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Caps Today and Top Game Notes, 4/19/17

April 19, 2017
The Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Air Canada Centre in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Nicklas Backstrom registered two points (1g, 1a) on Monday at Toronto, marking his 14th career postseason multi-point game. Since he entered the NHL in 2007-08, Backstrom ranks second on the team in postseason multi-point games (Alex Ovechkin: 22). In addition, Backstrom passed Dino Ciccarelli (21) for fourth place on the Capitals playoff goals list on Monday and passed Calle Johansson (42) for third place on the franchise playoff assist list. Backstrom has earned 65 points (22g, 43a) in 86 career playoff games and ranks third in Capitals postseason history in points and assists, fourth in goals and sixth in games played.

Top Game Notes
Justin Time – Justin Williams earned an assist on Monday at Toronto, extending his point streak to three games this series (4/13-4/17: 2g, 2a). Williams’ point streak marks the ninth time in his career he has posted a point streak of three or more games in a playoff series. Dating back to last postseason, Williams has recorded a point in seven consecutive playoff games (5/2/16-4/17/17: 5g, 4a). The Cobourg, Ont., native has registered 11 points (5g, 6a) in 15 playoff games with Washington and recorded 89 points (35g, 54a) in 130 career playoff games.

The Great Eight – Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in his second consecutive game on Monday at Toronto. 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. The Moscow native ranks tied for first on the team in goals this postseason and has registered 84 points (43g, 41a) in 87 career playoff games. Ovechkin ranks first in franchise postseason history in goals, points, power-play goals (14) and power-play points (36). In addition, Ovechkin ranks tied for third 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).

Holt-beast – Braden Holtby has posted four shutouts, a 1.93 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage in 49 career playoff games. He ranks first in NHL playoff history (min. 30 games played) in career save percentage and tied for sixth 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 49 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 (49). Holtby made 47 saves on Saturday against Toronto, tying his postseason career high (5/2/12 vs. NYR). Holtby’s 47 saves are tied for the fifth most in a game in franchise playoff history.

Osh With the Most – T.J. Oshie recorded two assists on Monday at Toronto, 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). The Everett, Wash., native has recorded 23 points (11g, 12a) in 45 career playoff games and 14 points (6g, 8a) in 15 postseason games with Washington.

Four Score – Washington has won three of its last four Game 4s when trailing 2-1 in a series (2012 ECQF, 2012 ECSF, 2015 ECQF) and is 20-19 all-time in Game 4 of a series. Braden Holtby has posted a 1.95 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage in seven career Game 4s.

Must Read/See/Hear Material
Dump n’ Chase: Caps Look to Regain Home Ice Advantage in Game 4 / POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Leafs 4, Caps 3 (OT)
Monumental Sports Network: ALL CAPS | April 18 / Barry Trotz April 18
CSN Mid-Atlantic: Trotz Says ‘It’s on Me’ to Get Ovechkin More Playing Time / Capitals’ Karl Alzner Ruled Out for Game 4 Against Maple Leafs / Fear Not Caps Fans, Playoff Chaos was Across the Board on Monday Night / Prediction Recap: What Happened After the First Five Minutes?  / What do Caps Need to do Differently to get Back on Track? / Beninati Fully Expects Caps to Come Home With Series Tied / Beninati on Karl Alzner Being Ruled Out  / Joe Beninati on Barry Trotz’s Coaching During the Playoffs  / Beninati: ‘I Think the Caps Will Play Appropriately’  / El-Bashir and Walton: What Needs to Change for Caps? / Trotz Takes Responsibility Ovechkin’s Lack of Minutes
Washington Post: Why did Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin play so little against the Maple Leafs? / DC Sports Bog: Capitals-Maple Leafs Game 4 preview: Washington seeks to ‘change the narrative’ / Capitals Insider: Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner will miss Game 4 against Maple Leafs
Washington Times: Karl Alzner ruled out of Wednesday’s Capitals-Leafs game / Trotz: Leafs about to get a bigger dose of Ovechkin / Capitals defenseman Niskanen: Team must win to ‘change the narrative’
Caps Radio: Caps Talk for Tuesday, April 18th
Japers’ Rink: Wednesday Caps Clips

ESPN:  Young Leafs' leap of faith: Toronto's turnaround keyed by callow-but-confident stars
Globe and Mail:  Kelly: With Leafs in playoffs, fans have zero expectations Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello driven to win Stanley Cup againRoman Polak of Maple Leafs to have surgery on legNazem Kadri's muscle helps turn tide for Maple LeafsMaple Leafs give city that's waited reason to believe / Leafs depth a big factor versus Washington
National Post:  Toronto Maple Leafs have ‘energy to burn’ and are learning lessons quickly on the big stagePhil Kessel trade paying off for Toronto Maple Leafs (and Pittsburgh Penguins, too)
Sportsnet:  Capitals need to solve the Auston Matthews matrix 
TSN:  Leafs emerging as best story of the playoffs
The Athletic:  Maple Leafs players support their most internet-famous supporter, Dart Guy /  Charting Hockey: The stretch pass is helping the Leafs diffuse the Capitals’ attack /  Dellow: Maple Leafs’ overtime winning goal a product of persistence
The Hockey News:  Maple Leafs youngsters showing they can hang with Capitals stars
Toronto Sun:  'Dependable' Maple Leafs forward Hyman leaving his mark on Capitals seriesMaple Leafs getting crash course in playoff hockeyMaple Leafs' Kadri-Komarov a monster headache for Capitals