The Washington Capitals will practice today at 12 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Washington earned a 2-1 overtime victory last night to take a 3-2 series lead over the New York Rangers. Mike Ribeiro scored the overtime, game-winning goal, his first goal of the postseason and first career playoff goal with Washington. The goal marked Ribeiro’s first career playoff game-winner.
Joel Ward scored his first goal of the playoffs, the 11th playoff goal of his career, extending his point streak to three games (1g-2a). He ranks tied for first on the team in assists and points. Ward has scored 0.15 goals per game and 0.39 points per game in his career during the regular season. During his postseason career Ward has compiled 0.29 goals per game and 0.70 points per contest.
Prior to last night’s game, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was named a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team."
The 27-year-old Moscow native is a two-time Hart Trophy winner (2007-08, 2008-09) and also was a finalist for the award in 2009-10. In 2009 Ovechkin became the first player in more than a decade to win consecutive Hart Trophies (Dominik Hasek, 1997-98) and the first non-goaltender to do so since Wayne Gretzky won eight in a row (1980-87). He became the third youngest player to win consecutive Hart Trophies, trailing only Gretzky and Bobby Orr.
Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump ‘n Chase: Postgame Notebook: Capitals 2, Rangers 1 (OT) / Ovechkin named finalist for Lindsay Award and Hart Trophy / McPhee recalls own NHL debut in Stanley Cup playoffs
Monumental Network: Adam Oates Postgame 5/10/13 / Mathieu Perreault Postgame 5/10/13 / Joel Ward Postgame 5/10/13 / Tom Wilson Postgame 5/10/13 / Braden Holtby Postgame 5/10/13 / Alex Ovechkin Postgame 5/10/13 / Mike Ribeiro Postgame 5/10/13 / Rangers Postgame Locker Room 5/10/13 / John Tortorella Postgame 5/10/13 / Eric Fehr 5/10/13 / Tom Wilson 5/10/13 / Alex Ovechkin 5/10/13 / Troy Brouwer 5/10/13 / John Carlson 5/10/13 / Jay Beagle 5/10/13 / Adam Oates Pregame 5/10/13 / Two-Man Advantage 5/10/13 / Rinkside Update 5/10/13 / Coaches’ Corner: Calle Johansson
Washington Post: Mike Wise: Capitals shake off their playoff history, move one game away / Capitals 2, Rangers 1: Mike Ribeiro wins Game 5 in overtime / Capitals find a way to beat Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers in Game 5 / Capitals Insider: Caps vs. Rangers, Game 5: Washington wins, 2-1, in overtime / Capitals Insider: Tom Wilson set to make NHL debut in Game 5 vs. Rangers / Capitals Insider: Alex Ovechkin happy to be Hart Trophy finalist but focused on playoffs / Capitals Insider: Alex Ovechkin a finalist for Hart Trophy / Capitals Insider: Capitals must adapt after Rangers dictated play early in Game 4 / DC Sports Bog: Redskins celebrate Caps game 5 win / DC Sports Bog: Mike Ribeiro’s game-winning goal: the audio / DC Sports Bog: More Alex Ovechkin promo bloopers
Washington Times: Harris: Hockey, playoff style, is a spectator’s delight / Joel Ward gets Game 5 redemption / Mike Ribeiro arrives with Caps’ Game 5 OT winner / Capitals Watch: Mike Ribeiro, Caps win Game 5 in OT / Capitals Watch: Adam Oates ‘worried’ about Caps’ Game 5 start / Capitals Watch: Blunder won’t change Caps’ stance on Braden Holtby / Capitals Watch: Tom Wilson in for Caps in Game 5 vs. Rangers / Capitals Watch: Alex Ovechkin finalist for Hart Trophy as NHL MVP
CSN Washington: Ribeiro pushes Rangers to brink of elimination / Instant analysis: Capitals 2, Rangers 1 / Pre-game primer: Caps vs. Rangers, Game 5 / Caps, Rangers to play Game 6 at 4:30 / Wilson makes debut on brother’s prom night / Ovechkin a finalist for Hart Trophy / Ross Detwiler talks Caps vs. Rangers
Free Lancer Star: Capitals Coverage in Today’s FLS / Mike Ribeiro’s Overtime Goal Leads Capitals to Game 5 Win / Tom Wilson Pleased to Make ‘Unbelievable Debut’ in Game 5 / Alex Ovechkin Named Finalist for Hart Trophy
NBCSports.com: Capitals take 3-2 series lead with OT win
NBCWashington.com: Capitals/Rangers Game 5 Overtime: An Oral History / Highly Touted Prospect Tom Wilson to Make NHL Debut for Capitals Friday / Alex Ovechkin Finalist for Hart Memorial Trophy as NHL MVP
Sports Illustrated: NHL Playoffs: Caps take series lead over Rangers in gasp-worthy overtime finish
Wall Street Journal: Capitals Top Rangers in OT
WNST: Ribeiro OT Tally Gives Caps A 3-2 Series Lead
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