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Caps Today, 4/10/13

Today’s Storyline

The Washington Capitals will hold an optional practice today at 12 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Washington extended its season-high winning streak to five games with a 3-2 win in Montreal last night against the Canadiens. Jack Hillen tallied a goal, his first as a Capital, and an assist last night as Alex Ovechkin scored his 26th goal of the season (tied for the league lead) in the victory.

With the victory, the Capitals maintain a two-point lead over the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Southeast Division and have now hone 7-0-1 in their last eight road games.

Upcoming Media
Today, 2:05 p.m.: George McPhee on Inside the Locker Room, ESPN 980 AM
Today, 3:30 p.m.: Nicklas Backstrom on Hockey Night in Canada Radio, Sirius XM
Today, 4:30 p.m.: Alan May on The Sports Reporters, ESPN 980 AM
Tomorrow, 5:45 p.m.: John Walton on LaVar and Dukes, FAN 106.7 FM


Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump ‘n Chase: Postgame Notebook: Caps 3, Canadiens 2 / Caps Go with Neuvirth in Net vs. Habs
Monumental Network: Adam Oates Postgame 4/9/13 / Caps Postgame Locker Room 4/9/13 / Alex Ovechkin Postgame 4/9/13 / Adam Oates Pregame 4/9/13 / Troy Brouwer 4/9/13 / Mathieu Perreault 4/9/13 / Matt Hendricks 4/9/13 / John Carlson 4/9/13 / Two-Man Advantage 4/9/13 / Monumental Today 4/9/13

Capitals Voice: Capitals Defeat Montreal 3-2 at the Bell Centre Tuesday / Listen to Jack Hillen Give the Caps a 3-1 3rd Period Lead Here / Caps Rally to Take a 2-1 Lead After Two in Montreal / Chatting with Steve Oleksy, as the Caps Take on Montreal / Radio Waves: Where to Listen to the Caps Down the Stretch

Washington Post: Capitals vs. Canadiens: Alex Ovechkin scores 26th goal as Washington tops Montreal, 3-2 / Capitals Insider: Strong second period fuels Capitals’ win in Montreal / Capitals Insider: Capitals eager to gauge their progress with matchup against Canadiens / Capitals Insider: Adam Oates on starting Michal Neuvirth in Montreal: ‘He needs to know that he’s a part of our team’ / Capitals Insider: Martin Erat, Joel Ward to miss Capitals’ game at Montreal / DC Sports Bog: Digital ‘statues’ of Alex Ovechkin and John Wall coming to Ballston / DC Sports Bog: Post Sports Live: Expectations for RGIII, the Nats first week and the surging Caps

Washington Times: Hybrid icing debate heats up as NHL looks to reduce injury / Capitals Watch: Caps’ Jack Hillen a proud father, productive defenseman

CSN Washington: Pre-game primer: Neuvirth to face Canadiens / Good thing we didn’t flush Ovechkin / Caps preview: The week ahead

Associated Press: Ovi continues tear as Caps with 5th straight

Canadian Press: Ovechkin gets the goals, but Backstrom also back on form for Capitals

NHL: Ovechkin leads Capitals past Canadiens / Erat, Ward out for Caps; Bourque returns for Habs / Healthy Johansson plays role in Capitals’ success

ESPN: Ovechkin, Caps have it going on again

Hockey News: Shot blocking up, Ovechkin always scored, and Wheeler for center

Manassas Park Patch: Former DC Hockey Player Schools Manassas Park Students on the Game

Sports Illustrated: All’s Right with Alex Ovechkin, with an Assist from Adam Oates Washington Business Journal: Ballston BID to erect statues of D.C. sports superstars, including Alex Ovechkin and John Wall

WNST: Frankovic: Ovechkin, Neuvirth Carry Caps Past Habs

Yahoo Sports: NHL Awards Watch: Can Alex Ovechkin steal Sidney Crosby’s Hart?
Russian Machine Never Breaks: Evgeny Kuznetsov Scores Two Points, but Traktor Loses First Two Games of KHL Finals
Ted’s Take: Truer Words Were Never Spoken / The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Only Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and John Wall / Three Men Down

Recent Transactions
April 5 Signed Patrick Wey and Julien Brouillette
April 3 Acquired Martin Erat and Michael Latta from Nashville in exchange for Filip Forsberg; Assigned Nate Schmidt to Hershey

Injury Update
D Tom Poti – day-to-day
F Brooks Laich – day-to-day

F Martin Erat – day-to-day
F Joel Ward – day-to-day