Washington Capitals lost the first game in the Stanley Cup 2015 round of 16 at home against New York Islanders. In game two the ”caps” were in trouble once again when the guests were in a 0-2 lead. Then the home team’s superstars stepped forward.
Washington Capitals 4-3 New York Islanders
New York Islanders were in a 2-0 lead in the second period and things looked dark for Washington. However, thanks to an assist from Nicklas Bäckström Karl Alzner could reduce the lead to one goal. While Washington was pushing for the equalizer Islanders scored 1-3. Then, Alexander Ovetjkin presented himself and scored his first goal in the 2015 Stanley Cup. In the beginning of the third period Bäckström scored his third point of the game when he equalized the game 3-3. Jason Chimera then scored the decisive goal of the game, making it 4-3 to Washington and 1-1 in the series. The next game will be played in New York.
Vancouver 4-1 Calgary
Vancouver lost the first game at home in a cruel way when they let in the decisive goal with just 30 seconds left of the game. Game two became an intense story full with fights and penalties. Vancouver was the better team in the goal protocol though and won with 4-1. Daniel Sedin did his first playoff goal for the year, assisted by his twin brother Henrik. The series is now 1-1 and the next game will be played in Calgary.
Montreal 3-2 (ot) Ottawa
Before game two, Ottawa promised revenge on Montreal’s defenseman P.K. Subban after a slashing in the first game. That didn’t happen. Instead, Subban scored a goal in the middle period. This game had to go to overtime to be decided. Alex Galchenyuk scored the last goal of the game 3:40 into the overtime period, which means that Montreal now has a 2-0-lead in the series before the next game in Ottawa. The battle for eastern Canada continues…
Nashville 6-2 Chicago
In the first game Nashville lost a 3-0 lead they aquired in the first period. Chicago did three straight goals and won the game 4-3 in the second overtime period. In game two Nashville changed their tactic though: Now they scored 3 straight goals in the third period instead. The series is now tied 1-1 before game three in Chicago.