With the Capitals pushing the pace late in the third period, they heard the cruelest sound they could have — twice.
In a third period dominated by the Capitals, they came just inches away from taking a one-goal lead as both Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson rang the iron with the score tied. Should either one of them have scored, the Capitals would almost certainly be prepping for Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead and the wind at their backs.
Instead, they’ll be fighting against a massive hole with tired legs.
The Bruins controlled the pace for nearly the entirety of the first overtime period and capitalized on a miscommunication between goalie Ilya Samsonov and defenseman Justin Schultz in the second overtime, as the Capitals lost 3-2 in a game they were mere inches away from winning in regulation.
“I thought the second and third periods were really strong periods for us, especially the third period, the entire period,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “There were a lot of opportunities there; I think we hit the post two or three times in the period and had lots of looks and couldn’t get it to drop. In the overtime I thought we got away from that skating game a little bit. You got to skate, you got to move out there.”
After a first period loaded with penalties (and just 8:43 of five-on-five play), the Capitals settled down and controlled the game on both ends of the ice for the final 40 minutes. They allowed