After Game 1 Washington Capitals lead Carolina Hurricanes 1-0
Carolina carried the play for the first ten minutes of the game, but they couldn’t capitalize on any of their chances. It looked like Carolina was set to control the game until Niklas Backstrom skated with the puck from the redline and wired a wrister from 50 or 60 feet out over the glove Petr Mrazek. After this goal a young Carolina team seemed to be shaken a began taking penalties. The Capitals went 2-2 on the PP in the first period with a goal from Backstrom (his second) and Alex Ovechkin.
Period 1 Highlights
Backstrom Goal 1
Backstrom Goal 2
Jordan Staal alone in front miss
Ovi Goal 1
The scored stayed 3-0 Washington until the 3rd period when Carolina rookie Andrei Svechnikov scored his first career playoff goal. Carolina kept the pressure on Washington and Svechnikov scored his second of the game to bring Carolina within one. The Hurricanes drew two penalties when down 3-2, but couldn’t capitalize on either opportunity, eventually surrendering the empty net goal to Capitals center Lars Eller.
Period 3 Highlights
Svechnikov goal 1 and 2
Eller empty net goal
Petr Mrazek break away saves
Carolina Hurricanes budding superstar Sebastian Aho did not score, continuing his 13 game drought into the first playoff game Carolina has seen since 2009. If The Hurricanes want a chance to upset the defending Cup champs, Aho needs to score more.
3 Stars of the Game
3. John Carlson (3 Assists)
2. Andrei Svechnikov (2 goals)
1. Niklas Backstrom (2 goals)
Changes for Game 2
Washington: Keep playing the same way.
Carolina: Stay OUT of the box. Washington scored 2 PP goals. That can’t happen next game. Carolina also has to fix their power play in a hurry. as they had 2 chances to tie the game on the PP and couldn’t score. Carolina has to win the special teams battle to have a chance in this series.