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This is when it counts’ Warren Foegele’s knack for big moments on full display in Hurricanes’ series-tying win

Oshie has been diagnosed with a broken collarbone after Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele hit him from behind on Thursday, sources told the Washington Post's Barry Svrluga.

Not only were the Sharks outshot, 58-29, and out-attempted, 111-63 at 5-on-5, they also allowed 4.11 expected goals while generating only 1.82.

Williams then put Carolina up by two goals 84 seconds later by tipping Brett Pesce's shot past Holtby and Hamilton extended the lead with his empty-netter with 3:06 left.

That includes a ideal 4-for-4 mark in the playoffs a year ago on the Capitals' run to the Cup when he only allowed one goal in a Game 6 series-clinching win on the road in Pittsburgh in Round 2, and then shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning in a decisive Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final (after also shutting them out in Game 6). Holtby notched his first shutout of the postseason and checks into Game 6 with a 2.40 goals against average and a.923 save percentage in the series while Carolina's netminder, Petr Mrazek, owns a 2.81 goals against and an.890 save percentage. The NHL odds are dealing the Canes as slight home favorites but there is a change in the wind as Alex Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom dazzled on the power play on Saturday night, combining for three goals and putting the Hurricanes to bed.

The Hurricanes are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 2-6 in their last 8 road games and 8-3 in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Capitals blitzed the Hurricanes 6-0 on Saturday night, setting the stage for the chance to close them out on the road in Game 6 (7 p.m. EDT, NBCSN). The Hurricanes are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Washington and 5-12 in the last 17 meetings.

It looked from Game 5 as if the Capitals had figured something out about the Hurricanes.

It was this freaky binge-drinking manoeuvre that Oshie made rather famous during the Capitals' weeks-long Stanley Cup celebration last summer. Will they accomplish that Monday, or will the Carolina Hurricanes force a Game 7 back in the District? But the top-end talent is still in place to finish a series win against Carolina, and even without a top-six forward another deep playoff run can't be ruled out. The Blues, who have home-ice advantage this time, won that 2016 series with a Game 7 win in Dallas. It's tough to go against trends this strong. "Having success in those critical moments, I think, gives everybody a little confidence that they can handle it".

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