- The phrases “Tom Wilson” and “overtime hero” go together like peanut butter and jelly... right?
Tom Wilson game-winner.— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 14, 2017
Tom Wilson saw Justin Williams in the hallway after that game. Williams to Wilson: "It feels good, doesn’t it?"— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 14, 2017
Feels... rare. But the playoffs are a time for unsung heroes and secondary (or in this case quaternary) scoring, and Wilson stepped up big time.
Take a bow, Tom.
2. Justin Williams is known as Mr. Game 7, but last night he became Mr. Game 1 with his two-goal performance.
Trotz noted playoff vet/clutch performer Justin Williams had "calming effect" on Caps early; "He always says the right things"— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 14, 2017
This is the face of a man who is all business.
3. The Caps definitely didn’t look like themselves early on, and the Leafs made them pay, jumping out to a 2-0 lead before the first period was half over. After the comeback and the overtime thriller, it was time to take stock of what exactly happened:
Barry Trotz: "You get in the playoffs, there are no easy games. The Leafs are well prepared ... their kids are exceptional talents"— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 14, 2017
There’s no question that the Leafs took it to the Caps, particularly in the first period, and they’ll take that as a positive...
Babcock on lesson for young Leafs players: "What they found out tonight is you can skate with them ..."— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 14, 2017
...even though they eventually blew their early lead and lost to a team that really wasn’t playing all that well.
But yes, Leafs - you can skate with a rusty team on an off night. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.
“I know we’ve got another level, so I think it’s great that we had the start that we had. We were able to come out positive, and we can build on that.” - Barry Trotz