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Capitals explode with back-to-back goals 27 seconds apart to gain control, win Game 5

 

Everyone within the Capitals entire organization legacy is on the line in Game 5 versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. It appears the players recognize that. After Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky’s beautiful give-and-go to tie the game early in the third period, the Capitals woke up and exploded for back-to-back goals within 27 seconds of each other.

First Evgeny Kuznetsov got on the board with a nice wrister off a tough angle. John Carlson kept the puck in the offensive zone. Then Marcus Johansson fired off a slap shot that bounced of the pad of Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. But, Kuznetsov gathered the rebound firing on the shortside for the go-ahead goal for the Capitals.

Less than a half-minute later, the Great 8 got on the board. Alex Ovechkin, who struggled for much of the game, put all the worries to bed with an insurance goal 7:27 into the third period.

Ovechkin charged past the blue line with a goal on his mind. His first attempt was blocked by Ron Hainsey. However, Ovechkin stayed with the play getting the puck back and firing it right past Fleury for the Capitals third goal of the period.

It’s ironic Ovechkin’s goal followed Kuznetsov’s go-ahead goal. Prior to Game 5, Kuznetsov backed his captain after subpar performance this series, by predicting the fellow Russian would score a goal. Ovechkin delivered on Kuzy’s prediction.

The Capitals took a commanding 4-2 lead thanks to the barrage of goals in the third period. They were able to hold off, the defending Stanley Cup champions to force a Game 6 in Pittsburgh on Monday.

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