Published: Wed, April 24, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Carolina Hurricanes: Three Keys to forcing a Game 7 vs Capitals

Carolina Hurricanes: Three Keys to forcing a Game 7 vs Capitals

Oshie is one of the coolest guys in the sport, and now his year is over. Captain Alex Ovechkin did it before Game 3 at Carolina's PNC Arena last week, and after the Capitals lost that game, winger Andre Burakovsky did it the morning of Game 4. He's been steadily booed since his Game 3 fight with Carolina rookie Andrei Svechnikov, which ended with the 19-year-old fellow Russian in the concussion protocol after taking several blows to the face then banging his head on the ice as he fell.

The hot lap really started as a bit for center Jay Beagle, who was always eager to get practices going, and now that he's no longer with the team, it didn't feel quite right anymore.

Oshie was a vital cog in the Capitals' run to the Stanley Cup in 2018, with 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) and six power play goals. "We shouldn't be deer in the headlights when a game like this happens". It's doubtful we will see a rematch between the two but what we will see is the end of the series as the Caps advance into the next round against their former coach Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders. "We're not going to let it be easy on them. That's obviously a positive sign". Win, and the Predators push a Game 7.

Drawing first blood has been a recipe for success in this series as the team that has scored first has won every game.

T.J. Oshie's season is nearly certainly over for the Washington Capitals.

"It's over", Ovechkin said following a third period that saw the Hurricanes score three unanswered goals. Braden Holtby has given up 16 goals on 191 shots. And in a Game 7 situation, there would presumably be less away-from-the-puck nonsense to distract him. They needed overtime for a 2-1 win in that Game 6 as well - four overtimes to beat San Jose in the second round of the 2008 playoffs.

"I was just trying to track the puck, and honestly, try to get a piece of it", Staal said. Now the team has two chances to clinch the series.

In other words: Even when the Capitals lose and fail to move on in the playoffs, it has rarely - if ever - been due to the play of their goalie.

"It's good and not-so-good at the same time", Connolly said earlier this month.

The story of this Capitals team is inextricably tied to last year's, the defending champions who either go back-to-back or fall short of that stated goal. The balance is in finding a way to positively draw from the experience without leaning on it too much.

"We answered the bell", said Williams - known as "Mr". "I think that's everyone's mindset".

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