Late Saturday night, after two overtime periods of reach-for-your-heart-pills tension, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz warned that his team’s series with the Toronto Maple Leafs may just be getting started.

“There may be another five to go in this series,” Trotz said.

This series was not expected to need seven games to be decided and, ultimately, it may not. After splitting the first two games in Washington, both of which went to overtime, the Capitals head to Toronto in a surprisingly tight series. They have lost home ice to the precocious Maple Leafs who have proven themselves unwilling to play little brother to the veteran Capitals.

“We’ve been chasing this series a little bit,” Trotz said. “It’s been a little bit of an uphill battle.”

The 55-win Capitals have indeed been chasing the 40-win Leafs around the Verizon Center through Games 1 and 2. Washington won Game 1 on Tom Wilson’s overtime goal Thursday and Toronto pulled even on Kasperi Kapanen’s game-winner in double overtime Saturday, but the Capitals have played from behind in both games and have been outscored 5-3 at even strength.

To get home ice back in their favor, the Capitals will need to win at least one game in Toronto, a hockey-mad city that hasn’t hosted a playoff game in three years.

“I’m sure [Toronto will be] pretty revved up,” Brooks Orpik said. “They haven’t had a playoff game in a while. I was watching the game where they played Pittsburgh there when they clinched and that was probably a good little taste of what it would be like. We got an experienced team in here. We know what it’s like to play on the road in the playoffs. You got to focus on what you can do and play the system that we’re supposed to. You can’t make mistakes there and give them extra chances to generate energy with the crowd.”

The series is still young, and the Capitals are not panicked. Washington’s locker room was all-business Saturday night, with players acknowledging that they need to be more aggressive around the net and to take fewer penalties while remaining confident. Justin Williams, Mr. Game 7 as he is known, said he wasn’t discouraged in the slightest.