Plenty familiar with the trek up 1-95N from their seven game, two week series against the New York Islanders, this time the Caps boarded the bus to meet up with another New York team in another New York barn— neither of which with they needed any familiarizing.
The Caps played one of their best games of this postseason (which is saying something), and got the series off on the right foot against an opponent that plenty around the League— to say nothing of professional oddsmakers— envision hoisting the Cup.
Like we did in Round 1, let's take a dive into what worked and what didn't in this series' first installment.
- The Singular Effort of Alex Ovechkin
GIF: Ovechkin doing Ovechkin things. 1-0 Caps. pic.twitter.com/DXzWWCVzHz— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 1, 2015
- Power versus Power
- Braden Holtby
- The Penalty Kill
- 5v5 Shot Quality
WSH had more shots on goal in the medium- and high-danger areas. Most nyr shots were from the perimeter (5v5 only): pic.twitter.com/Z1fnT6OVuq— WAR On Ice (@war_on_ice) May 1, 2015
What Didn't Work
- Unnecessary Icings
- Matt Niskanen and Karl Alzner
- Defensive Zone Draws
The goods far outweighed the bads in this one, and the final outcome— stealing home ice away from the top seed to start a series— is a great reward for a strong effort throughout the lineup. On Saturday the Caps have an opportunity to bring a commanding two game lead back to the Verizon Center. Wouldn't that be nice?