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Capitals vs. Bruins Game 3 Recap: Craig Smith Silences Caps

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In the second overtime Craig Smith scored the winner to secure a 3 to 2 Boston win.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

A third consecutive overtime contest was finished by Craig Smith to give the Bruins the Game 3 win.

Here’s Wednesday night’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: Ilya Samsonov.

Minus: Ilya Samsonov.

Ten more notes on the game:

  1. Samsonov made his NHL playoff debut (and return to the lineup) in Boston against a Bruins squad returning home to their fans. It was a super size request of the 24 year old.
  2. The Capitals squandered two power play opportunities before the game was 13 minutes old, including a gift of a call for too many men against Bruce Cassidy’s bunch. They ended the first twenty minutes of play with three failed chances.
  3. Washington the returned the favor with a 55 second two man advantage thanks to John Carlson’s second (!) delay of game penalty this series. Led by Samsonov and Brenden Dillon the Capitals rose to the challenge and bested Boston’s bombers.
  4. Midway through the second frame Alex Ovechkin tallied first on the Capitals’ fourth power play. With the second unit on the ice Anthony Mantha delivered the puck to the captain streaking through the slot and he roofed his shot past Tuukka Rask.
  5. But in predictable fashion the opposition responded less than a minute later. Taylor Hall danced himself atop the crease and deposited the puck behind Samsonov to knot the score at one apiece.
  6. Nic Dowd was felled by a shot early in the second period but returned to score his second of the series before the second intermission could arrive. A failed defensive zone exit from the Bruins gave Garnet Hathaway time and space to complete a scoring play via Dowd deflection.
  7. A terrible, no good penalty from Dowd in the third period put the Bruins on the power play for the fifth time and they did not miss their chance. Marchand muscled a puck up and over Samsonov from in tight with less then nine minutes to play to tie the game at two.
  8. In the second overtime Smith scored the game winner with an unimpeded wraparound after a Samsonov gaffe behind the net.
  9. Samsonov ended the evening with forty saves (17 in the first overtime) and many were made against high quality chances. His late error casts doubt on the Capitals’ starter for Game 4.
  10. Daniel Carr also made his playoff debut for Washington on the third line alongside Conor Sheary and Michael Raffl. He skated for 10:33 and was whistled for a minor penalty in the third period.