I still cannot believe it, I think I said it like 100 times tonight... Caps win after being behind 0-3. It would be a tough pill to swallow for Rangers, leading 3-0 and losing 3-4.
Alex Ovechkin, by his own standards, had one of the sub-par games tonight. He was still very present and did make a big impact on the game, but not like he used to be... He could've been a hero tonight scoring on a breakaway, did not happen... Again he looked like a fish out of the water, it shows his conditioning is the worst ever since he joined the NHL.
-2, 1 pen (2min), total ice time 30:07, 32 shifts, average 00:56, PP 06:37, even 23:30, 4 shots on goal, 6 attempts blocked, 4 missed, 3 hits, 2 giveaways, 1 blocked shot.
Eventually he ended up not seeing much of the ice time in the final overtime period, Bruce Boudreau decided to put money on other players who looked fresher and it worked.
What is good about it that now the team can carry Ovi like he used to carry the team. Like I said before, Ovi's conditioning will improve, he'll get in a better shape. He was very good in game 1, not so in game 2, good in game 3, not so in game 4... Watch him in game 5, he will bury Rangers! :-)
My favorite Caps forward of the last 3-4 months Marcus Johansson. a.k.a. MoJo, was terrific tonight, to me he is the most creative Caps forward and now definitely is the number one Caps center-forward no matter what line he plays.
Katie Carrera, Capitals Insider:
...late in the second period, after Dubinsky’s tally, Boudreau had altered the lines from those that started the game. He put Chimera on the third unit with Eric Fehr, who made his playoff debut, and Johansson and created a unit with plenty of speed. As the game wore on from the third period into the two overtime frames, that unit appeared to be the one with the most jump.
Johansson scored Washington’s second and third goals, while Fehr was on the ice for both and those two players were both on for Chimera’s game winner in the 93rd minute of the contest.
And the cucumber? That guy who is "as cool as a cucumber", how could he be so calm even after Rags scored 3 goals? Unbelievable... Neuvy is a goalie to go, he now has deserved numero uno status!
MoJo starts it... Chimera finishes it... OT Game Winner by Jason Chimera
Bruce "Can you hear me now?" Boudreau finally agrees:
"I probably made a mistake by saying what I said" (@ 2:00)
Alex Ovechkin: "It was an exciting game. It changes our mentality right away."
Ovechkin: " If we play the same way, no one can stop us -- the way we played in the third period and overtime."