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Caps Today, 4/22/13

Today’s Storyline

The Washington Capitals prepare for the final week of the NHL’s regular season and will practice today at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 10:30 a.m.

The Capitals currently lead the Winnipeg Jets by three points for first place in the Southeast Division. Washington can clinch the Southeast Division championship with a regulation win over Winnipeg on Tuesday at Verizon Center.

Alex Ovechkin scored twice and added an assist in the Caps 5-1 win over Montreal on Saturday. He currently leads the NHL goal-scoring race (30) by two goals over Steven Stamkos (28). Ovechkin tied an NHL record when he scored the second of his two goals on Saturday night in the Capitals' 5-1 win at Montreal. Ovechkin has racked up 12 goals in 10 games this month, matching the league mark for April goals in one season set by Mario Lemieux in 1993 (in only seven games) and equaled by Winnipeg's Alex Zhamnov in 1995 (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau).

Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and an assist on Saturday and ranks third in the league in helpers (39), while ranking tied for 10th in points.

Upcoming Media
Tomorrow, 12:45 p.m.: Alan May on The Sports Fix, 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 5, Canadiens 1 / Crunch Time for Caps Against Canadiens
Monumental Network: Caps Postgame Locker Room 4/20/13 / Alex Ovechkin Postgame 4/20/13 / Adam Oates Postgame 4/20/13 / Adam Oates Pregame 4/20/13 / Two-Man Advantage 4/20/13 / Scouting Report 4/20/13 / Best of Monumental Today 4/20/13

Capitals Voice: Caps Thump Montreal, 5-1 Saturday at Bell Centre / Brouwer, Backstrom Give the Caps A 4-0 Lead End 2 / Caps Lead 2-0 on Goals From Ovechkin and Brouwer / Chatting with Perreault and Erat, as Caps Visit Montreal Tonight

Washington Post: Washington Capitals’ penalty kill makes steady improvement / Capitals 5, Canadiens 1: Ovechkin scores twice to lift Washington / Capitals Insider: Braden Holtby comes to his own defense in Montreal / Capitals Insider: Capitals’ second line success providing offensive balance / Capitals Insider: Alex Ovechkin closing in on Rocket Richard Trophy / Capitals Insider: Martin Erat starting to find his footing with Capitals / Capitals Insider: Braden Holtby to make fifth consecutive start

Washington Times: Whyno: Desperate play helped turn the Capitals’ season around

Washington Examiner: Cheers and Jeers: Capitals appear to be in good shape in Southeast Division

CSN Washington: Sudden thoughts on Caps’ win in Montreal / Oates on Ovi: ‘We had faith in him’ / Capitals close in on Southeast title / Instant Analysis: Caps 5, Canadiens 1 / Joe B.: Impressive Capitals conquer Canadiens / Jets inch one point closer to Caps / Oates on anthem: ‘I’m almost crying’ / Capitals’ fate lies in their own hands / Hershey Bears make AHL playoffs

NHL: Ovechkin scores two more as Capitals beat Canadiens / Oates won Capitals’ trust by focusing on positives / Ovechkin takes three-goal lead in Richard Trophy race

Associated Press: Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer get Capitals back on track Video: Alex Ovechkin pushes goals total to 30 in win / Oates happy to have “had faith” in Alex Ovechkin Alex Ovechkin Joins Exclusive Company by Reaching 30-Goal Mark

The Province: Willes: Close races for NHL awards, but Ovechkin’s best bet for Hart Trophy

Yahoo! Sports: NHL Three Stars: Reimer backstops Leafs to playoffs; Ovechkin hits 30
PennLive: Hershey Bears finish with 10,046 attendance average / Hershey Bears-Providence Bruins playoff schedule / Hershey Bears beat Manchester Monarchs to earn playoff berth
Metro News: Tom Wilson nets hat-trick against London Knights as Plymouth wins Game 2
Reading Eagle: Royals rise to occasion, even series
Ted’s Take: Award-Winner / Important Road Win

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