WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Trailing 1-0 heading into the second period in Game 1 of their opening-round matchup with the Rangers, the Caps lit the lamp on three separate occasions to head into the third and final period with a commanding 3-1 lead.
The go-ahead goal for the Caps came 14:21 into that second period on a pass from Olesky that crossed both blue lines, and slipped through two defenders to find Johansson with an open view of the goalie
“The second goal by Marcus, a breakaway, great play, big goal, and you know we kind of deserved it, because we had a lot of chances in the first that didn’t go our way,” Coach Adam Oates told Lavar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan Friday. “We kept pushing and we got a little bit of a cheap one but it still counts. You earn those by pressure.”
Oates emphasized the importance of his team not letting up when they get a lead, a mentality they exercised in Game 1, scoring their third goal just 46 seconds after the second in Thursday’s game.
“You’ve got to keep the pedal down,” Oates said. “You can’t relax. You can’t get into the prevent defense.”
The Caps look to hold serve at home in Game 2 against the Rangers, Saturday. Puck drops at 12:30 p.m.