dglobalnews.com Kapanen scores double OT winner as Leafs beat Capitals 4-3
Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

Kapanen scores double OT winner as Leafs beat Capitals 4-3

Kapanen scores double OT winner as Leafs beat Capitals 4-3

We got to go into Toronto, regroup and go win a hockey game in Toronto. Good team hockey up and down the ice. There were points Saturday night when hockey extending into Easter Sunday morning seemed probable, when the most significant problem afoot was the fact that Metro was closing at midnight, and Verizon Center went from some version of insane to comparatively subdued.

While there are many Maple Leafs players who have already stepped up, the team has even more potential to show over the next few seasons. In fact, they have yet to score in the postseason.

An NHL rookie this season, Zaitsev wasn't sure how he'd fare in his first playoff game - especially off an injury. "I think we had a lot of respect for them coming in".

Game 3 is Monday night in Toronto.

Kapanen's celebration fit the moment, and the Leafs absolutely mobbed him.

Babcock hopes his team will get more pucks on net in Game 2. They can play. You gotta play them hard. They've got a good attitude, they like to laugh, and they don't mind a good tightening once in a while to get them back on track. Toronto won 4-3 in two overtimes.

"It's OK. Nobody said we we're going to win (four games to none)", Ovechkin said. "Maybe we were a little bit nervous, maybe kind of feel the pressure a little bit".

How can the Caps try to beat Andersen with more consistency? But you know what?

The third-youngest playoff team in the NHL this season (behind Edmonton and Columbus) took the league-best Capitals to overtime in both Game 1 and Game 2.

Put all that junk aside, because we're not there - yet.

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These teams have gotten very familiar with each other through two games in the series. Because Washington, should it shake Toronto, would face the victor of the Pittsburgh-Columbus series in the next round, it's hard not to simultaneously pay attention to that series, too.

Nashville 5, (at) Chicago 0: Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in his second straight shutout and picked up two assists, helping the Predators pound the Blackhawks for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

The Leafs meanwhile are right back in the series thanks to a spectacular game two effort from youngster Kasperi Kapanen who netted two goals including the double OT victor and are now playing back at home in the ACC. Toronto has ridden the play of their youngsters all season long and the playoffs have been no different and with the likes of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and the like being leaned on to carry the bulk of the offense against Alex OVechkin, Nick Backstrom and company it should make for an exciting series that could go much longer than people anticipated coming in.

Because they lost, the Caps can also lament how they played. The Caps know that. "We deserved to win and I'm just really happy about the outcome". We got on our heels right away tonight.

The Leafs will be feeling plenty confident when they host Game 3 at the Air Canada Centre on Monday night. You've got to be aware of where he is.

Only now, after two wacky, cartoonish roller-coaster rides where one minute the Leafs are barely hanging on and the next they are the Katzenjammer Kids, roaring around and driving the adults insane, there really is hope. But don't think for a second they can't win a series - this series.

"It really goes a long way when your coach looks you in the eye and says you have earned the right to be here, you have earned the right to compete and play with these guys and then we go out there and we've put forth an effort that we can be proud of". So many Leafs hadn't appeared in a playoff game before this week.

"We expect a long series against Toronto", veteran forward Justin Williams said, "and we'll battle as long as we have to".

There were periods this season where even Matthews was held off the scoresheet for a while, but the team was winning and the big center was doing other things to help.

Undeterred, Kapanen evened it up at two on the shift after Polak's injury. Four of those 10 games in which the Capitals scored twice happened during the 2016 playoffs.

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