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Caps Today, 4/26/13

Today’s Storyline

The Washington Capitals will practice today at 11 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Last night Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 32nd goal of the season in his 600th career NHL game. His 371 career goals are the eighth-most by any player in NHL history through their first 600 career games (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau). He has tallied 23g-11a in his last 22 games played.

The Hershey Bears, Washington’s AHL affiliate, will open the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs tonight in Providence against the Providence Bruins. Hershey is the eighth seed while Providence enters the best-of-five series as the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Capitals prospects Tom Wilson and Connor Carrick of the Plymouth Whalers will play in Game 5 of the OHL Western Conference final tonight at 7 p.m. in London. Wilson, the OHL Player of the Week, has tallied 6g-1a and eight penalty minutes in his last three playoff games while Carrick currently leads all OHL defensemen in points (2g-15a-17p) and is tied for the league lead in plus/minus (+15). Plymouth trails London 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.   


Upcoming Media
Today, 2:45 p.m.: Alan May on Inside the Locker Room, ESPN 980 AM


Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump ‘n Chase: Postgame Notebook: Sens 2, Caps 1 (OT)
Monumental Network: Adam Oates Postgame 4/25/13 / Caps Postgame Locker Room 4/25/13 / Paul MacLean Postgame 4/25/13 / Senators Postgame Locker Room 4/25/13 / Joel Ward 4/25/13 / Nicklas Backstrom 4/25/13 / John Carlson 4/25/13 / Jack Hillen 4/25/13 / Adam Oates Pregame 4/25/13 / Two-Man Advantage 4/25/13 / Rinkside Update 4/25/13 / Press Row 4/25/13 / Monumental Today 4/25/13

Capitals Voice: Ovechkin Ties the Game at 1-1 Mid 3rd / Chatting with Adam Oats: The Final Two Games of the Regular Season / One Year Ago Today…

Washington Post: Capitals vs. Senators: Sergei Gonchar scores game-winner in overtime as Washington falls to Ottawa, 2-1 / Capitals Insider: Capitals’ loss to Senators offers potential playoff preview, animosity and all / Capitals Insider: Adam Oates wants the Capitals to show Ottawa ‘who we are as a team’ / Capitals Insider: Joel Ward skates but won’t face Senators; Michal Neuvirth to start / Capitals Insider: Capitals hope to keep rolling even with NHL playoff spot secured / DC Sports Bog: The Caps and nicknames

Washington Times: Harris: Before the results matter again, take some time to appreciate Alex Ovechkin / Senators give Capitals taste of playoff agitation / Capitals notes: Erik Karlsson makes miraculous return to Senators / Harris: Don’t hang those ‘Titletown’ banners just yet, D.C. (Washington Capitals mentioned) / With ‘You Can Play,’ hockey aims to curb homophobia / Capitals Watch: You Can Play Q & A with Patrick Burke and Matt Hendricks / Capitals Watch: Capitals vs. Senators: Michal Neuvirth starts in goal / Capitals Watch: Joel Ward takes part in Capitals skate, won’t play vs. Senators

Washington Examiner: Capitals have trouble rounding into playoff form with loss in meaningless game / Loose Pucks: Senators 2, Caps 1 (Overtime): Five Observations / Loose Pucks: Caps Game Night – 7 p.m. vs Ottawa

CSN Washington: Joe B: Senators squeak past Caps in OT / Senators frustrate the Capitals again / Instant Analysis: Senators 2, Caps 1 / Pre-game primer: Neuvirth gets the call / Capitals playoff tickets go on sale Friday

NHL: OT goal by Gonchar puts Senators into playoffs / Eight teams set in Eastern Conference field

Associated Press: Senators don’t ‘fold the tent and go home,’ beat Capitals 2-1 in OT to clinch playoff berth Video: Alex Ovechkin scores another highlight reel goal

Sports Illustrated: Looking back on an NHL season full of surprises (Washington Capitals mentioned)

WNST: Frankovic: Ovechkin notches 32rd goal but Caps lose in OT

Yahoo! Sports: Three Periods: Trophy-worthy turnaround by Oates and Ovechkin; Bruins’ bad-timing; dogged Doan
PennLive: Hershey Bears play underdog role against top-seeded Providence Bruins
Ted’s Take: Local Hockey Player Earns Scholarship / Major Metro Track Work Scheduled / MSE Foundation, Caps Fans Help Fort Dupont / Getting Ready for “The Great Gatsby” / Yet Another Classy Mea Culpa / Caps vs. Senators Tonight / Tweaked and Funny / End of Season Story on John Wall / Deserved Praise for Coach Oates
Russian Machine Never Breaks: Brooks Robinson on Brooks Laich Being Named After Him: “It’s Quite an Honor”

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