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Caps Today, 4/15/18

April 15, 2018
The Capitals host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Capital One Arena tonight in Game 2 of the 2018 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Washington lost Game 1 versus Columbus 4-3 in overtime on April 12 at Capital One Arena. Washington is 10-7 all-time in playoff series when dropping Game 1.  The Capitals posted a 3-1-0 record against the Blue Jackets during the regular season.

The Capitals are 14-12 all-time at home in Game 2 of a series and have posted a 10-7 record in Game 2 when they trail a series 1-0. In addition, Washington has won Game 2 in six of its last nine playoff series. Alex Ovechkin has earned 18 points (10g, 8a) and Nicklas Backstrom has tallied 17 points (8g, 9a) in 15 career Game 2s. In 41 playoff games following a loss, Ovechkin has 44 points (17g, 27a), including 10 points (3g, 7a) following seven career Game 1 losses.

This Day in Capitals History

April 15, 1990: John Druce had the game-winning goal as the Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in Game 6 of the Patrick Division Semifinals. With the win, the Capitals advanced to the Patrick Division Final where they would face the New York Rangers. Druce’s game-winning goal was the start of his franchise postseason record seven-game goal scoring streak. Additional info on the Caps history and behind-the-scenes stories can be found in '100 Things Capitals Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die'

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Look to Get Even in Game 2

Washington Post: Caps know they need to be better in Game 2, but they’re not overreacting / After sitting Game 1, YouTube sensation turned NHL player will get his chance against the Capitals / Capitals could be at full strength in Game 2 with Jay Beagle back in the lineup

Washington Times: After Capitals feel his absence in Game 1, Beagle nearing return / Grubauer to remain Washington Capitals’ starting goaltender Game 2 vs. Columbus

NBC Sports Washington: Game 2 Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread / Philipp Grubauer remains the starter for Game 2 / Capitals get good news on Kempny, Beagle injuries Grubauer will stay in goal for Capitals against Blue Jackets in Game 2

AP: Stand by your man: Flyers, Caps riding same goaltenders

ESPN: The experience effect: Which NHL playoff teams are impacted most? (Washington Capitals mentioned)

The Hockey News: THE NHL'S TOP 10 ACTIVE LEADERS IN CAREER PLAYOFF GOALS, POINTS, WINS, SHUTOUTS & MORE (Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby mentioned)

NBC Sports: Capitals sticking with Philipp Grubauer for Game 2

Sporting News: NHL playoffs 2018: Today's scores, schedule, live updates (Washington Capitals mentioned)

Sports Illustrated: Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Pastrnak, Bruins Blitz Maple Leafs for a 2-0 Series Lead (Washington Capitals mentioned)

SportsNet: Blue Jackets’ Wennberg out for Game 2 vs. Capitals

Sports Xchange: Capitals look to bounce back against Blue Jackets

WTOP: Capitals Beagle eyes Game 2 return

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Locker Room | April 14 / Barry Trotz | April 14 / Caps 365 | April 14

NBC Sports Washington: Latest: Jay Beagle hopes to play in Game 2

NHL Network: Hat Trick Challenge for Sunday (Nicklas Backstrom mentioned)

WTOP: This Date Caps History: Backstrom Goal Opens Door for Proposal

Blue Jackets Clips:

1 st Ohio Battery: The Blue Jackets' Game 1 Victory Has Turned Up The Heat On The Washington Capitals

The Athletic: Stanley Cup playoffs finally become family affair for Nick and Marcus Foligno / Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner found a new gear when he rediscovered his confidence / Blue Jackets' Alexander Wennberg doubtful for Game 2, but Capitals' Tom Wilson avoids further punishment

The Cannon: Thomas Vanek May Make the Difference Against the Capitals / Blue Jackets vs. Capitals, Practice Notes: Nick Foligno Centers Boone Jenner and Thomas Vanek

Columbus Blue Jackets: GAME 2 PREVIEW: Leading series 1-0, Jackets plan to 'step on the gas' / BLUE JACKETS REPORT: Wennberg injury tests depth, Anderson undeterred / CAPITALS REPORT: Grubauer in net again, Beagle barking to get back in / Sights and sounds: Practice April 14 / Wennberg Injury Could Shift Lines In Game 2

Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets | It’s full speed ahead in seeking Game 2 win / Blue Jackets | Alexander Wennberg injury a blow to emerging line / Blue Jackets | Pierre-Luc Dubois earns coach’s trust Wennberg out for Blue Jackets in Game 2 against Capitals