Caps look to clip Leafs in game 6
- Author: Julie Sanders May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 17:54
The Washington Capitals can advance to the second round of the playoffs with their third straight victory.
Through the first five games of the series the Capitals are ahead 3-2 and the overall numbers show an even series, backing Babcock's belief in his team against the President's Trophy winners. They were stunned into silence for a few seconds by Johansson's series-winner, but gathered themselves for a loud salute to the Leafs players.
"I haven't scored that many big goals", said Williams, who has 16 goals in 44 tries in Games 5-7 as his team improved to 26-18 in those situations.
Toronto went long stretches without testing Holtby until Rielly dumped a puck into the right corner.
The second period consisted of many more scoring chances especially for the Caps who had some odd-man rushes as well as mini breakaways. The three-time Cup victor who earned the nickname "Mr". The Washington Capitals have won 13 of their last 16 games when allowing four or less goals.
"I didn't think the power play was bad until last game", Babcock said Saturday. "It's all it takes". If we don't win, we go home. The Leafs' defense gave the Capitals' incredibly talented forwards too much time and space and it led to several games of chicken in the danger areas, where Washington puck carriers slowly but methodically got into great scoring positions before a Leafs defender would commit to closing in.
"It's a good series".
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Thats where our game is in a really good place, the maturity of young players at such a young age. "At the same time, we know Pittsburgh is coming to town and it's going to be insane". "It's a good competitive series".
In two previous years under Trotz, the Caps have won in the first round, ousting Philadelphia in six games last spring and the New York Islanders in seven games in 2015. The Senators and Bruins also played the 15th overtime game of the first round, and given the tightness of this series, more free hockey could be in the offing.
Friday's Game 5 win puts the Capitals in a strong position in the series, but they've still got to find a way to administer the death blow. "Their next step is to join us in practice".
Game 5 was another grinder of a game, as the two teams only combined for 53 shots on goal in an OT contest.
Despite being an overwhelming underdog to win the series, Babcock's resilient squad stormed out to a 2-0 lead in game one before allowing the Capitals to score three unanswered goals to win the opening game in the series. The 19-year-old took advantage of some puck protection around the net by fellow rookie running mate, William Nylander, and then buried the rebound from his shot attempt.
"I just think each game, myself personally I feel like I've gotten better", Matthews said after the Maple Leafs' morning skate Friday. However, I am going to stick with the Capitals even on the road.
David Pastrnak also scored and Tuukka Rask finished with 41 saves to help the Bruins rally from two goals down early in the second period and cut the Senators' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. For a moment his second-period marker Sunday felt like a Game 7 was a foregone conclusion.
Mark Stone and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators, and Craig Anderson stopped 36 shots. "We push the pace in practice, we get them in some competitive battle drills that are game-like so that they continue to experience that workload that's necessary in game scenarios".