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Game Notes vs. Toronto, 4/13/17

April 12, 2017
LAST GAME
Florida 2, Washington 0
April 9, 2017 * Verizon Center * Washington, D.C.
Washington Goals: None
Shots: WSH: 38, FLA: 21   
Power Plays: WSH: 0-2; FLA: 1-1
Three Stars: 1. Reimer (FLA), 2. Mackenzie (FLA), 3. Mitchell (WSH)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
April 11: Re-assigned Chandler Stephenson to Hershey (AHL)

INJURIES/ILLNESSES
None
Total Man-Games Lost: 0

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Capitals host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center on Thursday in Game 1 of the 2017 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. This marks the first meeting between Washington and Toronto in the postseason. The Capitals posted a 2-1-0 record against the Maple Leafs during the regular season.

UPCOMING GAMES
DATE
OPPONENT
TIME
TV
RADIO
April 13
Toronto
7 p.m.
CSN, NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
April 15
Toronto
7 p.m.
CSN, NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
April 17
at Toronto
7 p.m.
CSN, NBCSN, CBC, TVAS2
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
April 19
at Toronto
7 p.m.
CSN, NBCSN, CBC, TVAS2
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
April 21*
Toronto
TBD
CSN
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
April 23*
at Toronto
TBD
TBD
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
April 25*
Toronto
TBD
CSN
104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
* If necessary

NOTE OF THE NIGHT
Rising to the Occasion – Braden Holtby has posted four shutouts, a 1.87 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in 46 career playoff games. He ranks first in NHL playoff history (min. 30 games played) in career save percentage and fourth in career goals-against average, trailing Lorne Chabot (1.54), Dave Kerr (1.74) and Patrick Lalime (1.77). In addition, Holtby ranks first among active NHL goaltenders (min. 20 games played) in career playoff goals-against average and save percentage.

TOP FIVE CAPS FACTS
The Great Eight – Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is making his ninth career playoff appearance. He has registered 82 points (41g, 41a) in 84 career playoff games and ranks first in franchise history in playoff points and goals, ranks tied for first in power-play goals (13) and tied for fifth in assists. In addition, Ovechkin ranks tied for fourth among active NHL players (min. 20 games played) in career playoff goals per game (0.49) and playoff points per game (0.98). In 18 career games when his team has faced elimination, Ovechkin has registered 19 points (9g, 10a).

Raking The Leafs – Alex Ovechkin has recorded 60 points (33g, 27a) in 42 career games against the Maple Leafs, marking the fifth-most points he has earned against an NHL team in his career. He has earned a point in eight consecutive games against Toronto (6g, 5a) and in 35 of his 42 career games against the Maple Leafs. Nicklas Backstrom has registered 32 points (6g, 26a) in 33 career games against the Maple Leafs and has tallied 13 points in his last 11 games against Toronto (3g, 10a). Braden Holtby has posted a 6-2-1 record in his career against the Maple Leafs with one shutout, a 2.17 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.

Saint Nick – Nicklas Backstrom has earned 62 points (20g, 42a) in 83 career playoff games and ranks third in franchise postseason history in points, tied for third in assists and fifth in goals. Backstrom ranked second in the NHL in assists (63) and multi-assist games (15) during the 2016-17 season and ranked fourth in points (86). In addition, he led the NHL in points since Jan. 1 (56). Since 2007-08, Backstrom ranks third in the NHL in assists (540) and ranks second among active NHL players (min. 200 GP) in career assists per game (0.74).

Starting Strong – The Capitals have won four of their last five Games 1s and are 25-16 all-time in the opening game of a playoff series. In addition, Washington is 17-8 all-time in Game 1s at home.

Toppling Toronto – This postseason marks the first time Washington and Toronto will meet in the playoffs. The Capitals have won seven of their last eight games against the Maple Leafs and have won seven consecutive games against Toronto at Verizon Center. Washington and Toronto met three times during the regular season, with the Capitals posting a 2-1-0 record. Justin Williams (1g, 3a) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (1g, 3a) led the Capitals with four points in three games against the Maple Leafs and Nicklas Backstrom (1g, 2a), Marcus Johansson (1g, 2a), Alex Ovechkin (1g, 2a) and Kevin Shattenkirk (1g, 2a) each recorded three points in three games against Toronto in 2016-17.

