklas Backstrom net his fourth goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Capitals were struggling to get shots, with only one shot on goal in the first 14 minutes of play, the 2nd period looked a lot like the two defeats in Carolina. 

After an odd-man rush led to a chance for Washington, John Carlson was penalized for goaltender interference on what can only be called a... er, controversial call.

If the Caps were to avoid the fate of the previous two games, it would be on the penalty kill to take care of business.

And that unit, with goaltender Braden Holtby behind them, made sure there were no slips. 

Again....

And again....

And again. The Hurricanes were unable to score and went 0-for-5 on the power play Saturday night in Washington.

Then the reward came for the Capitals hard work when down a man. First, it was Backstrom scoring his second of the night with Alex Ovechkin getting yet another assist.

Then, after a mental mistake came from Canes defensman Dougie Hamilton, led to Ovechkin getting his second assist of the night on Brett Connolly's first goal. This would give the Caps two goals on just three shots in the 2nd period of Game 5. 

On home-ice the defending Stanley Cup Washington Capitals look like defending Stanley Cup champions.

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