Ramblings: Washington Gets Overtime W, Anderson Replaces Injured Vanecek, Roto Rankings Fallers (May 16)

Ian Gooding

2021-05-16

The Stanley Cup Playoffs kicked off on Saturday with Game 1 of the East Division series between the Bruins and Capitals. It ended with Nic Dowd tipping a T.J. Oshie shot in overtime to give the Capitals a 3-2 win and a 1-0 series lead.

Those who participated in the Bucci Overtime Challenge on Twitter were far more likely hoping that it was Oshie's goal rather than Dowd's. But to the team, it doesn't matter how they go in, just that they go in. Oshie playoff poolies should be happy with the fact that he recorded two assists in this game.

Tom Wilson opened the scoring for the Capitals, then assisted on the overtime goal for a two-point game of his own.

Vitek Vanecek appeared to pull his groin after allowing Boston's first goal in the first period, so the soon-to-be 40-year-old Craig Anderson took over in net. Even though Anderson played in just four games all season (and only two of them full games), he looked solid in stopping 21 of 22 shots in picking up the win. Anderson may not have a reputation as a playoff goalie, but he has a history of stepping up his game for the playoffs.

Ilya Samsonov is no longer on the COVID protocol list, but it appeared that he wasn't ready to suit up for this game. Samsonov could