Mike Weber chipped the puck away from the crease. It ended up on the stick of a Pittsburgh Penguin.
It’s not the first defensive turnover to lose a game this playoffs. We saw the same from Nate Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov. But in sudden death overtime against a hated foe to whom the Caps have lost 7 out of 8 playoff series, it burns.
Barry Trotz chose to give a sweater to Mike Weber over Nate Schmidt, a demonstrably better player. Whatever you think of Mike Weber’s play, the fact that he was playing in overtime was the true mistake.
The Caps, who won the President’s Trophy as the NHL’s best regular season team, are now one loss away from having just another disappointing season.
Let’s review the decisive play.