WASHINGTON (WNCN) – Brock McGinn scored in double overtime to beat the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals and advance to the second round against the New York Islanders.
The Hurricanes and Capitals played more than 30 minutes of overtime hockey.
Goaltender Petr Mrazek made 34 stops on 37 shots.
Justin Williams, also known as “Mr. Game 7,” assisted on the game-winning goal.
The Capitals came out of the gate hot. Andre Burakovsky stole the puck along the right-wing boards and skated into the slot before picking his corner on Petr Mrazek. They doubled their lead less than seven minutes in when Alex Ovechkin dangled past the Carolina defense before feeding an open Tom Wilson.
Sebastian Aho got the Hurricanes on the board near the midway point of the second period when he beat Braden Holtby for a shorthanded goal.
Evgeny Kuznetsov’s laser restored Washington’s two-goal lead less than four minutes later, but back-to-back goals from Teuvo Teravainen and Jordan Staal knotted the game at 3-3.
Brock McGinn dove to sweep Ovechkin’s try at a game-winner in the final minutes of regulation out of the crease.