This series is going seven. The Capitals were not able to close out the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday as a potential game-tying goal in the third period was waved off allowing Carolina to roll to the 5-2 win.
Both teams remain hot at home as the home team has gone 6-0. This game marks the first time the team to score first did not win, however. It also saw the first lead change of the series.
Game 7 will be on Wednesday at Capital One Arena.
Here are six reasons the Hurricanes won.
Warren freakin’ Foegele
Raise your hand if you had Foegele as Carolina’s biggest offensive threat heading into this series.
Foegele was leading the Hurricanes with three goals leading into Game 6 and he scored his fourth in the first period to tie the game at one.
Brett Connolly gave Washington the 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the game, but Foegele tied the game just after a Nic Dowd penalty expired with the Caps trying to clear out the puck. Dougie Hamilton had his shot blocked in the high slot, but Foegele picked it up and fired a shot as he spun around, beating Holtby who was having trouble seeing the puck through all the bodies.
Sebastian Aho gets a stick on Jonas Siegenthaler
Alex Ovechkin gave the Caps the 2-1 lead, but the Hurricanes tied the game less than two minutes into the second period thanks to Aho’s forecheck on Siegenthaler.
Siegenthaler chased down a puck behind the goal line, but was pressured by Aho who got his stick on Siegenthaler’s just as Siegenthaler meant to clear the puck around the boards. Aho picked up the loose puck and found Teuvo Teravainen in the slot for the quick shot and goal.
Two near misses at the end of the second
In Game 4, the Caps dominated the play in second, but gave up a goal late in the period that took the wind out of their sails and proved to be the game-winner for the Hurricanes. We nearly saw a role reversal on Monday as Washington was outplayed in the second frame, but had two great chances in the final 30 seconds in a 2-2 game.
Nicklas Backstrom found John Carlson for a short breakaway. Carlson tried to beat Pert Mrazek 5-hole, but Mrazek stopped it with the pad. A few seconds later, Tom Wilson a Carlson pass that beat Mrazek, but hit the cross-bar to stay out.
A failed clear
It was anyone’s game in the third period when Jordan Staal parked himself right on Braden Holtby’s doorstep and battled with Matt NIskanen. An initial shot was blocked and Niskanen tried to clear it, but failed as it hit off Brock McGinn. The puck bounced past Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov who came to assist and Staal reached his stick and knocked it beneath Holtby into the net to give Carolina its first lead of the game. That marked the first lead chance in the series.
A controversial no-goal
Washington thought they had tied the game in the third period as Ovechkin came into the crease and knocked a loose puck into the net…at least he thought so. The puck was underneath the pad of Mrazek and Ovechkin caught a piece of the pad as he went for the puck. The goal was waved off immediately.
By rule, a player cannot push the goalie’s pad to push the puck into the net. The contact, whether incidental or not, was enough to have the goal waved off.
The former Cap and current captain of the Hurricanes was a man possessed on Monday. He was all over Holtby all night long and was a physical pest. He nearly had a goal in the second period when he chipped a breakaway puck over a Holtby poke check, but the goal was waved for a high stick. Williams finally got rewarded in the third period with a deflection goal that bounced through Holtby’s 5-hole and proved to be the knockout punch.
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