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The Washington Capitals Are In A 2-1 Series Hole After An OT Loss To The Boston Bruins

from Samantha Pell of the Washington Post,

Ilya Samsonov, making his first start since May 1, was the Washington Capitals’ unlikely hero for 85 minutes in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Wednesday night. The 86th minute foiled the young goaltender.

A miscommunication with defenseman Justin Schultz behind the Capitals’ net allowed Boston’s Craig Smith to pick up a loose pick and beat Samsonov to the post with a wraparound shot, giving Boston a 3-2 win in double overtime and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 is scheduled for Friday in Boston.

“It looked like one of them went for ‘leave it’ and one went for an outlet pass,” Capitals Coach Peter Laviolette said. “There was just a little bit of a miscommunication. It was a tough break the way the game ended. I thought Sammy played a hell of a game for us. It was just tough the way it ended.”

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Below, watch the OT game wining goal.

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Down River Dan's avatar

Top 20 draft pick Here We Come.!!!  cheese

Posted by Down River Dan on 05/20/21 at 07:15 AM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Watching Mantha play these three games, I could not be happier with the trade, GREAT JOB STEVIE!

He made a nice pass on that first goal, but wow, does he look like he’s just out there on a Sunday night drop in with his bro’s.  He’s big, long legs, so 2-3 strides equates to a smaller players taking 4-5, but he just looks like’s he out there to be out there.  I mean you got Wilson and Ovie and the boys flying around, most shifts blowing right by him to lead in on the forecheck and he’s just a floating. Even on the few checks he delivered last night, I could picture him saying, oh here let me go ahead and hit you here, ok then thanks, vs. other guys steam rolling their way through contact, whether they connected or not.

I wonder what Washington fans think about him, maybe I’m biased and am seeing what I want to see to feel good about cutting ties with him.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 05/20/21 at 09:21 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Just did a cursory Twitter search and I think it slides positive.

He has 2 pts and even though he isn’t scoring, he is getting chances

But the other side is begging for him to score, calling him lazy, needs to be a 200 ft player.

One example I saw derided mantha for just standing there while ovie got cross checked in the back while fighting for the puck on the boards.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/20/21 at 09:42 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Here is a good example:

https://mobile.twitter.com/eskantor/status/1395182498443837440

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/20/21 at 09:46 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Can anyone explain the draft seeding for those eliminated in the first round? Is their position determined by the order in which they were eliminated or is it determined by their overall season-long ranking at the beginning of the first round?

As for Mantha, no one in Washington should be surprised that he’s a “floater.” Maybe the front office thought he’d be different playing with guys like Wilson and Ovie, but he is what he’s always been – a semi-interested bystander whenever there’s any sort of major effort needed.

In Vrana’s first couple of games, he looked like he was going to be the same. But he showed in his last group of games that he can play with just as much effort as Ras and Zadina and still be a high-end goal scorer.

I told a friend the other day that Yzerman should be in jail for the highway robbery he pulled off in that deal.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/20/21 at 11:15 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

I told a friend the other day that Yzerman should be in jail for the highway robbery he pulled off in that deal.

This definitely feels similar to the Athansiou or Tatar wins. Although AA and Tatar eventually found water with LA and Montreal, respectively.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/20/21 at 11:22 AM ET

Paul's avatar

OTC, via Tankathon,

- Playoff teams that did not win their divisions and did not make the conference finals, sorted by points, are assigned the next picks

-Playoff teams that won their divisions and did not make the conference finals, sorted by points, are assigned the next picks

-Conference finals losers sorted by points are assigned picks 29 and 30

-Stanley Cup runner-up is assigned pick 31

-Stanley Cup champion is assigned pick 32

You are now required to answer this when it comes up again.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/20/21 at 12:09 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

You are now required to answer this when it comes up again.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/20/21 at 12:09 PM ET

But I still don’t get it.  LOL

Okay, maybe I do. So if the Caps lose in the first round, their draft position among the others who lost in the first round is determined by their overall season standings. Right?

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/20/21 at 12:50 PM ET

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