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Game Notes at Toronto, 4/17/17

April 16, 2017
LAST GAME
Toronto 4, Washington 3 (2OT)
April 15, 2017 * Verizon Center * Washington, D.C.
Washington Goals: Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom
Shots: WSH: 50, TOR: 51
Power Plays: WSH: 2-5; TOR: 1-5
Three Stars: 1. Kapanen (TOR), 2. Backstrom (WSH), 3. Rielly (TOR)

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

INJURIES/ILLNESSES
None
Total Man-Games Lost: 0

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Monday in Game 3 of the 2017 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The series is tied 1-1.  

UPCOMING GAMES
DATE
OPPONENT
TIME
TV
RADIO
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, 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
Bouncing Back – Braden Holtby has posted two shutouts, a 1.72 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage in his playoff career following a loss. Washington posted a 16-6-4 record during the regular season following a regulation, overtime or shootout loss and Holtby registered an 11-4-3 record with one shutout, a 2.09 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage in 2016-17 following a loss.

TOP FIVE CAPS FACTS
Rising to the Occasion – Braden Holtby made 47 saves on Saturday against Toronto, tying his postseason career high (5/2/12 vs. NYR). In addition, Holtby’s 47 saves are tied for the fifth most in a game in franchise playoff history. Holtby has posted four shutouts, a 1.89 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in 48 career playoff games. He ranks first in NHL playoff history (min. 30 games played) in career save percentage and tied for fifth in career goals-against average. In addition, Holtby ranks first among active NHL goaltenders (min. 20 games played) in career playoff goals-against average and save percentage. Holtby has allowed two goals or fewer in 32 of his 48 career playoff games and Washington has posted a 21-11 record in those games. He ranks first in franchise history in postseason wins (23) and games played (48).

The Great Eight – Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal on Saturday against Toronto, passing Peter Bondra (13) for first place on the Capitals playoff power-play goals list. In addition, Ovechkin ranks tied for ninth among active NHL players in career playoff power-play goals (14). The Moscow native has registered 83 points (42g, 41a) in 86 career playoff games and ranks first in franchise postseason history in goals (42), points (83), power-play goals (14) and power-play points (36). In addition, Ovechkin ranks tied for fourth among active NHL players (min. 20 games played) in career playoff goals per game (0.49) and tied for fifth in playoff points per game (0.97). In 18 career games when his team has faced elimination, Ovechkin has registered 19 points (9g, 10a).

Saint Nick – Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal on Saturday against Toronto, marking his 21st career playoff goal. Backstrom is now tied with Dino Ciccarelli (21) for fourth place on the Capitals playoff goals list. In addition, has earned 63 points (21g, 42a) in 85 career playoff games and ranks third in franchise postseason history in points and tied for third in assists. 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).

Familiar Foes – Justin Williams has registered eight points (3g, 5a) in eight career playoff games against Toronto. Williams has earned three points (2g, 1a) in two games this series and 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.

Three’s Company – Alex Ovechkin has earned 17 points (8g, 9a) in 13 career Game 3s. Ovechkin has earned more points in Game 3 than any other game of a series. In addition, Nicklas Backstrom has tallied 12 points (3g, 9a) in 13 career Game 3s.

ADDITIONAL CAPITALS NOTES
Power Surge – The Capitals scored two power-play goals in Game 2 against Toronto, marking the 34th time in franchise postseason history Washington has scored two or more power-play goals in a game. The Capitals have scored three power-play goals in two games against Toronto this series and leads the NHL in power-play percentage (37.5%) this postseason.

O From D – John Carlson scored his seventh career postseason power-play goal on Saturday against Toronto, passing Mike Green (6) for the most career power-play goals by a defensemen in franchise playoff history. Carlson has registered 32 points (12g, 20a) in 65 career playoff games and ranks tied for third with Calle Johansson (12) on the Capitals postseason goals by a defenseman list.

Justin Time – Dating back to last season, Justin Williams has earned a point in six straight playoff games (5/2/16-4/15/17: 5g, 3a). Williams has earned 10 points (5g, 5a) in 14 playoff games with Washington and 88 points (35g, 53a) in 129 career playoff games. 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.

Osh With the Most – T.J. Oshie earned an assist on Saturday against Toronto, marking his second straight game with an assist (4/13 vs. TOR: 1a). Oshie has recorded 21 points (11g, 10a) in 44 career playoff games and 12 points (6g, 6a) in 14 postseason games with Washington.

Leading the Way – Washington’s roster has played in 1,051 career playoff games combined. 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 (129) 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 (114) and won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009.

Hitmen – The Capitals rank third in the NHL in hits this postseason (107) and recorded 55 hits in Game 2 against Toronto (4/15), tied for the second-most hits in a game this postseason (NY Rangers, 4/14: 74). Brooks Orpik ranks first among active NHL players in career postseason hits (467) and Alex Ovechkin (370) ranks seventh.

Raking The Leafs – Alex Ovechkin has recorded 60 points (33g, 27a) in 42 career regular-season games against the Maple Leafs, marking the fifth-most points he has earned against an NHL team in his career. Nicklas Backstrom has registered 32 points (6g, 26a) in 33 career regular-season games against the Maple Leafs and Braden Holtby has posted a 6-2-1 record against Toronto with one shutout, a 2.17 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.

Toppling Toronto – This postseason marks the first time the Capitals and Maple Leafs have met in the playoffs. Washington and Toronto met three times during the 2016-17 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.

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).

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) 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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