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Caps Today, 4/19/18

April 19, 2018
The Capitals face the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena tonight in Game 4 of the 2018 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Washington won Game 3 versus Columbus 3-2 in double overtime on April 17 at Nationwide Arena and trail the Blue Jackets 2-1 in the series. The Capitals posted a 3-1-0 record against the Blue Jackets during the regular season.

John Carlson scored his first goal of the playoffs in Game 3 on April 17 and now has seven points (1g, 6a) in three playoff games in this series. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Carlson became the first defenseman in franchise history to record seven points within the first three games of a playoff series and the first Capitals player since 1990 to record seven points in the first three games of a series (John Druce: 6g, 2a; Geoff Courtnall: 2g, 5a; Dale Hunter: 1g, 6a in 1990 versus New York Rangers). Additionally, Carlson became just the seventh defenseman in NHL history to record seven points in the first three games of a playoff series and the first since Al MacInnis in 1999 (2g, 6a with the St. Louis Blues). In 79 career playoff games, which is third in franchise history among defensemen, Carlson has 42 points (14g, 28a) and two game-winning goals. Carlson ranks fourth in franchise history in points by a defenseman in the playoffs. Carlson recorded 15 goals and 53 assists, all single-season highs, and his 68 points led NHL defensemen this season. Carlson became the eighth defensemen in franchise history to record 60 points in a season and the first since Mike Green in 2009-10 (76 points, 19g, 57a). Carlson’s 68 points this season are the seventh-highest single season total by a Capital in franchise history. Carlson became the third Capitals defenseman to lead the NHL in points since 2000 (Sergei Gonchar: 2001-02, 59 points; Mike Green: 2008-09, 2009-10: 73 and 76 points, respectively). Carlson is one of 28 active defensemen with at least 300 career points (77g, 256a).

This Day in Capitals History

April 19, 1986: Alan Haworth had two goals and three assists and Craig Laughlin netted the game-winning goal as the Capitals beat the New York Rangers 8-1 and evened the Patrick Division Final at a game apiece. The Capitals set a franchise record that still stands with eight goals in a postseason game, while Haworth’s five points remain a Capitals playoff game record for an individual. 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 and Jackets Set to Clash in Game 4 / #CapsJackets Postgame Notebook: Lucky 13 / Game 4 Viewing Party at Yard House / Starting Time and TV Information Set for Game 5

Washington Post: With minutes piling up for Capitals and Blue Jackets, fatigue could become a factor

Washington Times: As Capitals take another day off to recover physically, mental toughness may decide series / Snyder: D.C. sports fans feast on calendar loaded with local trifecta

NBC Sports Washington: Game 4 Capitals at Blue Jackets Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread / Braden Holtby's Game 3 performance brings clarity to Caps' goalie situation Holtby retains starting job for Capitals in Game 4 against Blue Jackets / Capitals, Blue Jackets working overtime in playoffs / Holtby, Schneider show value of switching goalies in playoffs

AP: Blue Jackets, Caps say there is still plenty in the tank

The Athletic: Have the Capitals converted overtime heartbreak into the experience needed to advance?

CBC: Brett Connolly's viral video, a happy Washington Capitals fan and one proud mom

The Hockey News: Working Overtime: Three Keys To The Remainder Of The Blue Jackets-Capitals Series

NBC Sports: Which team is most likely to come back from 2-1 deficit? (Washington Capitals mentioned)

New York Times: Capitals know it's hard; Golden Knights make it look easy

Sports Capitol: Capitals goalie Braden Holtby back in net for Game 4 / Capitals and Blue Jackets go well over time

Sports Illustrated: Stanley Cup Playoff Roundup: Crosby, Penguins Put Flyers on Brink of Elimination With Game 4 Win (Washington Capitals mentioned)

STATS LLC: Blue Jackets aim to take stranglehold vs. Capitals

TSN: Caps owner made an incredible offer to young fan that caught the puck from Connolly for Game 5

USA Today: Capitals owner Ted Leonsis offers seats, plans to meet girl who wanted puck

WTOP: Capitals upbeat after double OT win: ‘It’s a different series now’ / Caps owner Leonsis gives ‘puck girl,’ family front-row seats for Game 5

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: All-Access | Working Our Way Back / Community Leader: Lori Mezzanotte

NBC Sports Washington: Capitals-Blue Jackets Game 4 Preview

NHL Network: NHL Now: Holtby's play / NHL Now: Knockin' on Kevin’s Door (Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer mentioned)

ESPN: Game Misconduct Podcast: Missed Call in Minny (Washington Capitals mentioned)

TSN Montreal 690: Raby: Caps need more help from their top-6

USA Today: For the Win Podcast: Are the Washington Capitals doomed?

WNST: Ed Frankovic and Nestor wipe sleep from eyes after Caps Game 3 double OT win in Columbus

Blue Jackets Clips:

AP: Top picks from 2016 and 2017 are unfazed by playoff pressure

The Athletic: Blue Jackets getting a taste of the wild, wonderful ways of playoff overtime

The Cannon: Game 4 Preview: Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets / From Enemy Territory, it’s Nice Being on Other Side of Blue Jackets’ Early Fortunes

Columbus Blue Jackets: GAME 4 PREVIEW: Jackets, Capitals ready for more OT if necessary / #CBJ Social Roundup: April 18 / Game Five to air on locally NBC on Saturday at 3 p.m. / Sting of double OT loss will fade, but experience Jackets gained won't

Columbus Dispatch: Cannon Fodder podcast: Late night with Sergei! / Can Blue Jackets handle another overtime game? / Blue Jackets | Artemi Panarin flashing skill team sought in trade / Michael Arace | Turns out, John Tortorella is perfect match as Blue Jackets coach

Union and Blue: Columbus Blue Jackets Alexander Wennberg will miss Game Four / Columbus Blue Jackets Largest Home Crowd in History, Game 5 Time