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Caps explode for 3 goals in the third period to save Game 5 and the season

Caps explode for 3 goals in the third period to save Game 5 and the season

Final score: Washington Capitals 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 2

How it happened: It looked like more of the same for the Caps as they jumped out to a lead in shots on goal, but the Penguins struck first in the first period with a goal from Carl Hagelin. Washington was able to tie it with just 30 seconds remaining in the first period, however, as Andre Burakovsky showed off a nice curl and drag move before firing the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury. Pittsburgh retook the lead in the second period with a one-time from Phil Kessel on the power play. Just when it felt that all hope was lost, Nicklas Backstrom struck in the third period to tie the game. Then Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin scored within 27 seconds of one another to blow this game open for Washington.

What it means:  The win extends the series to six games with Game 6 coming in Pittsburgh. Washington trails in the series 3-2 and still must win their next two games.

Penguins goal: Carl Hagelin from Ron Hainsey and Nick Bonino at 10:24 in the 1st period. With the puck on the boards in the defensive zone, four Caps players collapsed on one side leaving Wilson alone to cover the rest of the ice. Hagelin found a lane in between and fired off the shot for the goal. Caps 0, Penguins 1

Caps goal: Andre Burakovsky from Lars Eller and Kevin Shattenkirk at 19:30 in the 1st period. Eller entered the offensive zone and dropped the pass back to Burakovsky. Burakovsky pulled off the nasty curl and drag to get away from Matt Cullen and beat Marc-Andre Fleury with the wrister. Caps 1, Penguins 1

Penguins goal: Phil Kessel (power play) from Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby at 4:20 in the 2nd period. The Penguins put on a passing clinic on the power play, giving the Caps fits with the triangle until Malkin was able to hit Kessel on the far side. Kessel hit the perfect shot that hit off the post, off the blocker and into the net. Caps 1, Penguins 2

Caps goal: Nicklas Backstrom from Andre Burakovsky at 2:49 in the 3rd period. Backstrom and Burakovsky tag-teamed a rush up the left side with Backstrom finishing off the play with a beautiful wrister. Caps 2, Penguins 2

Caps goal: Evgeny Kuznetsov from Marcus Johansson and John Carlson at 7:20 in the 3rd period. A shot from Johansson was blocked and fell to Kuznetsov at the goal line, He had pretty much no angle to shoot on, but still snuck the puck past Fleury to give Washignton the lead. Caps 3, Penguins 2

Caps goal: Alex Ovechkin from Lars Eller and Nate Schmidt at 7:47 in the 3rd period. Ovechkin took the puck from center ice, skated into the offensive zone, fired a shot that was blocked by Ron Hainsey, but collected the rebound and rifled a shot that beat the glove of Fleury. It came just 27 seconds after Kuznetsov's go-ahead goal. Caps 4, Penguins 2

3 Caps stars

1. Barry Trotz: With the season on the line, Trotz made a bold move by moving Ovechkin to the third line and switching Burakovskly to the first. How did that go? Two points for Burakovsky, a goal for the Great 8 and a Game 5 win.

2. Andre Burakovsky: That was a nasty curl and drag for the goal. The Caps needed more secondary scoring and the onus was put on Burakovsky as Trotz tabbed him to start the game on the first line. The lines shuffled throughout the game, but Burakovsky responded with a first period goal and an assist on Backstrom's game-tying tally in the third.

3. Nicklas Backstrom: As the clock ticked in the third period, it began to feel like all was lost...until Backstrom wristed one past Fleury to put the Caps right back in it.

Look ahead: The series returns to Pittsburgh for Game 6 on Monday. If necessary, Game 7 will be in Washington on Wednesday.

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Hath's Heroes is keeping Garnet Hathaway busy during the quarantine

Hath's Heroes is keeping Garnet Hathaway busy during the quarantine

Like the rest of us, Capitals' winger Garnet Hathaway is just trying to stay sane and helping out where he can.

His charity, Hath's Heroes, which provides meals to first responders, is especially important in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Hath's Heroes started working with Capitals' Chef Robert "Robbie" Wood to provide even more meals to first responders, which Wood is matching, plus an additional meal to a high-risk individual in need.

“Chef Robbie has been serving the Caps for a long time and makes unbelievable food, I can attest to it, and they also have a great initiative with Kid Power and DC Central Kitchen," Hathaway said on the Capitals Talk Podcast.

While many are fortunate to be able to work from home or be with family during the pandemic, first responders are out on the front lines.

“It’s the social responsibility of staying safe, keeping your distance and trying to stay healthy and protecting those around you," Hathaway said. "So I feel that’s where we can all feel great about helping somebody, by taking responsibility for your actions and helping out if you can."

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Doing one's part is important to flatten the curve and Hathaway says donations of any amount are appreciated.

“For donations, if you can, if you have the opportunity to and you’re capable of, any amount really does make a difference.”

When he's not working with Hath's Heroes, Hathaway has been spending time with his fianceé and dog and trying to learn the Harmonica he got for Christmas. "Silent Night" was the first song he learned to play.

“Months away from the Christmas season, but I think I’ll be ready by then," Hathaway said.

Aside from downtime, Hathaway has taken solace in finding structure in his day.

“I think the biggest thing is trying to find a structure that works, that I can stay physically healthy and mentally healthy." 

“For everyone that’s feeling cooped up in their house, they gotta stay active and they gotta get some fresh air and they gotta stay healthy," Hathaway said.

While everyone has been binge-watching Netflix's hit documentary "Tiger King," Hathaway says he hasn't had the opportunity to watch yet.

“I might be the only person in America not watching Tiger King, but that’s not to say that I won’t get there at some point."

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Bachelorette's Dylan Barbour on which Caps player he most identifies with

Bachelorette's Dylan Barbour on which Caps player he most identifies with

In a fun Twitter thread Wednesday, the Nashville Predators said which NHL teams notable Bachelor and Bachelorette alum align with.

The Caps lucked out and got the dependable Dylan Barbour who is "solid" and "committed," a testament that Barbour himself agreed with.

"It's the Caps' year," Barbour told NBC Sports Washington in a private message on Twitter. "They're dependable. Committed is great."

Although Barbour doesn't consider himself a hockey fan, he said he would most identify with "whoever the nice handsome one is."

Though Barbour doesn't seem to be a big enough Caps fan to know that most fans would give that award to Tom Wilson, he was nice enough to say he thinks it's the Caps' year.

And we've successfully created a new Tom Wilson stan!

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