ADDITIONAL CAPITALS NOTES
Leading the Way – Two Capitals have played more than 100 career playoff games and each has won a Stanley Cup. Justin Williams has won three Stanley Cups (Carolina: 2006, Los Angeles: 2012, 2014) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 2014. Williams ranks 10th among active NHL players in career playoff games played (127) and has never lost a Game 7 (7-0). In addition, Williams has earned an NHL record 14 points in seven career Game 7s and his seven Game 7 goals are tied for the NHL record (Glenn Anderson). Brooks Orpik ranks seventh among active NHL defensemen in career playoff games played (112) and won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009.

Familiar Foes – Justin Williams registered five points (1g, 4a) in six games against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2003 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Williams registered three points (1g, 2a) in Game 7 against Toronto, including the game-winning goal in Philadelphia’s 6-1 victory.

All The Presidents’ Men – The Capitals won the Presidents’ Trophy this season for the third time in franchise history (2009-10, 2015-16) and the second consecutive season. This marks the seventh time in NHL history a team has won the Presidents’ Trophy in consecutive seasons. In addition, the Capitals are the third team in League history to win the Presidents’ Trophy three or more times (Detroit: 6, NY Rangers: 3). The Presidents’ Trophy has been presented by the NHL Board of Governors since the 1985-86 season.

Holt-beast – Braden Holtby led the NHL in shutouts (9) this season, ranked tied for first in wins (42), second in goals-against average (2.07) and fourth in save percentage (.925). He is one of two goaltenders to rank in the top-five in the NHL in wins, shutouts, goals-against average and save percentage this season (Sergei Bobrovsky). He allowed two goals or fewer in 42 of his 63 games this season and posted a 33-3-6 record in those games. Since 2012-13, Holtby leads the NHL in wins (177) and shutouts (29).

In Barry We Trust – Since Barry Trotz became Washington head coach in 2014-15, the Capitals lead the NHL in wins (156), points (339), goals per game (3.03), goals against per game (2.30) and power-play percentage (23.4) and rank fourth in penalty kill percentage (83.4).
 
Home Sweet Home – Washington led the NHL with a 32-7-2 record at home this season, marking the franchise record for home wins in a season. Braden Holtby earned a franchise-record 27 wins at home in 2016-17 and led the NHL in goals-against average (1.69), wins and shutouts (8) at home and ranked second in save percentage (.934). In addition, Nicklas Backstrom ranked tied for second in the NHL with 49 points (14g, 35a) in 41 home games this season.

Sustained Success – The Capitals posted a 55-19-8 record this season, marking the second-most wins and third-most points (118) in a season in franchise history. In addition, Washington won 53 games in regulation and overtime (ROW), setting a new franchise record (previous: 2015-16: 52). The Capitals have recorded 55 wins in two straight seasons (2015-16: 56, 2016-17: 55), joining the Montreal Canadiens (1975-78) as the only teams in NHL history to win 55 or more games in consecutive seasons. Washington also earned 238 points in the last two seasons, marking the most points in two straight seasons since Montreal recorded 244 points from 1977-79.

Winning Jennings – The Capitals captured the William M. Jennings Trophy in 2016-17, an annual award given to the goalkeeper(s) having played a minimum of 25 games for the team with the fewest goals scored against it. This season marked the fewest goals Washington has allowed in an 82-game season in franchise history (182) and the second time the Capitals have won the Jennings Trophy. Al Jensen and Pat Riggin combined to win the award for Washington in 1983-84.

Caps Connections – Tom Wilson and Daniel Winnik are from Toronto. Winnik earned 39 points (11g, 28a) in 114 games with the Maple Leafs from 2014-16.

MEDIA RESOURCES
The 2017 Washington Capitals Playoff Guide is available for download here.

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