Bruce Boudreau wanted exciting - he wanted a game as good as last year’s between the Capitals and Blackhawks.
He got it, as Washington blew a late lead but managed to extend its winning streak to eight games with a 4-3 overtime victory over Chicago on Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center.
Mike Knuble had the game winner with 1:09 left in overtime, set up by the man whose penalty at the end of regulation paved the way for the Blackhawks’ tying goal.
“Real heads-up play by Marcus [Johansson],” Knuble said. “It would have been very easy for him to bury his head there and try to jam it through, but I kind of laid my stick to the side, and he put it on the tape. It was a very smart play by him.”
The Caps took the lead in the third on a goal by Brooks Laich and dominated the rest of the period, until Chicago captain Jonathan Toews tied it up with 39 seconds left on the power play, proving yet again why he and the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.
Perhaps seeking some retribution for his hooking call, Johansson did the work in an exciting overtime to get the puck to Knuble. Boudreau admitted afterward he hadn’t seen the goal.
“But I’m sure Marcus wanted to work doubly hard on that shift because he felt responsible for them getting the tying goal,” the coach said.