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Caps Today, 5/3/13

Today’s Storyline

The Washington Capitals will practice today at 11:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

The Capitals took a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against New York last night, thanks to a 3-1 victory. With the win the Capitals are now 23-19 vs. the Rangers in postseason play (14-7 on home ice).

Since 2006, teams that have won Game 1 of the first round are 38-18 (.679) in those series. Washington is now 22-15 overall in playoff Game 1’s and 15-7 when starting a series at home. The Capitals have won two of the last three Game 1’s vs. New York.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 31st career playoff goal, setting a Capitals franchise record for playoff goals. He entered play last night tied with Peter Bondra.


Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump ‘n Chase: Postgame Notebook: Caps 3, Rangers 1 / A Look at the Lineup
Monumental Network: Adam Oates Postgame 5/2/13 / John Tortorella Postgame 5/2/13 / Steve Oleksy Postgame 5/2/13 / Rangers Postgame Locker Room 5/2/13 / Joel Ward Postgame 5/2/13 / Marcus Johansson Postgame 5/2/13 / Jason Chimera Postgame 5/2/13 / Eric Fehr Postgame 5/2/13 / Braden Holtby Postgame 5/2/13 / Two-Man Advantage 5/2/13 / Rinkside Update 5/2/13 / Press Row 5/2/13 / Marcus Johansson One-on-One 5/2/13 / Martin Erat One-on-One 5/2/13 / Jay Beagle One-on-One 5/2/13 / Karl Alzner One-on-One 5/2/13 / Braden Holtby Pregame 5/2/13 / Joel Ward Pregame 5/2/13 / Eric Fehr Pregame 5/2/13 / Mike Green Pregame 5/2/13 / Jack Hillen Pregame 5/2/13 / Jason Chimera Pregame 5/2/13 / Adam Oates Pregame 5/2/13

Capitals Voice: Capitals Take Game 1 Against New York / Johansson, Chimera, Make It 3-1 Washington End of Two / Ovechkin Ties the Game at 1-1 in Game 1 / Chatting with Adam Oates: Game 1 Tonight in D.C.

Washington Post: 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs: Capitals grab upper hand with 3-1 victory over Rangers in Game 1 / Two goals in fateful 46-second span lifts Capitals to 3-1 win over Rangers / Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby bests Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist in Game 1 / Capitals Insider: Jason Chimera continues postseason success against Rangers / Capitals Insider: Capitals prepared to contend with Rangers’ forecheck / Capitals Insider: Braden Holtby: ‘You just throw experience out the window and you just play’ / Capitals Insider: Joel Ward will play in Game 1 against Rangers / Capitals Insider: John Tortorella remains mum on lineup; Staal and Boyle stake / DC Sports Bog: Steve Oleksy blocks puck with face / DC Sports Bog: Eric Fehr’s dad makes his playoff debut / DC Sports Bog: How Al Koken became Smokin’ Al

Washington Times: No let-up in Braden Holtby’s performance / Jason Chimera scores on Rangers again / Capitals’ Steve Oleksy proving he’s more than just a pretty (beat up) face / Capitals’ penalty kill keys second-period flurry in Game 1 / Joel Ward returns to Capital lineup for Game 1 / Braden Holtby enters these Stanley Cup playoffs with more seasoning / Capitals Watch: Joel Ward back for Game 1

Washington Examiner: Three-goal second period keys Game 1 win for Capitals / Loose Pucks: Caps forward Joel Ward will play in Game 1 vs. Rangers / Loose Pucks: Caps 3, Rangers 1: Five Observations

CSN Washington: Caps storm past Rangers, take Game 1 / No holding your breath with these Caps / Caps enjoy second helping

NHL: Capitals ride second period to win against Rangers / Capitals use special teams to take Game 1 / Ward’s return adds depth, experience for Capitals

Associated Press: Capitals top Rangers 3-1 in Game 1 / Caps, Rangers had turning points on way to Game 1

CBC Sports: Alex Ovechkin having fun, looking confident Braden Holtby’s playoff magic is back in Caps’ Game 1 win

ESPN: W2W4: Rangers at Caps, Game 1 Five Q’s: Capitals-Rangers preview / Capitals overwhelm Rangers in 3-1 win / Capitals’ Oleksy shakes off puck to face Joel Ward to Return to Lineup for Game 1 Against Rangers

New York Post: Capitals’ Ovechkin restless and ready to go

Sun Media: Capitals draw first blood vs Rangers

Sports Illustrated: NHL Playoffs: Capitals’ power play key in Game 1 win over Rangers

USA Today: Capitals hold off Rangers 3-1

Wall Street Journal: Ovechkin’s Capitals Derail Rangers / Rangers-Capitals: Here we go again

WNST: Ovechkin, Holtby Lead Caps In Game 1 Victory

Yahoo! Sports: Alex Ovechkin’s amazing regular-season rebound prompts same old playoff questions / Capitals impressive, entertaining in high-speed skill show in Game 1 win over Rangers
Ted’s Take: Metro Staying Open / More Kudos for Coach Oates / Hey, What About Me? / Good Research Here / Groupon on Mother’s Day Dos and Don’ts / Outsports / Proud Papa / Thank You Again, Caps Fans / He’s Back!
Russian Machine Never Breaks: Evgeny Kuznetsov Named to Team Russia for World Championships
Capitals Outsider: Forest Knolls Elementary Students Show Their Caps Pride

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