The Stat Line Of The Night — 4/19/11 — Dave Bolland
The Stat Line Of The Night — 4/20/11 — Marcus Johansson
For a moment it seemed like Déjà Vu all over again. The Washington Capitals qualified for the playoffs as the top team in the Eastern Conference, but after taking a 2-0 series lead, they were only 20 minutes away from allowing the New York Rangers to get right back in the series with a Game 4 victory. A 2-2 series and the possibility of exiting in the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row seemed all but certain, until the Capitals were saved by a rather unlikely source.
After Alexander Semin scored less than three minutes into the third period to pull the Capitals to within two, it was Marcus Johansson’s turn to play hero. The 20-year-old center would record his first goal of the post-season less than one-minute later, before eventually scoring the game-tying goal and completing the improbable comeback for the Capitals.
Jason Chimera’s goal in double-overtime would help make sure that Johansson’s two-goal effort didn’t go to waste, as Washington took a 3-1 stranglehold on the series, thanks to the 4-3 victory. Chimera may be anointed as the overtime hero, but it is Marcus Johansson who earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, April 20, 2011.