Despite an ugly start Saturday night in Vancouver, after 40 minutes the Capitals had managed to tie the score heading into the third period. But Washington had no answer for the Canucks’ frenzied push to take control of the contest in the third.
Alex Ovechkin took an interference penalty in the offensive zone 4 minutes and 15 seconds into the final frame. It was a call that Coach Bruce Boudreau questioned after the game and while the penalty had expired three seconds before Henrik Sedin scored to make it 5-4 Canucks, the scramble in front of the net began in the final ticks of the power play.
“You try to take some positives that we came back in the second but at the same time they really pushed in the third and we weren’t there,” Mike Knuble said. “We knew it was coming, it was going to happen, they were going to make a good push there. We didn’t respond. I think that’s what’s the most frustrating is the last 20 minutes more than anything.”
In the next 4 minutes and 7 seconds, Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre would each add their second goals of the evening, making it a thorough, convincing Canucks win.
“They get the first one, sort of generates more energy in the building,” Boudreau said. “Then, all of a sudden, we sort of sag for about five minutes there and the game’s over.”