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Final score: Washington Capitals 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

How it happened: After two periods without a goal, Auston Matthews was the recipient of an incredibly fortunate bounce as the puck caromed off the boards into the slot on a dump in. The Caps, however, would respond five minutes later as Johansson snuck a goal through the pads of Andersen and just over the goal line.

Of course the game went to overtime.

The Caps tilted the ice in their favor and took control of the game in overtime. Finally, Johansson netted his second of the game to finish the game and the series.

What it means: The Caps have won the series 4-2 and will advance to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two. Since 2008, Washington is now 6-15 in games in which they can clinch a series.

Goals

Maple Leafs goal: Auston Matthews from Morgan Rielly and Zach Hyman at 7:45 in the 3rd period. An innocent dump-in took an unfortunate bounce for the Caps as it hit off the boards and right in front of the net to a waiting Matthews who didn't waste the opportunity. Caps 0, Maple Leafs 1

Caps goal: Marcus Johansson from Lars Eller and Brooks Orpik at 12:49 in the 3rd period. Eller took the puck into the offensive zone and carried it left, then dropped it for Johansson. He fought off an initial stick check and went in on net. The shot was stopped by Andersen, but it just trickled through the pads on over the line. Caps 1, Maple Leafs 1

 

Caps goal: Marcus Johansson from Justin Williams and John Carlson at 6:31 into overtime. Caps 2, Maple Leafs 1

3 Caps stars

1. Marcus Johansson: When you see Matthews score a goal like he did in the third period, it would have been so easy for the Caps to wilt. Instead, they battled back and Johansson pushed the goal through the pads of Andersen. He then finished off the series with his second of the game.

2. Justin Williams:  Mr. Clutch wanted this series to end and he played like it with another strong game.

3. Braden Holtby: After a shaky start in which a few puck trickled nervously through the Caps' netminder, he rebounded tremendously with a strong game. He made several key saves to bail out a defense that continually gave up bad turnovers in the defensive zone.

Look ahead: Games 1 against the Penguins will be in Washington on Thursday with Game 2 on Saturday.

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