NHL: Capitals rally for OT victory over Maple Leafs

  • NHL: Capitals rally for OT victory over Maple Leafs

NHL: Capitals rally for OT victory over Maple Leafs

"So we're not going away". "I think we did a great job of that all night".

Zach Hyman - The Maple Leafs winger had team-worst possession stats (11 for, 17 against, 39.3 CF%, 3-9 scoring chances) in a 3-2 overtime loss in Game One at Washington. Despite that reality, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs are paying more than any other fans for the privilege of seeing the Leafs try to defy the odds. Leafs head coach Mike Babcock is hopeful he will return for Game 2. "He's a real valuable player for us, knows how to play, he has quietly been a plus player - around seven or eight I think he is - he's got about 20 points, kills penalties for us, knows how to play". That's the best way to deal with young stars such as Mitch Marner, William Nylander and Auston Matthews and the strategy bore out when Tampa Bay did something similar one game later against Toronto.

"A confidence-builder, for sure", he said. We've had some tough games and tough moments and I've been impressed with how they've responded the next game. "We had so many opportunities to shoot and ended passing instead of shooting on the net". That's playoff hockey. Things bounce to somebody and it goes in. The four goals aren't what Shanahan admires most. Without Nikita Zaitsev to start the series, Andersen will have to freeze the puck as much as possible to keep the Caps from building momentum and allow Babcock to manage his short-handed blueline.

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They fell into the second wildcard spot and will now face the Capitals, a squad that is coming off a President's trophy as the team with the best regular-season record. Holtby's.937 playoff save percentage ranks first in National Hockey League history and his 1.87 goals-against average fourth, tops among active goalies. "Hopefully we can play them and get rid of 'em". (But) we didn't have any panic. "It's just a little step up from what I was doing before".

Holtby went to his right to make a save on James van Riemsdyk on the rush.

Justin Williams, a three-time Cup victor and annual playoff hero, scored the first of his two just as a five-on-three advantage expired.

There were two sides to the Toronto Maple Leafs' first crack at the playoffs since 2013, which doubled as the first crack for most of the team. "It's important to get a taste and understand what the game is like and what it feels like and now it's important that we leave here [tied] 1-1". Eastern for questions, comments, even venting - whatever you want to get off your mind about Game 1. Over the last 25 years, teams that have won multiple cups, have all been led by players who began their careers on the same team they led to victory. Add to that the fact that they open their first round series against the Cup-favored Capitals, and success is a near impossibility. Washington and Toronto are meeting in a playoff series for the first time.

A Toronto native and first-round pick in 2012, Wilson swiped a Martin Marincin clearing attempt along the boards and quickly fired on Andersen, his shot beating the goaltender high for the win. They got the chance a minute later when Wilson scored the victor. "Like I said, you just go out there and all of that kind of goes in the rear-view". "I was fortunate to be coached by Claude Lemieux".

The Buds are not the only Toronto sports team in the playoffs.

"There was a few players (he admired), but a guy like Darcy Tucker was a fan favourite". You need to seriously pump the brakes a little bit. Matthews found that out a year ago playing in the Swiss league playoffs.

Marner scored the first goal less than two minutes in.

"Yeah, he's Steady Eddie", Wilson said. "Every inch to get to is more hard, flat out".