Well, it all comes down to this. The Capitals are on the brink of elimination after a disappointing 4-1 loss in Game 4 in Boston. They trail in the series 3-1 after the first game not to head to overtime all series.
It won't be easy to overcome this deficit and avoid a first-round exist for the third straight postseason, but the Caps certainly have the talent to turn things around if they can clean up their game.
This series has featured injuries, line changes, three different starting goalies for Washington and, prior to Game 4, all close, hard fought games. The Caps will need to scrap and claw their way back into this series if they want to keep their season alive, and it starts with Game 5.
Here's how to watch.
CAPITALS VS. BRUINS HOW TO WATCH
What: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Bruins will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington and NBCSN
CAPITALS VS. BRUINS TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Capitals Pregame Live on NBC Sports Washington (LIVE)
7:00 PM: Capitals vs. Bruins (LIVE)
9:30 PM: Capitals Postgame Live on NBC Sports Washington (LIVE)
CAPITALS VS. BRUINS WHAT TO WATCH
How do the Caps bounce back from the most deflating loss of the series to date? After three straight overtime games and a long history one one-goal finishes between these two organizations, the Bruins looked like the clearly superior team for the first time in Game 4. Do the Caps have a dominating win in them at this point?
Despite the loss, Ilya Samsonov generally played very well in net Game 4. The Caps need to get more out of their stars, though, if they are going to live to fight another day. Washington needs to stop putting themselves at man disadvantages with unforced penalties, and they need the big, expensive names on the roster to play like it.
CAPITALS VS. BRUINS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Capitals: Alex Ovechkin, LW (45 games, 24 goals, 19 assists, 43 points in regular season): Ovechkin has a strong history in this situation, having played in 26 career games while facing elimination. In those games he has recorded 13 goals (sixth-most in NHL history) and 11 assists. It's hard to imagine the Caps advancing without a big day from their best player.
Bruins: Brad Marchand, LW (53 games, 29 goals, 40 assists, 69 points in regular season): After a slow start in Game 1 and most of Game 2 prior to the overtime period, the Bruins star has taken off with goals in three straight games. Marchand knows how to get under opponents' skins while also being a terrific player. The Caps will need him to revert to his early-series form to make things easier for themselves.