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Caps Today, 5/8/13

Today's Storyline

The Washington Capitals will face the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight at Madison Square Garden.


Washington has gone 18-16 all-time in Game 4’s, 10-6 when leading the series 2-1. The Capitals have gone 4-1 in their last five Game 4’s, 2-1 on the road. Washington has gone 5-2 against the Rangers in Game 4’s.  


Must Read/See/Hear Material Caps Seek to Play Even-Strength, Avoid Even Series

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Look to Avoid Minor Penalties, Major Problems

Monumental Network: Adam Oates 5/7/13 / Troy Brouwer 5/7/13 / Eric Fehr 5/7/13 / Rinkside Update 5/7/13 / Monumental Today 5/7/13 / Get to Know: Caps Game Day Experience                      

Capitals Voice: Your Capitals Minute for Wednesday, May 8                                      

Washington Post: Caps mission in Game 4 vs. Rangers: stay out of the box / Hamilton: Adam Oates on Washington Capitals' day off: 'Rest is the most important weapon' / Capitals Insider: Adam Oates doesn’t think Alex Ovechkin was 'tired,' as Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh suggested / Capitals Insider: Adam Oates gives Caps the day off: 'Rest obviously is the biggest weapon' / DC Sports Bog: The Tim Horton’s ad in Verizon Center / DC Sports Bog: The Caps and Game 3 / DC Sports Bog: Tom Hanks and Brian Williams watch Caps-Rangers

Washington Times: Harris: In the playoffs, too soon for Capitals fans to draw conclusions / Capitals must think outside box to avoid Rangers letdown / Capitals notes: Alex Ovechkin wasn’t 'tired' on winning goal, coach says / Capitals Watch: Adam Oates doesn’t think Alex Ovechkin was 'tired' / Capitals Watch: John Erskine update / Capitals Watch: 'Rest is a weapon' for Capitals / Capitals Watch: Too many men penalty 'wrong call,' Oates says

Washington Examiner: Adam Oates gives Capitals a rest to regroup for Game 4 against Rangers / Loose Pucks: For Caps, rest is a weapon / Loose Pucks: Do Rangers think they can wear down Caps star Alex Ovechkin? / Loose Pucks: Caps defenseman John Erskine okay after big hit

CSN Washington: Oates gives Capitals a day off in Manhattan / Caps’ goal for Game 4: Avoid the sin bin Rangers have an eye on evening series with Capitals / Home ice has served Capitals, Rangers well so far / Oates puts premium on rest for Capitals

Associated Press: Capitals-Rangers Preview

CBS DC: Smokin' Al: Caps 'Held Their Own’ Through Rangers' 'Desperation Punch' / Caps Have to Eliminate Somebody Early If They Want 'The Cup'

ECHL: ECHL Alumni Profile – Jay Beagle Oates doesn’t think Ovechkin was tired on Rangers’ winning goal Adam Oates: 'Rest Obviously the Biggest Weapon' as Capitals Receive Day Off Capitals coach Adam Oates: Alex Ovechkin wasn’t tired at the end of Game 3 Capitals follow Devils' blueprint

Washington Post Express: Penalties kill the Caps

PennLive: Hershey Bears, Providence Bruins set to collide in deciding Game 5

Ted's Take: No More Software Boxes for Adobe / Rolling Stones Coming to Verizon Center / RIP, Nancy Smith Leary – A Great Caps Fan / Funny – "A Real Caps Fan" / Summing Up the Game

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

Game Notes



Back-to-back - Braden Holtby has gone 7-0 in games following a loss in his postseason career. Holtby has recorded a 1.21 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage in playoff games following a loss.


Green climbing the ranks - Mike Green scored a goal in Game 3 and has goals in back-to-back postseason games. The goal, his ninth career playoff tally, moved him into a tie for fifth place in Caps history for goals by a defenseman, joining Scott Stevens and Larry Murphy.


Production vs. NYR - Jason Chimera added an assist in Game 3 and has now recorded 6g-3a in 15 career playoff games vs. the Rangers, including 2g-2a in his last five games. Nicklas Backstrom scored his second career playoff goal vs. New York and has collected 2g-12a in 22 career postseasons games vs. the Rangers.


Empire state of mind - The Capitals have won nine playoff games on the road against the Rangers, the most road wins against any team in Washington playoff history, and have gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 regular-season games at Madison Square Garden.


Second place - With his assist on Green’s overtime goal in Game 2, Alex Ovechkin has passed Mike Ridley and now ranks second in Capitals playoff scoring history with 61 career postseason points. Ovechkin (61 points in 54 games) trails Dale Hunter (72 points in 100 games) for the franchise record for playoff scoring.