It started well for the Panthers at first, because Jonathan Huberdeau took the lead for the guests in the 3rd minute. Washington replied in the first third: T.J. Oshie scored 26 seconds in front of the third end by fashionable to 1-1.
And it should come even better for the 2018 Stanley Cup winner. Marcus Johansson initially dusted back to 2-1, defender Trevor van Riemsdyk – again late in the third – 71 seconds before the second break, the third goal for The US capitals.
Ovechkin from the favorite position
Captain and superstar Alex Ovechkin, who had prepared the first goal, succeeded in 4-1 a good ten minutes before the final siren – from his usual position by direct acceptance in the power play (50th). After defense chief John Carlson also hit the empty goal with a shot from his own third (56th), Garnet Hathaway made the final 42 seconds before the end.
In the series, this leads as an outsider into the series against the best NHL team of the main round Washington with 2: 1.