In the Capitals’ 300th career Stanley Cup playoff game, they gave it away, handing Florida a 5–3 win in Game 5.
Here is the plus/minus of Wednesday evening:
More: TJ Oshie’s two-goal game.
Less: Give a three-goal lead in 7:51. Incredible stuff.
- Six minutes into the fight, Carter Verhaeghe tripped Alex Ovechkin in the offensive zone, knocking Washington’s human advantage unit out. And after hitting the crossbar early, the Capitals converted, Oshie tipping a John Carlson shot past Sergei Bobrovsky.
- The power-play goal is Washington’s sixth in the series (and Oshie’s third).
- Florida then had its own power-play opportunity, but the Capitals’ excellent disadvantage kept the Panthers from shooting. Washington would deny a pair of Panther power plays in the first frame.
- At the start of the second period, Washington benefited from slower reactions from the referees. As Bobrovsky looked for the puck at the top of his crease, Justin Schultz found it first and rammed it into the net.
- 86 seconds after Schultz’s count, Oshie struck again, bringing the Capitals’ lead to three. Skating down the wing with speed, Oshie covered a short-range shot to put the light back on red.
- Verhaeghe was the first to answer for Florida. Taking a wild rebound off the back wall, Verhaeghe beat Schultz to the far post and deposited the puck in the net.
- Patric Hornqvist was next for Florida. A glaring error from Carlson gave Hornqvist a breakaway chance which he cached with a quick shot over Samsonov’s glove.
- Sam Reinhart then completed the comeback, sliding the puck under Samsonov and a couple of his teammates in the blue paint. The teams were tied at three at the start of the third period.
- Florida’s fourth unanswered goal was Verhaeghe again, skating on a strange man run and hitting home an Aleksander Barkov pass with just one touch.
- Claude Giroux completed the score at 55:55. Another strange man rush, another successful finish in Florida.