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Caps Today, 5/4/13

Today’s Storyline

The Washington Capitals won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Rangers and look to take a 2-0 series lead today in Game 2.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 31st career playoff goal in Game 1, setting a Capitals franchise record for playoff goals previously held by Peter Bondra. Bondra tallied 30 goals in 73 playoff games while Ovechkin has recorded 31 goals in just 52 games. The goal was Ovechkin’s 60th playoff point, moving him into a tie with Mike Ridley for second place in Capitals postseason scoring history. 


Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Seek to Maintain Home Ice Edge in Game 2
Monumental Network: Adam Oates 5/3/13 / Alex Ovechkin 5/3/13 / Troy Brouwer 5/3/13 / Nicklas Backstrom 5/3/13 / Karl Alzner 5/3/13 / Mike Ribeiro 5/3/13 / Eric Fehr 5/3/13 / Joel Ward 5/3/13 / Mike Green 5/3/13 / Steve Oleksy One-on-One 5/3/13 / Coaches’ Corner: Tim Hunter 5/3/13 / Rinkside Update 5/3/13

Capitals Voice: Your Capitals Minute for Friday, May 3

Washington Post: Capitals’ power play will be key vs. Rangers in 2013 NHL playoff series / Capitals Insider: Capitals content to stay the course against Rangers / Capitals Insider: Rangers could have reinforcements on the way for Game 2 / Capitals Insider: Steve Oleksy has eventful playoff debut with pretty assist, puck to face / Capitals Insider: See every shot from Caps-Rangers Game 1 / DC Sports Bog: SI on Alex Ovechkin’s relationship with Maria Kirilenko / DC Sports Bog: Rangers analyst ‘not intimidated’ by Caps

Washington Times: Capitals system built to last / No let-up in Braden Holtby’s performance / Capitals Watch: Alex Ovechkin’s power play goal ignites Caps / Capitals Watch: Protecting lead means sticking with plan for Caps / Capitals Watch: Caps won’t change power play

Washington Examiner: Loose Pucks: Caps defenseman Steve Oleksy takes a pass

CSN Washington: Key to beating Rangers lies in hands of Ovechkin / Oleksy shines bright under playoff spotlight / Patience a power play virtue for Capitals Rangers hope for reinforcements, try to even series / Oleksy getting face time in playoffs with Capitals

Associated Press: Capitals’ 27-year-old rookie has stories and scars

CBC Sports: Rangers hope Staal, Clowe, Boyle can return soon

ESPN New York: Next level: Ovechkin vs. Lundqvist Capitals Prepared to Contend with Rangers’ Aggressive Penalty Kill / Capitals’ Transformation Even More Distinct in Game 1 Victory Over Rangers
CBS DC: Ted Leonsis Interview

PennLive: Legacy Jaynen Rissling joins Hershey Bears / Hershey Bears eye chance to close out Providence Bruins in Game 3
Ted’s Take: “These Go to 111” / LaVar Looks Good in Red / Tulipmania
Capitals Outsider: Resilient Royals: Rookie Gets Double Overtime Win After Marathon Week
Capitals Outsider: Vote for Fehr in TSN Poll!

Injury Update

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




Their comfort zone – Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera each scored goals in Game 1 against New York. Chimera’s tally was the eighth playoff goal of his career, with six of those coming against the Rangers. He has recorded 0.17 goals per game and 0.38 points per game during his regular season career vs. 0.22 goals per game and 0.49 points per game in the playoffs. Three of Johansson’s four career NHL playoff goals have come against New York.  


Held by Holtby – Braden Holtby stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced in Game 1 for his eighth career playoff win. Holtby currently ranks fifth in Capitals franchise history in playoff wins. In his 15 career postseason games, Holtby has not lost in back-to-back contests. He owns a 2-0 record with a 1.26 goals-against average and a .958 save percentage in two career Game 2’s (1-0 vs. NYR).


You again – 2013 marks the third consecutive season that the two teams have matched up in the playoffs, and the fourth time in the last five seasons. In their history, the Capitals have faced the Rangers in seven series and have won four of them. In 42 playoff games against New York, Washington is 23-19, including going 14-7 on home ice during that span. Including the 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series the Caps have faced the Rangers in more series than any other team in postseason play. The last time Washington faced the same team in the playoffs in three consecutive seasons was the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1994-1996 (1-2).


Start strong – Since 2006, teams that have won Game 1 of the first round are 38-18 (.679) in those series. The Capitals enter tonight’s contest with an 18-18 record in Game 2’s. They have gone 11-9 on home ice.

Playoff rankings – Alex Ovechkin has posted a 1.15 points-per-game average since his first NHL postseason in 2008, tied for the third-highest among all active players (min. 20 games played). His .60 goals per game ranks second in the league in that span. Nicklas Backstrom ranks tied for 11th in Capitals history (Joe Juneau) in playoff scoring with 41 points in 51 games. His 27 assists rank11th. Mike Green currently ranks fifth among defensemen scoring in Capitals postseason history (30 points), and his seven goals rank seventh.