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Caps Today and Top Game Notes, 4/15/17

April 15, 2017
The Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center tonight in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Washington leads the series 1-0. Braden Holtby stopped 35 of 37 shots on Thursday against Toronto, marking his 23rd career playoff win. Holtby ranks first in franchise history in postseason wins (23) and games played (47). He has allowed two goals or fewer in 32 of his 47 career playoff games and Washington has posted a 21-11 record in those games. The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native has posted four shutouts, a 1.87 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage in 47 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 Game Notes
It Takes Two – Washington is 21-20 all-time in Game 2 of a series and has won Game 2 in six of its last eight playoff series. Braden Holtby is 4-2 in his career in Game 2 with one shutout, a 1.40 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage. Alex Ovechkin has earned 15 points (9g, 6a) in 13 career Game 2s, including a playoff career high four points (1g, 3a) against Montreal on April 17, 2010 in Game 2 of the 2010 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Nicklas Backstrom has tallied 14 points (6g, 8a) in 13 career Game 2s, including a playoff career high four points (3g, 1a) against Montreal on April 17, 2010 in Game 2 of the 2010 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Justin Time – Justin Williams scored two goals in Game 1 against Toronto, marking his fourth career postseason multi-goal game and his first since April 28, 2014 vs. San Jose (2g, 1a). Since 2012-13, Williams ranks tied for sixth in the NHL in postseason multi-goal games. In addition, Thursday marked his 18th career postseason multi-point game. Williams has earned nine points (5g, 4a) in 13 playoff games with Washington and 87 points (35g, 52a) in 128 career playoff games. Dating back to last season, Williams has earned a point in five straight playoff games (5/2/16-4/13/17: 5g, 2a).

Big Willie Style – Tom Wilson scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Thursday against Toronto, marking his first career NHL playoff goal. Wilson is the first player in franchise history to score his first career postseason goal in overtime. The Toronto native has earned three points (1g, 2a) in 29 career NHL playoff games.

Comeback Caps – The Capitals overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit on Thursday to defeat the Maple Leafs 3-2 (OT) in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Thursday marked the first time the Capitals have overcome a two-goal deficit to win a playoff game since April 17, 2015 against the Islanders, when Washington trailed 2-0 and 3-1 in the game and came back to win 4-3.

Familiar Foes – Justin Williams has registered seven points (3g, 4a) in seven career playoff games against Toronto. Williams recorded five points (1g, 4a) in six games against the Maple Leafs in the 2003 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, including three points (1g, 2a) and the game-winning goal in Philadelphia’s 6-1 victory against Toronto in Game 7 of the series.

Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump n’ Chase: Caps Aim for Better 60 Minutes in Game 2 / POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 3, Leafs 2 (OT)
Monumental Sports Network: Sights & Sounds: #CapsLeafs Game One 4/14/17 / Caps Locker Room | April 14 / ALL CAPS | April 14 / Barry Trotz 4/14/17
CSN Mid-Atlantic: Toronto Native Tom Wilson Continues to Convert Leafs Supporters to Caps Fans / Why Barry Trotz Believes Caps Horrid Start to Game 1 is a Good Thing / Game 1 Prediction Recap / Tom Wilson Responds to Mike Babcock’s Trash Talk / A Day After Game 1 Victory, Caps Players Reassess the Win / Caps Learned the Hard Way that Leafs Can’t be Overlooked / Barry Trotz Compares Series With Toronto to Tennis Match / Laughlin Feels Caps Have an Advantage in Maple Leafs Matchup / Craig Laughlin on What to Expect for Game 2 / Laughlin: ‘They Got Stuck Playing the Leafs Game’
Washington Post: For Dave Strader, a.k.a. ‘The Voice,’ playoff hockey calls provide an escape from chemo treatments / The postseason isn’t for the faint of heart, as Capitals and Wizards fans will discover / Capitals Insider: With time ticking down on his Capitals contract, Justin Williams again proves his worthCapitals Insider: Capitals’ fourth line flexes in Game 1, gives Washington flexibility in Toronto / Capitals Insider: Series between Caps and Maple Leafs could come down to defensive depth
Washington Times: Nikita Zaitsev misses skate, unlikely to play against Capitals Saturday / Tom Wilson gets the last laugh with OT game-winner / Slow start catches Trotz’s attention: ‘A really good wake up call to us’ / Spunky Maple Leafs will try to leverage pressure back on Capitals
Associated Press: Upstart Maple Leafs out to level series vs. Capitals  / Division-winning Blackhawks, Caps, Ducks in different spots
Sports Illustrated: Marcus Johansson a steady performer on—and off—the ice for the Capitals
WTOP: Caps, Wizards playoff ticket prices won’t break many banks
WJLA-TV ABC 7: On the Capitals Playoffs School Pep Rally (5 p.m.) / On the Capitals Playoffs School Pep Rally (1 p.m.) / On the Capitals Playoffs School Pep Rally (12 p.m.) / On the Capitals Playoffs School Pep Rally (11 a.m.)
Caps Radio: Caps Talk for Friday, April 14th
Japers’ Rink: Saturday Caps Clips / Barry Trotz and Last Change vs Toronto

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS CLIPS:
The Athletic: Why the Maple Leafs’ rising rookie star Mitch Marner lives with his mom‘Nasty’ Nazem Kadri and living up to the shutdown role in the playoffs
CSN Mid-Atlantic: Canadian Politician Gives Speech on Maple Leafs and Babcock in House of Commons
Globe and Mail:  Maple Leafs learned playoff lessons the hard way in Game 1
NHL.com:  Five Takeaways - Leafs at Capitals - 04/13/17
Sportsnet:  Babcock expects upbeat Maple Leafs to be better in Game 2
Toronto Star: Maple Leafs’ kids are all right after one playoff gameLeafs’ black and blue line must give a repeat performance: Feschuk
Toronto Sun:  Rielly is Maple Leafs' 'backbone' and it showed in Game 1 vs. CapitalsLeafs need to shoot more in Game 2: Babcock
TSN:  First night of playoffs teaches lesson to young Maple LeafsLeafs D Rielly restless despite strong Game 1 /  Leafs D Zaitsev expected to miss Game 2

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