In all of the peaks and valleys of the Capitals’ loss Sunday to the Bruins, there’s one moment that will hopefully take Capitals fans a long time to forget: the 4-on-3 disadvantage that faced their team from the end of the second period and into the beginning of the third.
Imagine the mental strain it takes to make it through approximately 17 minutes knowing you have the remainder of a 4-on-3 to kill off in what’s a do-or-die game for your opponent. That opponent also happens to have the athlete with the hardest slapshot in the NHL playing on their man advantage. The score is tied, so there is no room for error. You’ve been one of the team leaders in penalty kill minutes in the postseason, so you know your number is likely to be called.
That was the world of penalty killers Brooks Laich, Karl Alzner and Jay Beagle Sunday after Matt Hendricks took a tripping penalty with less than a minute left in the second period and joined teammate Troy Brouwer in the penalty box.
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