For the fourth time this series, the Caps and Maple Leafs had to decide things in overtime. This time it was Washington that was victorious as the Caps earned a 2-1 overtime win in what was a crazy game.
Here is a recap of the three bold predictions for Game 5.
1. This will be the lowest scoring game of the series thus far - Correct
Both teams combined for only three goals in Game 5. Prior to that, the lowest scoring game of the series was Game 1 with five. I hope you took the under.
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2. Alex Ovechkin will get over 20 minutes of ice time – Wrong, but just barely
Ovechkin had only 19:29 of ice time which stinks for me. That is well above the 15 to 16 minutes he was getting in Toronto, but not above his playing time from Game 1 or Game 2, though Game 2 is inflated by the double overtime.
3. Washington will get at least three power plays - Correct
The Caps were on the power play three times on Friday which was surprising because it sure felt like more. Game 5 was a hugely physical affair and it always seemed like there was someone in the box.
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Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.
Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.
The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.
Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.
With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)
Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.
Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.
Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to CapFriendly.
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