Midway through the third period of Wednesday night’s game between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals came a rare playoff occurrence – a postseason penalty shot.

New York winger Carl Hagelin was hooked by Washington defenseman Mike Green. Referee Chris Lee skated behind the net, immediately signaling for a penalty shot. 

“We got caught a little flat-footed staring at the play,” said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. “Hagelin got through there and you’ve got to take that [penalty].”

Hagelin moved in with speed, first deking to his forehand before lifting a backhand shot right into Holtby’s glove.

“You’re going in there thinking you’re going to score,” Hagelin said. “I wanted to fake shot and then bring it to my backhand and he was in the split there and he made a good save.”

“We had a lot of confidence in Braden there,” said Trotz. “You talk about making saves at key moments in a game or in a series and we’ve been getting that.” 


“I was trying to be patient,” said Holtby. “He’s a fast guy so I thought he would try to use his speed. You just try not to think too much — just react.”

Playoff Penalty Shots

That was the first penalty shot called this postseason through 62 games.  In the regular season, 41 penalty shots were handed out, with shooters converting on just 14 of those attempts. Teams that scored penalty shot goals were 8-6 in the regular season.

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3-24-38Mush MarchCHIWilf CudeMTLNoMTL 0 at CHI 4QF
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4-10-38Art WiebeCHITurk BrodaTORNoTOR 1 at CHI 2F
3-24-42Charlie SandsMTLJohnny MowersDETNoDET 0 at MTL 5QF
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4-09-68Wayne ConnellyMINTerry SawchukLAKYesLAK 5 at MIN 7QF
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5-07-75Bill BarberPHIGlenn ReschNYINoPHI 3 at NYI 4*SF
4-20-79Mike WaltonCHIGlenn ReschNYINoNYI 4 at CHI 0QF
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4-17-81Anders HedbergNYRMike LiutSTLYesNYR 6 at STL 4QF
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4-24-02Shawn BatesNYICurtis JosephTORYesTOR 3 at NYI 4CQF
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4-15-03Dainius ZubrusWSHNikolai KhabibulinTBLNoTBL 4 at WSH 3CQF
4-21-03Robert ReichelTORRoman CechmanekPHINoPHI 1 at TOR 2CQF
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4-24-08Andrei KostitsynMTLMartin BironPHINoPHI 3 at MTL 4CSF
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5-01-08Evgeni MalkinPITHenrik LundqvistNYRNoPIT 0 at NYR 3CSF
4-20-10Martin EratNSHAntti NiemiCHIYesCHI 1 at NSH 4CQF
5-04-10Henrik ZetterbergDETEvgeni NabokovSJSNoSJS 4 at DET 3CSF
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5-12-10Ville LeinoPHITuukka RaskBOSNoPHI 2 at BOS 1CSF
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4-25-11Chris ConnorPITDwayne RolosonTBLNoPIT 3 at TBL 4CQF
4-26-11Alexandre BurrowsVANCorey CrawfordCHINoCHI 1 at VAN 2CQF
4-18-12Dustin BrownLAKCory SchneiderVANNoVAN 3 at LAK 1CQF
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5-16-14Corey PerryANAJonathan QuickLAKNoLAK 6 at ANA 2SR
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