Now they have nine periods of it in what was supposed to be six periods of hockey. In the next 10, they had two.
Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) celebrates his overtime goal with center Jay Beagle (83) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Washington, Thursday, April 13, 2017.
"All the credit has to go to (Matt Martin) and (Boyle) there", Kapanen said. But you can't say they will, because mistakes pop up and the bodies are falling away and the Capitals are a good team with a usually-great goalie. But Boyle knew that might pay off. I think we are mentally and physically ready. That's why we brought him here and that's what he's been able to provide. We took advantage of that. It's fun anyway and you'd be amazed at how much energy you have. They now hold a commanding lead, and Columbus is reeling.
Everyone in the building thought the big man was headed around the net, as he had several times during the night. "You'll recognize the better play if it's there, but don't look for it and slow it down". He averages about 22 minutes of ice time a game. Instead, with Toronto's Kasperi Kapanen scoring in double OT, the series is now tied 1-1 and theoretically just getting started.
And the Leafs were heading home with hope. At some point, line-matching with one line forces you to take a disadvantageous matchup elsewhere, and Eller's line is probably where the Leafs take the hit. "It doesn't matter - playoffs or regular season".
The expectation was that the Capitals, the league's best team in the regular season, would have an easy time against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who didn't clinch their postseason berth until the second-to-last game. While the team scored 250 goals on the year, they also allowed 234 against, good for 2.85 goals against per game and 22nd in the National Hockey League. He wants to contribute.
"He doesn't have a ton of experience, but he's playing phenomenal".
In a wacky game with back-and-forth action, 12 minor penalties and Polak's injury, it was only fitting the best scoring chance in the first overtime didn't even feature a shot.
"I think it's a mindset". It became a Fast and Furious vehicle race all of a sudden, and here's the thing: when you get right down to it, that is Toronto's natural state of being. Also, stealing one in Washington could plant a seed of doubt in the President Trophy winners. The overtime victor, in the playoffs - he can build off that.
An annoying cacophony of cowbells rang loud for almost four hours in Washington D.C. on Saturday, but that racket was silenced with the clock closing in on midnight, as the Toronto Maple Leafs evened their best-of-seven playoff series with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Capitals at the Verizon Center. "When we're out there playing and we know he's behind us, it gives us that much more confidence".
Andersen had a.918 save percentage during the regular season, even with Chicago's Corey Crawford and Nashville's Pekka Rinne for eighth-best among those who'd played at least 50 games, if still a touch below the elite class of Holtby, Sergei Bobrovsky and Carey Price.
Carlson had one of the two power play goals in Saturday's game when he scored 11:06 into the second period.
So far, Toronto Coach Mike Babcock has preferred to deploy Nazem Kadri's line against the Backstrom unit.
Righting the ship might be easier to do when you are a team that has won three Stanley Cup championships in the last seven years. So many Leafs hadn't appeared in a playoff game before this week.
That first goal helped. Outside of Pittsburgh and Washington, to me the Leafs are the third-most talented group in the East. Having said that, I'll do what I have to do to win, and he'll do what he has to do to win. "In a way, yeah [it's felt like a long wait to establish himself in the NHL]".
"I really like Marty". They've got some high skill level. That's something he has wanted since he was a small child, one who grew up goofing around in the Philadelphia Flyers' dressing room where his father played. This is a series between two game teams that look in some ways to be evenly matched.
His veteran teammates have noticed that poise in this series. "So they're playing with confidence, they're competitive, they want to win, and they're great people". "That's something that really impressive".
In the middle of the third period, more and more fans on Twitter began to switch their profile picture to the "iconic" Dart Guy. I struggled with it as a young guy. "But I think we did a good job as a team backing each other up, picking each other up when we needed to". I think we came into the series from a feeling-out process.
He doesn't worry about proving he belongs anymore. You go down two and then you've got to win four out of five. "The crowd is going to be pretty excited, it's going to be an unbelievable atmosphere and as players we feed off that".style="text-align: center;"