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Postgame Notes, 4/17/17

April 17, 2017
Team Schedule
·         The Capitals will practice at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Mastercard Centre.

Player Notes
·         Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal, passing Dino Ciccarelli (21) for fourth place on the Capitals playoff goals list. Backstrom earned two points (1g, 1a), marking his 14th career postseason multi-point game. He has earned three points (2g, 1a) in three games this series. In addition, Backstrom won 14 of 23 faceoffs tonight (60.9%).
·         T.J. Oshie recorded two assists, marking his third career postseason multi-assist game and sixth career multi-point game. Dating back to last postseason, Oshie has tallied a point in five consecutive games (5/7/16-4/17/17: 2g, 5a). In addition, Oshie has recorded a point in three straight games this postseason (4/13-4/17: 4a), tying his career-long point streak in a single postseason (4/16/16-4/20/16: 1g, 3a).
·         Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in his second consecutive game, marking his franchise-leading 43rd career postseason goal and 84th point. In addition, Ovechkin led Washington in shots (5).
·         Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal, marking his second point of the series (4/13 vs. TOR: 1a) and seventh career playoff goal.
·         Justin Williams earned an assist, extending his point streak to three games this postseason (4/13-4/17: 2g, 2a). Dating back to last season, Williams has earned a point in seven straight playoff games (5/2/16-4/17/17: 5g, 4a). In addition, Williams has registered nine points (3g, 6a) in nine career playoff games against Toronto.
·         Braden Holtby stopped 24 of 28 shots. 
·         Nate Schmidt made his 2017 postseason debut and earned an assist, marking his second career playoff point (4/18/16 at PHI: 1a).
·         Marcus Johansson earned an assist, marking his second straight game with an assist (4/15 vs. TOR: 1a) and 17th career playoff assist.
·         Matt Niskanen led Washington in ice time (24:40) and blocked shots (5).
·         Brooks Orpik led the Capitals in hits (5).

Team Notes
·         This series marks the first time in Capitals playoff history that the first three games of a series have required overtime and the second time in franchise postseason history three consecutive games required overtime (4/20/93-4/24/93 vs. NYI).
·         According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nicklas Backstrom’s goal at 2:43 of the first period is the Capitals fastest goal to start a playoff game since Alex Ovechkin scored at 1:28 of the first period on May 9, 2012 against the NY Rangers.
·         Washington won 30 of 58 faceoffs (51.7%).

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