After an abysmal start, the Caps got it together and rallied for a thrilling 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 on Thursday.
Here's a recap of the three bold predictions for the game.
1. Washington will be outshot in the first period - Correct
The Caps were outshot 15-12 in the first period and 10-3 to start the second before they really put things together, but this prediction was about more than just shots. I thought Washington would be outplayed in the first period so I wanted a quantifiable way to judge that other than score since goals are harder to come by in the playoffs. As it turns out, I was right in that they were outshot and right in that they were outplayed.
2. Alex Ovechkin will score - Wrong
Ovechkin was kept off the scoresheet, but the Leafs had no answer for Justin Williams who scored twice in regulation to erase the Caps' two-goal deficit.
3. Washington will give up two or fewer power plays - Correct
Toronto only had one power play on the night and it came in the first period as Lars Eller was called for cross checking Martin Marincin. The Caps' penalty kill played exceptionally well, however, and it did not end up costing Washington.
2017 playoff results: Despite the start to the game, the Caps got the playoffs started right with a win. I also started things off on the right foot with two correct predictions.