Well, here we are. Two phenomenal teams -- almost certainly the two best remaining in the East -- coming head to head in the second round. Incredible special teams on both sides of the coins. Scorching offense from one team, some of the League's best defense and goaltending from the other. This one will be (and has already been) reduced to Alex Ovechkin versus Sidney Crosby by some, but make no mistakes: the matchups are compelling through the totality of both rosters' construction.
Let's take a look at what worked and what didn't in Game 1 -- a 4-3 overtime vicroty for the host Capitals -- of a series that promises to be a real thrillride.
- Good First Period
- T.J. Oshie
- Shutting Down Sidney Crosby.
- The Second Period
- Face-offs (But not all of them)
- Alex Ovechkin finishing