— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 14, 2017
Game 1’s hero of the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs first-round series is none other than Toronto native Tom Wilson. Wilson sniped a beauty top shelf over the shoulder of Maple Leafs’ goalie Frederik Andersen 5:15 into overtime to give the Capitals the 3-2 win and 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Wilson gloved the puck for a takeaway in the offensive zone, then after dropping the puck, ripped the puck at an angle that Andersen never quite saw it.
First career playoff goal for Wilson in his 29th game. #CapsLeafs
— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) April 14, 2017
Tom Wilson, who had a Darcy Tucker #Leafs jersey as a kid and was big Ed Belfour, Mats Sundin and Shayne Corson fan, beats boyhood team.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) April 14, 2017
Wilson’s first career NHL playoff goal capped a Capitals three-goal rally. Toronto jumped on Washington early, as Mitch Marner scored his first career playoff goal 1:35 into the first period. The 19-year plucked the puck through the net off the rebound off James van Riemsdyk’s shot on goal. Eight minutes later, Jake Gardiner beat Holtby to give the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead.
Initially the goal was waved off for goal interference. However, Toronto coach Mike Babcock challenged the call and after an officials review, the call on the ice was overturned and the goal counted.
But Justin Williams showed his Stanley Cup resolve, scoring two unanswered goals to tie the game at 2-2. His first goal came on a power play in the first period, as he redirected T.J. Oshie’s shot into the net to cut the Capitals’ deficit 2-1. Then in second period he swiped the puck through the net off a kick save by Andersen, who stopped 41 shots in an impressive start, to tie the game.
Braden Holtby, rebounded from his two-goal hiccups in the first period to stop the final 24 shots on goal he faced.
Game 2 will be Saturday night at the Verizon Center, as Washington tries to jump out to a 2-0 series lead before the series shifts to Toronto.