The Washington Capitals are no strangers to tight games. They’ve played 13 games in these Stanley Cup Playoffs and 12 have been decided by one goal.
For the first 12 games, they led by two goals for a total of just 4 minutes, 57 seconds and not since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers. But then came Wednesday night, when Jason Chimera’s goal and that two-goal lead lasted an amazing 20:20.
“It’s obviously nice, but we still have to play it the same,” goaltender Braden Holtby said. “You can’t get comfortable at all in the playoffs. A two-goal lead is nice, but you still have to approach it the same.”
Chimera admitted “It was a little weird. I think we scored at 2-0, we kind of like looked at the scoreboard as a kind of relief.”
But Marian Gaborik’s goal with 51 seconds left ended the streak. Perhaps the Caps weren’t that comfortable with the extra cushion.
“We didn’t really want to finish that way though for some reason,” defenseman John Carlson said with a smirk. “I don’t know.”