Williams the OT hero as Caps beat Leafs in Game 5

"That's how the series is going to be and we've got to find a way to pull off one or two wins here", Kadri said.

The Maple Leafs continued their trend of "dirty" goals, when, in the second period, William Nylander fired a shot in the direction of Capitals goalie Braden Holtby and a heavily trafficked front of the net.

The Capitals plan of attack on Friday was to lay the body and wear down Leafs minute eaters like Gardiner and Rielly and they were successful, as Alex Ovechkin hammered Gardiner twice and Washington forwards furiously forechecked and cycled the puck in the Toronto zone. "We've proven to ourselves we're right there with these guys". He figures the Leafs will hang in there for as long as they can and hope for the best, but he's a happy camper knowing the future couldn't be any brighter for a team he dearly loves. "At the same time, we know Pittsburgh is coming to town and it's going to be insane".

We all know the Capitals are the better team here and could easily win this game on the road to avoid a game seven.

With those vets and emerging young players, the Leafs have established a core they hope will help them rise to the level of a team like Washington, which has been contending for Stanley Cups (though, as yet, failing) for nearly a decade. "Those are the good ones, you don't get many of those, but hey it bounced on my stick and I'm happy that it did".

And their death was sudden, after Washington scored a heart-breaking goal about six minutes into overtime. "There aren't the overwhelming favorites that we had in the past years". "I've never seen anything like it". It's been a great series to be a part of.

Auston Matthews had one shot in a quiet series opener, but he's been a wrecking ball since. And we haven't even talked about offense.

The wild card Leafs have proved a challenge for the President's Trophy winners. The more you play, the more you get to know their tendencies, (the more they) know ours.”. But now that the Capitals have Williams on their side, they always feel like they've got a shot, even when the pressure is on. "They've done a good job on that, and then obviously, they've got in our head a little bit there because we're not coming with the same kind of pace we normally do on entries".

"Trotzy (Caps coach Barry Trotz) probably thought it should have been a major and I thought there should have been no penalty", Babcock said. Ottawa Senators center Derick Brassard (19) watches as Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly (52) celebrates his goal during the second overtime of Game 5 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Fr. "The only scale in here we really have is work ethic and commitment to the team and playing the right way, playing the way we want to play". All our young guys are battling, and that's important. Ask the Capitals. While the Maple Leafs played free and easy in this series, having fun with nothing to lose and everything to gain, the Capitals were just trying to get through it to the second round.

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"For me they are an fantastic team with an unbelievable coach in Mauricio Pochettino", he told the London Evening Standard . Well, looking at both sides on paper and throughout the season, there will certainly be no shortage of quality.

The first crack came when Auston Matthews beat Holtby on an odd play in the third period, sneaking behind the defense and lifting the puck into the top shelf.

The Capitals have taken a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, one that has been much tougher than they would have thought, and can win it at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night.

The Leafs played a hell of a road game, and though it was not flawless, it couldn't have been much better (though the power play will get a serious look in the next 48 hours). But after watching game videos Saturday, the sense in the Leafs room is that it was also partly self-inflicted.

"We're generating opportunities without making the hard play", said Nylander.

It was the fifth time in in the series that the Leafs and Caps required overtime to determine a victor. It often comes in the form of a hard early-round series.

The Maple Leafs have a chance to tie the series against the regular-season champs at home on Sunday. They played four overtimes against Boston in 2012 before emerging victorious in a clinching Game 7. They've pushed the top seed in five close games.

Where the Leafs are losing this series is on special teams. "It feels like we have been playing in the playoffs for the last month now because the last part of our season it was nearly do-or-die".

"These games are good", Babcock said after an OT loss in Game 5 Friday night. "I'm just happy they went in".


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