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Caps Today, 4/28/18

April 28, 2018
With a goal and an assist during Game 1 on April 26, Alex Ovechkin became the 94th player in Stanley Cup Playoffs history – and ninth active NHL player – to record 100 career playoff points (52g, 48a) and the first player the reach the mark in franchise history. Additionally, Ovechkin’s 48 th career assist passed Dale Hunter (47) for second place all-time in franchise history.

This postseason, Ovechkin’s six goals and 10 points (6g, 4a) leads the Capitals and is tied for the fourth-most points in the NHL. Additionally, Ovechkin is tied for fourth among active NHL players (min. 20 games played) in career playoff goals per game (0.50) and tied for eighth in playoff points per game (0.96).

Ovechkin and the Capitals trail 1-0 in the series to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals are 11-7 all-time in series following a Game 1 loss.

This Day in Capitals History:

April 28, 2009: Sergei Fedorov scored the game-winning goal with 4:59 remaining in the third period as the Capitals beat the New York Rangers 2-1 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Verizon Center. With the win, the Capitals rallied from a 3-games-to-1 series deficit and advanced to the second round of the postseason for the first time in 11 years. It also marked the second time in franchise history the Capitals overcame a 3-1 series deficit (1988 Patrick Division Semifinals).  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: #CapsPens Postgame Notebook: Opportunity Missed / Capitals to Host Rock the Rink Rally at Kettler Capitals Iceplex April 28

Washington Post: A two-goal lead is hockey’s most dangerous. For the Capitals, it’s a grenade. / ‘When the pressure is on,’ so is Penguins goalie Matt Murray

NBC Sports Washington: The Caps' playoff losses this season defy all logic / Barry Trotz declares 'this group will battle back' Friday Four: Penguins make statement against Capitals in Game 1

AP: Capitals believe they can rebound from ‘kick in the stomach’

The Athletic: As the NHL’s top regular-season teams converge in Round 2, the league stands by its playoff format (Capitals mentioned)

ClickLancashire: National Hockey League playoffs: Five storylines to follow in the second round (Capitals mentioned)

ESPN: The 2018 final eight is great: Why this year's second round might be the best ever (Capitals mentioned)

FiveThirtyEight: Ovechkin Is The Best Player To Never Make A Conference Final

The Penn: Stanley Cup Playoffs heating up as second round begins (Capitals mentioned)

Sporting News: NHL playoffs 2018: Predictions, odds for Capitals vs. Penguins second-round series / NHL playoffs 2018: Sidney Crosby again showcases brilliance in Penguins' Round 2 opener (Capitals mentioned)

TV/Audio Clips:

106.7 The Fan: Chad Dukes vs. the World: 4-27-18 Hour 2 - Alan May (16:38) / Grant and Danny: 4.27.18 Hour 1: The Capitals lost Game 1 to the Penguins (2:28)

NBC Sports Washington: Caps-Pens Game 2: Time to get even

NHL Network: NHL Tonight: Ovi's odd-man rushes

ESPN New York 98.7: Game Misconduct Podcast: Can Caps catch Pens?

WJLA-TV ABC 7: #CapsPens Weather Report (7 a.m.)

Penguins Clips:

The Athletic: What’s different about a three-man penalty kill? / Yohe: Patric Hornqvist is the gift that keeps on giving / Yohe mailbag: Examining psychological impact of Game 1 between Penguins, Capitals /

DK Pittsburgh Sports: Malkin not among Hart finalists / Bradford: Crosby isn’t like most other NHL superstars / Sullivan: Tipping a must in today’s NHL Murray's calm demeanor key to Penguins playoff push

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Don't forget to tip. The Penguins always seem to remember. / Penguins work to correct early defensive issues against Capitals / Sidney Crosby turns up the heat in Game 1s. This year is no different.

Trib Live: Penguins make playoff life miserable for top goalies / Kevin Gorman: Don't count out Capitals against Penguins just yet / Penguins take advantage of tipped shots / Penguins' goal in Game 2: Limit odd-man rushes