Matt Niskanen (Caps Outsider)
Game four is in the books with the Capitals beating the Leafs 5-4 in regulation – the first game of this series not decided in overtime. After losing back-to-back games in overtime, a regulation win for the Capitals is a welcome change in pace as they head back to Washington for game five with the series tied.
But while the win itself is positive, the struggle against the young Leafs team isn’t lost on the score sheet. The Caps can score, whether it’s Alex Ovechkin or the (perhaps less obvious) Tom Wilson, who both lead the team with three goals, and they’re finding chances through the pressure coming from the Leafs skaters. However, the Leafs have found their own chances which is where the issue lies.
In the past, the Capitals have struggled with defensive liabilities. I’ll be the first to admit that despite loving Mike Green and his scoring abilities, he had a tendency to leave the Caps vulnerable at times. This was easily seen by looking at the scoresheet,…
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