We’ve got a tie series! The Caps split two games in Toronto after a 5-4 win in Game 4 and now return home with the series tied at 2.
Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions for Game 4.
1. Alex Ovechkin will get over 23 minutes of ice time – Not even close
Interestingly enough, Ovechkin’s ice time for Game 4 was still low at just 16:31. That’s not enough. Granted, the third period started with the Caps being on the five on three penalty kill for almost an entire two minutes. That cuts into Ovechkin’s minutes for sure, but Trotz still needs to find a way to get his best player out on the ice. And while we are on the subject of playing time, Daniel Winnik got 6:37 and Brett Connolly just 4:26. Has Trotz lost faith in his fourth line?
2. Toronto will take a goalie interference penalty - Wrong
I am tempted to give myself half a point here because Toronto’s fourth goal was reviewed for goalie interference, but the goal stood and, to be honest, that play wasn’t goalie interference. The referees made the correct call. The disallowed goal for Nate Schmidt? Well, that’s a different story, but I digress. I thought Toronto would be much more physical with Holtby, but they really didn’t change what they have been doing which makes sense. They are getting over three goals per game against Holtby, there’s no reason to change anything.
3. Whoever scores first will win - Correct
Washington took the early 2-0 lead and finished the first period up 4-1. The rest of the game was no cakewalk though, as the Caps escaped with just a one-goal victory. That big win we all keep expecting from Washington, that 4-1 or 5-0 breakout win we all expected to see may not be coming. But, so long as the Caps escape this series, no one will care how big their margin of victory was.
2017 Predictions: The playoffs, in general, are hard to predict and this series is proving to be no different.
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