Game 1. Carolina 0 at Washington 5. . GAME STORY. In front of a cheering crowd the Capitals romped over the Hurricanes by the final tally of 5 to 0. Washington finished with a flurry scoring 3 times in the third period. The game’s initial goal was sufficient as EVGENY KUZNETSOV found the back of the net at 9:34 of the 1st period. KUZNETSOV found the net twice on 6 shots and passed for one assist for Washington. And NICKLAS BACKSTROM found the net twice. PHILIPP GRUBAUER was outstanding in goal. He was flawless in the shutout while facing
38 shots. A goal was also registered by LARS ELLER for Washington. STARS OF THE GAME 1st star – PHILIPP GRUBAUER from Washington, 2nd star – EVGENY KUZNETSOV from Washington, 3rd star – NICKLAS BACKSTROM from Washington.
Game 2. Carolina 3 at Washington 4 (OVERTIME). In their home arena the Capitals won by one goal over the Hurricanes by the score of 4 to 3. EVGENY KUZNETSOV netted the last goal, the game winner, at 6:12 of overtime. NICKLAS BACKSTROM had two goals for Washington. Other goal scorers were SEBASTIAN AHO, ELIAS LINDHOLM and VICTOR RASK for Carolina and T.J. OSHIE for Washington. STARS OF THE GAME. 1st star – NICKLAS BACKSTROM from Washington, 2nd star – EVGENY KUZNETSOV from Washington, 3rd star – PHILIPP GRUBAUER from Washington.
GAme 3. Washington 1 at Carolina 4. Washington now leads the best of seven series 2-1. In their home arena the Hurricanes easily handled the Capitals by the final tally of 4 to 1. Carolina poured on the pressure outshooting the Capitals 34 to 19. JACCOB SLAVIN recorded three assists for Carolina. The goals were scored by ALEX OVECHKIN for Washington and VICTOR RASK, JEFF SKINNER, JUSTIN FAULK and MARCUS KRUGER for Carolina. STARS OF THE GAME: 1st star – JEFF SKINNER from Carolina, 2nd star – JUSTIN FAULK from Carolina, 3rd star – JACCOB SLAVIN from Carolina.
Game 4. Washington 4 at Carolina 1.. Washington now leads the series 3-1. In a strong showing away from home, Washington had no difficulty defeating the Hurricanes by a final score of 4 to 1. EVGENY KUZNETSOV scored twice on 7 shots and passed for one assist for Washington. PHILIPP GRUBAUER was outstanding in goal. He made just one mistake while facing 40 shots.
Other goal scorers were LARS ELLER and ANDRE BURAKOVSKY for Washington and NOAH HANIFIN for Carolina. 1st star – PHILIPP GRUBAUER from Washington , 2nd star – EVGENY KUZNETSOV from Washington, 3rd star – ANDRE BURAKOVSKY from Washington.
Game 5. Carolina 0 at WAshington 3. Washington palyed a very good defensive game and got goals from Carlson, Orlov and Kuznetsov to defeat the Hurricanes and advance in the playoffs four games to one. Grubauer was the story for the Capitals and he picked up the shutout for the Capitals as they were outshot by Carolina 37-26 and outchanced the Capitals 8 to 6.
Caps win the series 4 games to 1.