I almost cried [when I heard the chants]”, Samsonov said. “Thank you, fans. It was important. Thank you, team. many blocks today. It is very important that we play together, and we have achieved good results. “
Washington have a 2-1 lead in Florida, while Game 4 was set for Monday night in Chinatown. The Capitals, who are playing without injury winner Tom Wilson, have come out on top against the Panthers as heavy underdogs and are keen to retain their power.
“This game – if we don’t follow, then it’s up to us,” said Capitals Coach Peter Laviolette. “It should point to from now on. We need to make sure that our minds know where they are. Our preparation, our work, our details: This should be very important. “
The Capitals bounced back from the first leg 1-0 and took a 3-1 lead in the final. Washington continued to make its chances late. Captain Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal in a Stanley Cup match between the third and a powerful explosion that defeated Florida footballer Sergei Bobrovsky.
Defender John Carlson added a blank netter with 4:20 left in the third, and Garnet Hathaway scored by just one minute.
“These guys have done a very good job since they left,” said winner TJ Oshie. “The win could have been 6-1, but we didn’t score our first goal for a while, and we had to covet for a while and keep going.”
Samsonov’s only mistake was early – a goal from Jonathan Huberdeau of Florida that came just 2:45 in the game. It was Florida’s second shot on goal. Huberdeau was crushed by Ovechkin on the other end of the ice but then ran to the upset spot and pulled the tip over to Samsonov.
Washington returned, however, with goals from Oshie, Marcus Johansson, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Ovechkin, Carlson and Hathaway.
Johansson recalls: “We had a hard time coming out. “We answered. The final game offended us a little bit, and we played a good 60 minutes. “
The Capitals matched at the end of the first half, when Oshie diverted Ovechkin’s shot through an electronic game. It was Oshie’s second goal in the series and Ovechkin’s third support in the postseason.
Johansson then scored with a beautiful backhand at 9:51 second.
Anthony Mantha, who has played the best hockey this season, started playing with his heavy nose. His back-to-back shot fell to defending Panthers defender Ben Chiarot before he took Johansson and buried it in the front. Johansson also gave credit to Samsonov, who strongly suspended Alexander Barkov of Florida for the previous change.
“It was a tremendous rescue,” Johansson said. “Sammy was an unbeliever to us tonight. He kept us in there when we needed him. This is how you want the game to go. He saves a lot, and then we go the other way and get one. It makes a big difference.”
Van Riemsdyk’s goal at 18:49 second from left made it 3-1.
The Capitals opened the second half with two winning penalties, leaving them 9 out of 9 on the list against Florida’s biggest offense. The two fatal runs substituted Johansson’s goal in the middle of the second.
“We’ve had a lot of storage space when things go awry, and it’s very important for PK,” said van Riemsdyk. “They’re obviously an unbelieving group. … I am confident that he will be back in the next game to try to put the puck in the net, and we must do everything we can to change that.
Bobrovsky looked sharp on this list. But in Game 3, he left a lot of rebounds to catch, and the Capitals, after a chance to miss the first, took a lot of money.
Samsonov admitted in Washington to Vitek Vanecek, founder of Game 1 and 2 in Sunrise, Fla. Vanecek saved 30 openings but conceded five goals in 18 appearances in Game 2.
Wilson, who suffered minor injuries in Game 1 and is still on a daily basis, missed his second straight game. Without him, rookie Connor McMichael made the first appearance on his team.
“We are a very successful team,” Laviolette said. “We had 100 points [in the regular season], and our goal-scorers were a big part of it. That’s how we went with two young players in their second year. That is why they all had very good moments and played very well, but this is how we have worked in the last two years, and they have done a good job. “