The reigning team of the tournament, Washington had lost two straight games against Carolina and had to win in order to not end up in a real uphill battle in the series.
the Team lifted significantly and did not give the guests any chance to even get into the match.
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– Yes, this was clearly our best match in this series. We played Caps hockey says Nicklas Bäckström to Aftonbladet.
– During the matches down there, we came not up in the normal standard, but now so. It is, however, required that we hold on to this and plays the same way in Raleigh when we will be back there on Monday.
Backstrom scored and scored the first two goals, and was then for two assists.
– I get nice passes and has some fluency in the finishing details. Especially the beat (Alexander) the national hockey league fine assist. They are on to him very tight now so he plays instead of shoot and it may well I take advantage of, " says the swede, who now lies second in the overtime scoring.
He also received much praise from coach Todd Reirden.
show the way and they did. The leadership they showed before the game was important, " says Reirden at a press conference after the match, referring to Backstrom and the national hockey league.
Reirden also hailed home crowd, who, throughout the match, gave loud support to their team. They on their side had eggats on the damaged star T J Oshie.
”I want you to sound properly in the night for my guys, I want to hear you on tv,” he wrote on Twitter before the match. Oshie went on a whack in the matchseriens third fight and has a broken clavicle. It is uncertain when he can play again.
Washington leads the series 3-2 and the next match played late on Tuesday, Swedish time.