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The Afternoon Narrative: That 5-on-3 (Part Deux), That Third Period (Part Deux) and Zebras

April 20th, 2017 at 2:26 PM
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1. With seven seconds left in the second period and a faceoff to Braden Holtby‘s left, the Caps were moments away from surviving a late-stanza Leafs’ push and getting to intermission with a two-goal lead. The good news? They made it. The bad news? In those seven seconds, the Caps managed to take two penalties (Lars Eller putting his hand on the puck in the scrum following the draw, which is a no-no, and Brooks Orpik hacking Mitch Marner’s stick in half four hockey seconds later), setting up a nearly full two-minute five-on-three Leafs advantage to start the third period (on fresh ice, no less).

The parallels to the Caps’ Game 3 opportunity were obvious, if not perfectly analogous (being up two goals versus down a pair changes the calculus some). But the results were the same: nada. Here‘s how it went down:

That’s five shots on goal – including three from 15 feet or closer and one from 21 feet out – and another two that missed the net. That’s a whole lot of Braden Holtby being Braden Holtby, with some help from the guys in front of him:

The Leafs eventually did get that third goal to cut the lead in half, of course, but who knows what happens if they get it in those first two minutes?

On a tangentially related note, the Caps have now spent more time at 5-on-3 in the playoffs than they did during the regular season. How about that?

2. Despite not capitalizing on that five-on-three, for the second-straight game, the Leafs took it to …

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Tags: April 20, 2017, Braden Holtby, Brooks Orpik, Capitals, Frederik Andersen, Here, Lars Eller, Maple Leafs, Nicklas Backstrom, Per Natural Stat Trick, Roberto Luongo, The League initiated a review and determined the following

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