In this week's Penn Quarter Sports Tavern Q&A Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan talk about T.J. Oshie's return, whether the Caps' core is too old and what to do with Evgeny Kuznetsov.
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The beginning of Wednesday's clash with the Maple Leafs was not pretty for the Capitals.
A pair of goals by Toronto gave them an early lead midway through the first period. But a snipe by Jakub Vrana towards the end of the first frame cut the deficit in half entering the first intermission.
But during the second period, all of a sudden, a switch flipped for the Capitals attack. Washington found the back of the net three times in under 90 seconds, turning a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead.
The first came from Evgeny Kuznetsov, who finished with a beautiful move to sneak the puck past Maple Leafs' goalie Michael Hutchinson's glove.
Just 11 seconds later, Nicklas Backstrom found the back of the net on a beautiful wrister from T.J. Oshie to put the Capitals ahead.
To complete the trifecta, John Carlson's one-timer from Alex Ovechkin went right in between Hutchinson's legs, giving the Capitals a 4-2 lead.
At the end of the second period, the Capitals hold the same 4-2 lead. Just 20 minutes separate the Capitals from their fourth victory of the season.
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Elena Delle Donne is having quite the week.
First, she and the Mystics won the WNBA championship. Tuesday night, she threw out the first pitch before Game 4 of the NLCS — which the Nationals won to advance to the World Series, in case you missed it. Finally, on Wednesday night, she dropped the ceremonial first puck at the Capitals game and read the starting lineup to the team in the locker room.
The Capitals started Carl Hagelin, Evgeny Kuznetzov, Tom Wilson, John Carlson, Jonas Siegenthaler and Ilya Samsonov.
Washington trails Toronto, 2-1, at the end of the first period.
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