When it’s not Ovechkin or Kuznetzov or Backstrom or Carlson but Brooks Orpik who beats you with his offensive skills (four goals, 151 career playoff games; two regular season goals in last three years) you have to be kicking yourself.
It feels like the Canes blew any remote chance they had in this series with Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Caps just 108 seconds into overtime. Now, instead of stealing home ice advantage, they return to Carolina, where they will fall behind 3-0 in the best of seven series.
The defending champs have a recent history of being road warriors in the playoffs.
Last year, they won their first four games away from home and then finished with a 10-3 post-season record as visitors.
And in taking a 2-0 lead on the Canes in this year’s opening round, they have a combined total of one goal from Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuzetzov and John Carlson.
Expect that to change when the Caps take a stranglehold on the series tonight.