With their backs against the wall, the Washington Capitals came out for Game 4 on fire. The Capitals lit up the Toronto Maple Leafs for four goals in the first period. The barrage of goals were highlighted by Game 1 hero and Toronto native Tom Wilson, who scored twice in the opening period.
Wilson was all over the place in the first period, feeling the energy of playing in his hometown. But one sequence may be the play of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Maple Leafs’ Morgan Reilly fired off a shot at Holtby. The puck got past the Capitals’ goalie but just before it crossed the goal line, Wilson made a goal-saving lunge keeping the puck out of the net.
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Lars Eller got the loose puck and skated down the ice and spun before getting off the shot. There was Wilson, who started the sequence, deflecting the puck past Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen for his first of two goals.
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Wilson’s save kept Toronto from scoring the equalizer in a 2-1 game. Then his hustle to get back down the ice and score swung the score to 3-1. With the Capitals squandering back-to-back games in the series in overtime, they are playing desperate down 2-1 in the series to the young and pesky Maple Leafs. Wilson’s effort in the first period is what you hope for from a team playing out of desperation.