Ovechkin is on vacation soon? “Washington” failed grandiosely, mediocrely missing the match with 3:0

Lev Lukin

Washington on the verge of elimination from the playoffs

Florida returned to action in 10 minutes of the second period, and then gracefully brought the Capitals to the brink of elimination from the Stanley Cup.

In the fourth match of the series with Florida, Washington came very close to putting the winner of the regular season on the brink of the abyss. At the end of the game, the Capitals were leading 2-1, they could have scored more, but luck and Sergei Bobrovsky were against it, and then the Panthers bounced back and took overtime.



Drama at the end of an NHL game!  Bobrovsky made the most important save and lifted Florida to a comeback
Drama at the end of an NHL game! Bobrovsky made the most important save and lifted Florida to a comeback

However, such an unfortunate failure did not break Washington, and in the first half of the fifth match, Ovechkin and Co. looked super confident. The Capitals converted their debut majority in the 7th minute – Oshi put his stick under Carlson’s shot, to whom Kuznetsov redirected the puck.

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And at the beginning of the second period, “Washington” struck Sergei Bobrovsky twice more within a minute or so. Schultz scored first, and in this episode, Ovechkin earned the fifth assist in this playoff.

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Then Kuznetsov and Oshi fell out together against one defender and played the perfect combination with the completion of the American.

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“Washington” realized their chances great, Ilya Samsonov looked flawless at the gate, and “Florida” seemed demoralized. But then, as happened more than once in the regular season, something broke at the Capitals, and the team handed over to the opponent an almost won match.

The Panthers spent less than 10 minutes on their comeback in the second period. It all started with a rebound from the side during a positional attack, which caught Verage. Then all the same Verage sent Hörnqvist to a rendezvous with Samsonov with an excellent pass, and the Swede turned out to be accurate. Well, the third puck performed by Rinehart is a vivid illustration of the panic and confusion that engulfed the Washington defense in this segment of the meeting.

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The break did not help Washington, and Florida completed what they started in the third period. In the 44th minute, the magnificent Verage today took the puck away from Orlov in his zone, gave the pass, and he rushed to the other end of the site, where, easily breaking away from Backstrom, he opened up for Barkov’s pass and scored a gorgeous winning goal in this match.

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Already in the 56th minute, Verage once again mocked Washington: he effortlessly left Osha in the center of the site, and then gave an excellent pass to Giroud, who also approached Samsonov, not without imagination.

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Thus, the Canadian hero of the day at Florida scored 5 (2 + 3) points, participating in absolutely all the goals of his team.

“Washington” just fell apart terribly in the second half of the match. Yes, in the best traditions of this season, but in the playoffs, such mediocre failures are very expensive.

Now the Capitals are losing 2-3 in the series and are at risk of finishing the season the day after tomorrow. However, the stands of the Capital One Arena can become a faithful assistant for Washington and help him pull out this round. An experienced Lavioletta team can always get together for a specific match, and Florida has already shown in this playoff that it is far from perfect.

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