Alexander Ovechkin, who had minimal ice time after two periods, scored on a Washington power play to break a 2-2 tie and send the Capitals home with a split.
After scoring the winner, Ovechkin, who has seven shots on goal, spent the next eight minutes of the third period riding the pine.
And Alexander Semin had less ToI than Ovechkin’s 13:36.
Jay Beagle played 20 minutes.
Washington coach Dale Hunter is sending a message to his superstars, but it’s too early in the series to say whether the technique is working.
Maybe John Tortorella should try cutting Marion Gaborik’s ice time.
In St. Louis, L.A. is pasting the Blues and could go home with a 2-0 series lead.