Capitals beat Maple Leafs 5-4, tie series at 2 games apiece

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21 April, 2017

The Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs are not in a position to close out their series, but both can take commanding 3-1 leads.

Wilson first pulled back a Morgan Rielly shot from the goal line after it snuck through the pads of Holtby. However, the total has gone over in just two of the Capitals' 10 most recent divisional home games. "When he first got here it was a lot of offence - and I think he would agree with this too - [he] probably wasn't the best defensive player". So he went to play major junior at 16.

"It's that time of year, there are some fabulous heroes", Capitols coach Barry Trotz said.

First let me start by saying, thank you Lord Stanley for giving us one heck of an opening round in the 2017 NHL Playoffs. (Wilson) played the right way today.

When this series goes back to Toronto for Sunday's game we need the electricity to be in the air. Frankly, I think it's the matchup that's best suited for a team looking to continue its rapid growth and development. In game two, however, Ottawa stood strong, proving to have the better offense, and scored three unanswered goals to win in overtime, 4-3.

The play of rookies Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander has been vital for the Leafs, as their speed has kept the Caps from dominating. The two teams start to hate one another a little more, he said, and learn one another's tricks. "We weren't prepared. We weren't very good".

What the Leafs have to do now is figure out a way to stop making the glaring error. But no one thought even their decent history against the Chicago Blackhawks would result in a 3-0 series lead, during which Nashville has outscored Patrick Kane and Co. 9-2.

"Yeah, I'm sure for him it's hard not to think about that type of thing", Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri said. "Holtby came up pretty big on some saves and you've got to credit them with some pretty good structure there".

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The Leafs haven't had the kind of trouble many anticipated with Caps goalie Braden Holtby, scoring four goals in each of the past three games.

The Capitals also were denied in Game 3 on a five-on-three power play. It's little details you have to do different. Wilson has given their third line a bit of a spark, something it desperately needed. At forward, Matt Martin's ice-time is higher than, say, Winnik's was last night, but 8:33 isn't much; lowering his time (and Kasperi Kapanen's) much further would approach Colton Orr territory. We're in a great situation. And then they put it in there and they're throwing pucks everywhere.

Alex Ovechkin, meanwhile, is 31 and coming off one of his least productive National Hockey League seasons and Nicklas Backstrom turns 30 in November.

Oshie notched his first of the playoffs at 2:58, converting a rebound from the low slot. Tom Wilson scored twice while T.J. That set up a rush down the right wing by Eller, who circled behind the goal, and Wilson tipped it in t 13:41. Nate Thompson and Theodore would score in the latter half of the third period to tie the score before Perry scored the game-winner. "We saw some clips [Thursday] morning in our meeting - is this what the Maple Leafs are doing when we're playing our best? No". Toronto opened the third period with a 5-on-3 power play and couldn't convert. Backstrom was serving a holding-the-stick minor.

Washington defenseman Karl Alzner's status is unclear after missing the past two games with an upper-body injury. The Capitals added two more goals in the first in a span of less than three minutes - both by Wilson, a Toronto native. Toronto D Roman Polak (right leg) had surgery Tuesday after being injured in Game 2. The Capitals performance in game four was just another lesson for the young Maple Leafs. "His rehab is going to be a long time.". Now they will try to carry that over into Game 5 in Edmonton on Thursday night.

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