- Johansson (center) celebrates his first NHL goal, which cut the Capitals deficit to 2-1. (Photo: Associated Press)
Regardless of how the game ends up, tonight will be a night that Marcus Johansson remembers for the rest of his life. The 20-year-old Swedish center scored his first NHL goal on a quickfire wrist shot from the face-off circle to Boston goalie Tim Thomas's left at 7:42 of the second period. As a result, the Caps face a more manageable 2-1 deficit after two periods of play at the Verizon Center.
Johansson's goal came as the result of a defensive misplay behind the Boston net by Matt Hunwick. Jason Chimera took possession and fired a quick centering pass to a streaking Johansson, who fired home past the pads of Thomas.
The Capitals were able to keep the defict at one goal with some sterling penalty killing in the second period. The home team was able to kill off 53 seconds of a Boston two-man advantage midway through the period. With Tomas Fleischmann already off for hooking at 8:59, John Erskine mistakenly sent the puck into the crowd from his defensive zone, earning a delay of game penalty at 10:06. The Bruins were only able to get one shot on net during the two-man advantage, and the Capitals kept their 100% record of killing penalties alive.
In all, Capitals opponents have had 25 power plays so far this season, and the Capitals have killed off all 25 of them.
As has often been the case so far this season, it looks like we're in for a great finish to this one, so stay tuned for the third period.