Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Game 1
Postgame Notes and Audio
Capital One Arena | April 12, 2018
| Columbus Blue Jackets
| Washington Capitals
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· The Capitals have a scheduled day off tomorrow and will resume with a practice at 10:30 on Saturday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
· Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded two goals, marking his second career two-goal playoff game and his 13 th career playoff goal. Kuznetsov’s goals came 29 seconds apart on the power play, 13 seconds shy of the Capitals’ franchise playoff record (Larry Murphy, also scored on the power play in 1985). Kuznetsov’s two power play goals also marked the fourth-fastest set of back-to-back power play goals in NHL history. Kuznetsov also led the Capitals with six shots.
· Devante Smith-Pelly scored a goal, his seventh career playoff goal in his 25 th career playoff game.
· John Carlson recorded a playoff career high three assists.
· Nicklas Backstrom recorded two assists. Backstrom has 51 career assists in the playoffs, the most in franchise history. Backstrom also led the team with 14 face-off wins in 24 draws (58 percent).
· Jakub Vrana recorded an assist and became the first Capitals rookie to record an assist in the playoffs since Andre Burakovsky in 2015.
· Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced, including 19 of 21 at even strength.
· Matt Niskanen led the Capitals with six hits and six blocked shots.
· Dmitry Orlov led the team with 28:59 of ice time.
· Tonight marked the first time in franchise history the Capitals played the Blue Jackets in the playoffs.
· Tonight was the Capitals’ 63 rd playoff overtime game in franchise history and are 28-35 in overtime.
· The Capitals are 10-7 all-time when dropping the first game in the series.
· Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 405 th consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.
Capitals Postgame Audio
Columbus Blue Jackets Postgame Audio