It was another game-winning goal in a huge spot for Brooks Orpik, a player many Capitals fans and to a lesser degree the Capitals, didn’t want or plan to have playing in Washington for these playoffs.
Last year, it was Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, a third-period snipe that gave the Caps the lead and their first of four straight wins.
This year, at 1:48 of overtime on Saturday, Orpik took a feed from Evgeny Kuznetsov, who was set up behind the net and fired one home to give the Caps a 2-0 series lead, heading to Raleigh.
The final score was 4-3.
Here’s our five stars of the game for Washington:
He now has four career playoff goals with the Caps and Penguins. Two of the four have been overtime game-winners for a total of the three-playoff game-winning tallies.
Ovechkin was a +2 and easily led the Caps in hits with seven on the game.
Tom Wilson added: “He covered for me one time. It was a 3-on-1 and he was the last guy back and turned it over. He did a heck of a job.”
“This player is so underrated,” Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said. “Most consistent guy for us in terms of year-after-year, game-in and game-out. He flies under the radar a lot. Hopefully, he gets the respect he does after these first two games. He’s always consistent. These are the best two back-to-back games that I’ve seen Nick Backstrom play in my five years here.”
The Caps had 16 shots on goal in the 2nd period but did not score. They imposed their will in the back part of the third period and in the short overtime.