Nikolay Kulemin scored the go-ahead goal with 9:27 left and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Saturday to force Game 7 in the first-round playoff series.
Islanders captain John Tavares scored 15 seconds into overtime to lift New York to a 2-1 win in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
Philipp Grubauer’s parents heard the news before he even had the chance to tell them.
Washington (45-26-11, 101 points) had a chance to clinch second place in the Metropolitan Division and home ice for its first-round series against the Islanders (100 points), but will await the result of the Islanders game against the Blue Jackets.
It was only 11 days ago that Ondrej Pavelec was playing the role of backup goalie, allowing an embarrassing last-minute goal to cost his team a game.
Holtby made 32 saves for his eighth shutout of the season, Nicklas Backstrom became Washington’s career assists leader, and the Capitals cooled off the surging Bruins with a 2-0 victory Sunday night.
Alex Ovechkin’s offensive performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night was impressive.
Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals drew a rare standing-room-only crowd in their only visit to Anaheim this season.
Defense created much of the offense for the Los Angeles Kings in a solid two-way performance against the Washington Capitals.
The Capitals grinded for 10 weeks for just this moment. Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers presented the chance to move into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division.