During the break between the end of regulation and the start of overtime, Washington Capitals coach Ron Wilson went to the videotape.
Wilson wanted to show his players the scene on the ice after the Buffalo Sabres scored to tie the game with 56 seconds to play."We showed our team Matthew Barnaby's reaction to the goal - jumping face first into the glass, then going by our bench and taunting everybody," Wilson said. "Our team was really upset. We went out there with the intention of burying them right away.
"If that's the way Matt wants to play at this level, fine. If you're Dennis Rodman or Esa Tikkanen, they just have a way of getting under the skin of the other team, and he carried it just a little bit too far. We wanted to make sure that we came at them hard."
Duly inspired, Andrei Nikolishin made a nice centering pass and Todd Krygier scored on the Capitals' first shot of the extra period - with 3:01 elapsed - to give Washington a 3-2 victory Monday, tying the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece and ending Buffalo's eight-game winning streak.
In a reversal from Game 1, the veteran Capitals kept their cool, while the young Sabres wore their hearts on their sleeves. In addition to Barnaby's overzealous celebration, super goalie Dominik Hasek was penalized in the third period for throwing his glove at Peter Bondra - one of several penalties provoked by the Caps - and left complaining that two of Washington's goals shouldn't have counted.
Now, the Capitals, who won their first conference finals game in franchise history, can go into Thursday's Game 3 in Buffalo knowing that they can not only score on Hasek, but they can also get him rattled.
The Capitals appeared to have the victory in hand in regulation until Tikkanen deflected Barnaby's slap shot between Kolzig's legs and into his own net in the final minute of the third period.
But perhaps due to Wilson's video show during the intermission, the goal didn't deflate the home team - and even made for a nice joke from Kolzig.
"I had my money on Tik scoring the goal (in overtime)," Kolzig said. "Because he had the hot stick."