After game three, the Washington Capitals Lead the Series 2-1. But, the Carolina Hurricanes finally have a win to celebrate about.
The Carolina Hurricanes surged to a five-goal victory over the Washington Capitals in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,783 on Monday night. Playoff hockey is back in the Triangle and the energy in PNC arena is electric. Rally towels flying in a sea of red and black cheering on our team. Raleigh is a hockey town indeed.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) April 16, 2019
In the first period, the Hurricanes grabbed the lead with Warren Foegele redirecting and tipping in a shot by Justin Faulk. Foegele’s net front presence and a turn over from the Capitals put the Canes on the board for an important lead. The Hurricanes dominated the second period and Foegele’s net front presence paid off again. Teuvo Tervainen sent the puck to the ever patient Sebastian Aho who passed it off to Foegele to net the second goal of the night. In true Canes fashion, Foegele had quite the celebration after his second goal.
Museum Man on the Power Play
For the second goal in the second period, Jordan Staal passed the puck to Dougie Hamilton who snapped a wrister past Braden Holtby to net the third goal of the game. A power play goal from a defenseman to further extend the lead continued to light the fire that the Hurricanes needed. In the third period, a puck from Hamilton found the back of the net once again. Thanks to Hamilton’s two power play goals, he becomes one of only three defensemen in franchise history to score twice in a playoff game.
Brockstar Seals the Deal
Brock McGinn launches a shot over Holtby’s shoulder at the end of the third period to up the score to 5-0 for the Canes. After an aggressive game, Brock put the cherry on top of an already sweet win.
Svech Knocked Out by 8
Alex Ovechkin seemed to have been taunting the 19 year old rookie all series so far. The two jabbed at each other before a mutually agreed upon fight. What was originally a clean fight quickly turned nasty as Ovechkin continued to punch as Andrei Svechnikov went down. This fight elicited mixed opinions and emotions from fans. Whether it was thought to be fair or not, most fans can agree that it was gut wrenching to watch the future of our franchise go down and be helped off the ice in a daze. After Svechnikov left the arena, the Canes turned up the intensity to a new level, now not just playing for themselves, but playing for their injured brother. Svechnikov is currently in concussion protocol.
A Shutout by Mrazek
Petr Mrazek faced 18 shots and stopped every one of them. The team in front of him played aggressively and kept the Capitals from generating chances. Each save by Mrazek kept the momentum going. In Mrazeks’s career he has five playoff wins, four of them being shutouts.
A Look into Game Four
With Svechnikov and Micheal Ferland both out with upper body injuries, there’s some uncertainty heading into the next game. However I’m confident that if the players and fans carry last night’s energy into Thursday’s game, they will be a powerful storm to be reckoned with.
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