There is something to be said about motivation. For teams like the Washington Capitals, who are on the brink of being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, motivation and drive are constant companions. In the nation's capital Saturday afternoon, the home team faced a do-or-die situation against the Philadelphia Flyers and set the tone from the start.
The Capitals were determined not be eliminated and it showed all the way to my living room in Texas. Possibly one of the best goals I've seen this post season was scored during this game thanks to the motivation and determination not to quit.
In the beginning of the second period Sergei Fedorov scored a beautiful goal on Martin Biron of the Flyers, but the inspiring part is not with Federov, but his teammate Alexander Ovechkin. In front of the net, Ovechkin was back to chest with a Flyers defensemen and as he witnessed Federov break for the net he shifted his weight to set a basketball type pick to give his teammate more space for the shot. This is a perfect example of why Ovechkin is going to be very rewarded at the NHL awards at the end of the year and is a front runner for the 2008 Armer Award.
The first period only saw one goal scored for the Capitals, coming on the power play from Nicklas Backstrom at 7:31.
The second period began with big hits and fast paced play by the Capitals, and the Flyers merely looking like confused bobble heads. At one point the Flyers only had one shot in 15 minutes. That’s quite a way to tell your goaltender “we’re counting on you to win it for us."
Scoring in the second period began with the impressive Sergei Fedorov goal mentioned above at 1:25 giving the Caps a 2-0 lead. The Flyers rippled the mesh for the first time at 12:35 on a power play goal from Vaclav Prospal.
The third would see much of the same type of action with a power play goal by Alexander Semin for the Capitals and the Flyers would make it a one goal game again with a Derian Hatcher goal at 15:17.
Game 6 will be in Philadelphia on Monday at 7pm Eastern time. The Capitals much like my Ducks will look to rebound from being down in the series 3 games to 2. Game 6 should prove an exciting series. For more information on the Caps- Flyers series tune into Alan Bass's writings here on Bleacher Report.