Capitals slip-up in double overtime costs them in Game 3 loss to Bruins

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Caps slip in double overtime to drop Game 3 to Bruins originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Brad Marchand scored the game-tying third-period goal and Craig Smith won it in the second overtime period as the Boston Bruins downed the Capitals 3-2 in overtime to take a 2-1 series lead. Now three games in, all three games of the series have gone to overtime. Game 4 will take place on Friday in Boston.

Here is how the loss happened.

Taylor Hall's slick hands

Despite playing in his first game since May 1 and making his Stanley Cup playoff debut, Ilya Samsonov was fantastic in net for Washington. He stopped all 10 shots he faced in the first period and was not beaten until the second...and it took an incredible play just to do it.

A defensive zone turnover left the Caps scrambling in their own end and Boston took advantage. Taylor Hall found himself alone in front of the net and Craig Smith pulled off a nice backhand pass to set him up. From there, Hall showed off the skills as he spun himself to go from backhand to forehand, then somehow managed to tuck the puck into the top shelf over a sprawling Samsonov.

A late power play

Washington held a 2-1 lead in the third period, but handed Boston an opportunity to tie it with a high-sticking penalty with just nine minutes remaining in regulation.

Nic Dowd was called for the infraction but, to that point, the penalty kill had stood tall going a perfect 4-for-4 on the night. That ended as Brad Marchand, standing on the back door, was able to whack a puck out of the air and into the back of the net to tie the game at 2 and force overtime.

A miscommunication

Samsonov was so good in this game, it stinks that it had to end the way that it did, but a miscommunication between him and Justin Schultz cost Washington the game.

In double overtime, Samsonov went behind the net to slow the puck and he left it there for Schultz. Instead of Schultz, however, Smith zipped in, picked up the puck and stuffed it before either Schultz or Samsonov could recover.

Samsonov made 18 saves in the overtimes as the Caps were reeling, but it's a sour end to a great playoff debut for the young netminder.