Washington 5, Toronto 4
April 19, 2017 * Air Canada Centre * Toronto, Ont.
Washington Goals: T.J. Oshie (2), Alex Ovechkin, Tom Wilson (2)
Shots: WSH: 27, TOR: 34
Power Plays: WSH: 1-1; TOR: 1-4
Three Stars: 1. Oshie (WSH), 2. Wilson (WSH), 3. Nylander (TOR)
Karl Alzner, missed two games (4/17-4/19)
Total Man-Games Lost: 2
The Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center on Friday in Game 5 of the 2017 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The series is tied 2-2.
| April 21
|| 7 p.m.
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|| 104.7 FM, WFED 1500, Caps 24/7
| April 23
|| at Toronto
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| April 25*
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NOTE OF THE NIGHT
The Great Eight – Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal on Wednesday at Toronto, extending his goal streak to three games (4/15-4/19: 3g). This marks the fourth time in Ovechkin’s playoff career he has recorded a goal streak of three games or longer. The Moscow native ranks first among active players (min. 40 GP) in career playoff goals per game (0.50) and tied for fourth in career playoff points per game (0.97). Ovechkin ranks tied for third in the NHL in goals this postseason (3) and has earned 85 points (44g, 41a) in 88 career playoff games. He ranks first in franchise playoff history in goals and points, fifth in games played and tied for fifth in assists.
TOP FIVE CAPS FACTS
Saint Nick – Nicklas Backstrom earned two assist on Wednesday at Toronto, marking his second consecutive multi-point game (4/17 at TOR: 1g, 1a) and franchise-leading 10th career postseason multi-assist game. With his second assist on Wednesday, Backstrom passed Scott Stevens (44) for second place on the franchise playoff assist list. He now sits three assists shy of passing Dale Hunter (47) for first. On Monday at Toronto, Backstrom passed Dino Ciccarelli (21) for fourth place on the Capitals playoff goals list. The Gavle, Sweden, native ranks second in Capitals playoff history in assists (45), third in points (67), fourth in goals (22) and sixth in games played (87). He has earned a point in three consecutive games (4/15-4/19: 2g, 3a) and has tallied 17 points in his last 17 playoff games (5/13/15-4/19/17: 4g, 13a).
Two for Tom – Tom Wilson scored two goals in the first period on Wednesday at Toronto, marking his first career multi-goal game (regular season or playoffs, 345 GP). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wilson is the first Capitals player to score two goals in the first period of a playoff game since Matt Bradley on April 24, 2009 vs. NYR (2g). Wilson has scored three goals in four games this series after recording two assists in his previous 28 career playoff games. The Toronto native ranks tied for third in the NHL in goals this postseason.
Osh With the Most – T.J. Oshie scored two goals on Wednesday at Toronto, marking his third career postseason multi-goal game and his second with Washington (4/28/16 vs. PIT: 3g). Oshie has earned a point all four games this postseason (4/13-4/19: 2g, 4a), marking his longest point streak in a single postseason in his career. Dating back to last postseason, Oshie has earned a point in six consecutive playoff games (5/7/16-4/19/17: 4g, 5a). The Everett, Wash., native has recorded 16 points (8g, 8a) in 16 career playoff games with Washington after recording nine points (5g, 4a) in his previous 30 playoff games.
Holt-beast – Braden Holtby made 30 saves on Wednesday at Toronto, marking his 27th career postseason game with 30 or more saves. Since he made his postseason debut in 2011-12, Holtby ranks tied for second in the NHL in 30-save playoff games (Henrik Lundqvist: 30). Wednesday also marked Holtby’s 50th career postseason game, becoming the first goaltender in franchise playoff history to reach the 50-game plateau. The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native has posted four shutouts, a 1.97 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in his playoff career and ranks first in Capitals postseason history in wins (24) and games played (50). In addition, he ranks first in NHL playoff history (min. 40 games played) in career save percentage and fifth in career goals-against average. Holtby also ranks first among active NHL goaltenders (min. 20 games played) in career playoff save percentage and tied for first in career playoff goals-against average.
Five Alive – The Capitals have won three consecutive Game 5s when the series is tied 2-2 (2012 ECQF, 2013 ECQF, 2015 ECQF). Braden Holtby has registered a 1.65 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage in seven career Game 5s and Alex Ovechkin has earned 10 points (6g, 4a) in 12 career Game 5s.
ADDITIONAL CAPITALS NOTES
Charged Up – Alex Ovechkin has scored two power-play goals this series and ranks tied for second in the NHL in power-play goals this postseason. With his power-play goal against Toronto in Game 2, Ovechkin passed Peter Bondra (13) for first place on the Capitals playoff power-play goals list. He also ranks first in franchise playoff history in power-play points (37). Since Ovechkin made his postseason debut in 2007-08, he ranks tied for fifth in the NHL in power-play goals (15) and fifth in power-play points. In addition, he ranks tied for ninth among active players in career playoff power-play goals
Double Trouble – Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie each scored two goals in Game 4 at Toronto. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wilson and Oshie are the first pair of teammates to score two goals in the same playoff game for Washington since Alex Ovechkin (2g, 1a) and Mike Knuble (2g) on April 21, 2010 at Montreal.
Hitmen – The Capitals have recorded 169 hits this postseason, ranking third in the NHL. Washington recorded 55 hits in Game 2 against Toronto (4/15), tied for the third-most hits in a game this postseason. Matt Niskanen (22) ranks tied for second in the League in hits during the playoffs and Alex Ovechkin (19) ranks tied for sixth. In addition, Brooks Orpik ranks first among active NHL players in career postseason hits (477) and Ovechkin (379) ranks seventh.
Starting Strong – The Capitals scored four goals in the first period on Wednesday at Toronto, marking the second time in franchise playoff history Washington has scored four or more goals in the first period (4/23/90 vs. NYR: 4g). The Capitals have scored seven goals in the first period this season, ranking first in the NHL. In addition, Washington has scored first in each of their last two games and has posted a 22-6 record since the 2009-10 postseason when scoring first.
Power Surge – Washington has scored a power-play goal in three of its four games this series and is 4 for 12 on the power-play, ranking second in the NHL in power-play percentage (33.3%) this postseason. In addition, 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.
Offensive Behavior – The Capitals scored five goals on Wednesday at Toronto, marking just the third time in Washington’s last 63 playoff games it has scored five or more goals. The Capitals rank tied for second in the NHL this postseason in goals per game (3.50).
Familiar Foes – Justin Williams has registered nine points (3g, 6a) in 10 career playoff games against Toronto. Williams has earned four points (2g, 2a) in four 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.
O From D – Capitals defensemen have earned a point in all four of Washington’s games this postseason and have combined to record nine points (1g, 8a). In addition, six of the seven defensemen to play in the series have earned a point.
On The Job Experience – Washington’s roster has played in 1,089 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 (131) 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 tied for fifth among active NHL defensemen in career playoff games played (116) and won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009.
Working Overtime – This series marks the first time in Capitals playoff history that the first three games of a series required overtime and the second time in franchise postseason history three consecutive games required overtime (4/20/93-4/24/93 vs. NYI).
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.
The 2017 Washington Capitals Playoff Guide is available for download here.