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Post Game Notes and Audio: WSH vs. CBJ, Game 2, 4/16/18

April 16, 2018

Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, Game 2

Postgame Notes and Audio

Capital One Arena | April 15, 2018








Columbus Blue Jackets






Washington Capitals






Columbus leads series, 2-0

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Team Schedule

·         The Capitals will have a day off on Monday. Head coach Barry Trotz will be available to the media on a conference call at 10:30 a.m. Call-in information will be emailed to the media Monday morning. The Capitals will resume with a morning skate at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena prior to playing Game 3 against Columbus.


Player Notes

·         Alex Ovechkin recorded two power play goals, his first two goals of the playoffs. That marked Ovechkin’s 47 th and 48 th career goal in the payoffs. Additionally, that marked Ovechkin’s sixth career multi-goal game in the playoffs, passing Peter Bondra (5) and Dale Hunter (5) for the most in franchise history. Ovechkin also led the team with 10 shots and five hits.

·         Jay Beagle scored his seventh career playoff goal and won 11 of 16 faceoffs (69%).

·         T.J. Oshie scored his first goal of the playoffs and recorded an assist. Oshie has collected 24 points (11g, 13a) in 27 playoff games with Washington.

·         John Carlson recorded three assists and now has a league leading six assists in the playoffs. That marked Carlson’s third career three-point performance in the playoffs, tied with Scott Stevens for the most by a defenseman in franchise history. Carlson also led the team with 30:06 of ice time.

·         Nicklas Backstrom recorded two assists, and now has 53 career assists in the playoffs, the most in franchise history.

·         Brooks Orpik recorded an assist, his 18 th career assist in the playoffs.

·         Jakub Jerabek recorded an assist, his first career point in the playoffs (two career games).

·         Philipp Grubauer stopped 18 of 22 shots.

·         Braden Holtby stopped seven of the eight shots he faced.

·         Matt Niskanen led the Capitals with three blocked shots.


Team Notes

·         The Capitals recorded 17 shots in the first period and 21 in the third period. Washington’s franchise high for shots in a period is 22 on April 26, 2010.

·         Washington recorded 52 shots in regulation, besting the franchise record for a regulation home playoff game (previous high: 49 versus New York Rangers, April 23, 1990). It also marked the second-highest shot total in a regulation game in the playoffs in franchise history (54: April 26, 2010 versus Montreal Canadiens).

·         Tonight was the Capitals’ 64 th playoff overtime game in franchise history. Washington dropped to 28-36 in overtime.

·         The Capitals are 2-5 all-time when dropping the first two games in the series.

·         Washington dropped the first two homes games of the series last year against Pittsburgh before forcing Game 7 at Capital One Arena.

·         Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 406 th consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.



Capitals Postgame Audio

Nicklas Backstrom

John Carlson

Braden Holtby

Matt Niskanen

Barry Trotz


Columbus Blue Jackets Postgame Audio

Cam Atkinson

Sergei Bobrovsky

Matt Calvert

Nick Foligno

John Tortorella