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Caps Today, 5/4/18

May 4, 2018
The Capitals are tied 2-2 in the series following last night’s loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In Game 5 when the series is tied 2-2, Washington has won four-straight Game 5s at home and five-straight overall.

Entering Game 5, goaltender Braden Holtby has posted a 6-3-0 record with a 2.07 goals-against average (third among goaltenders currently in the playoffs) and .924 save percentage (third among goaltenders with at least three games played currently in the playoffs). In the series, Holtby has a 2.28 goals against average, the lowest goals against average among second-round goaltenders, and a .913 save percentage, the third-highest save percentage in the second-round.  Holtby has posted four shutouts, a 2.01 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage in a franchise-record 68 career playoff games. The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, native ranks second in NHL playoff history (min. 50 games played) in career save percentage and second in career goals-against average. In addition, Holtby ranks first among active NHL goaltenders (min. 20 games played) in career playoff save percentage and goals-against average. Holtby has allowed two goals or fewer in 43 of his 68 career playoff games and Washington has posted a 29-14 record in those games. During the regular season, Holtby has played in 160 career games following one day of rest, recording 2.16 goals against average and a .927 save percentage, his lowest goals against average and his highest save percentage of any other combination of days with rest.  

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Pens Nip Caps 3-1 to Even Series / #CapsPens Skate Shavings: Getting Greedy / Start Time and TV Information Set for Game 6 and Game 7

Washington Post: Capitals-Penguins series tied, but frustrations mount for Washington after missed chance / Crosby again has a hand in everything as Penguins knot series with Capitals / T.J. Oshie says Tom Wilson suspension motivates Caps: ‘We want to win the game for him.’ / Svrluga: Buckle up: This Capitals-Penguins playoff series is a long way from over

Washington Times: Alex Ovechkin fails to record a shot in Game 4 loss / Penguins even series with Capitals in Game 4 win / Capitals enjoy secondary scoring while Penguins’ lower lines struggle

NBC Sports Washington: 4 reasons the Caps lost to the Penguins in Game 4 / 3 stars of the game: Penguins stifle Capitals' offense to take Game 4 / T.J. Oshie was fired up about Tom Wilson's suspension

NHL.com: Ovechkin, Capitals quiet in loss to Penguins in Game 4 / Penguins top Capitals in Game 4, even Eastern series / Start times set for second round on May 7 and 9 / Malkin takes flight, narrowly scores diving goal

AP: Penguins hold Ovie without shot, even series with Capitals / High-scoring top lines dominating best defenders in playoffs (Capitals mentioned)

The Athletic: The Capitals have reached an all-too-familiar point against the Penguins

CBS Sports: Capitals and Penguins avoid another controversy on Malkin goal in front of the net / NHL Playoffs 2018: Did Sidney Crosby spit on a Capitals player during post-whistle scrum?

ESPN: Penguins limit Capitals' Tom Wilson-less top line to even series / Capitals unhappy with NHL after Tom Wilson hit with 3-game ban / Did the NHL go too high with Tom Wilson's suspension?

The Free Lance Star: Washington Capitals, Fredericksburg team up to bring roller-hockey rink to Dixon Park

The Hockey News: Fired Up Capitals Vow To Rally Around Wilson Suspension / Which Free Agents Have Changed Their Stocks Most In The 2018 Playoffs? (John Carlson mentioned)

NBC Sports: The Buzzer: Penguins, Predators even things up (Capitals mentioned) / Guentzel helps Penguins tie series with Capitals / Penguins – Capitals nastiness boils over in Letang – Oshie fight / Penguins’ top line is doing all of the heavy lifting / Penguins get Carl Hagelin back for Game 4 against Capitals

NHLPA: Visa Presents: Player Q&A With Nicklas Backstrom

Omnisport: NHL playoffs 2018: Watch Capitals' TJ Oshie, Penguins' Kris Letang throw down in final minute / NHL Playoffs 2018: Penguins' Jake Guentzel joins exclusive clubs with second-period goal / NHL playoffs 2018: Capitals unhappy with Tom Wilson suspension

Reuters: Guentzel pulls Penguins even with Caps

Sporting News: NHL playoffs 2018: Evgeni Malkin scores on puck that just crosses goal line / Penguins vs. Capitals: 10 most memorable (and forgettable) moments in playoff rivalry

Sports Capitol: Penguins 3-1 win in Game 4 evens series with Capitals / T.J. Oshie and two sides of a controversial suspension

Sports Illustrated: Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Pens Even Series with Caps; Predators Snap Jets Home Win Streak

SportsNet: Penguins battle through gritty Game 4 to pull level with Capitals / T.J. Oshie disagrees with Tom Wilson suspension: ‘It’s very extreme’

TSN: Oshie sounds off on Wilson's three-game suspension / Capitals have impressed against Penguins’ potent power play

USA Today: Unlike Game 2, Penguins beneficiary of goal review in Game 4 win vs. Capitals / Capitals' T.J Oshie on suspension to Tom Wilson after hit that broke opponent's jaw: 'Very extreme'

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Caps Postgame Locker Room | May 3 / Caps 365 | May 3 / Barry Trotz Postgame | May 3

Monumental Sports Network: Caps Red Line: Capitals vs Penguins Game 4

106.7 The Fan: Sports Junkies: 5/3 Hour 1- Wilson's suspension (1:23, 22:25) / Sports Junkies: 5/3 Hour 2- More on the Wilson suspension (21:40) / Sports Junkies: 5/3 Hour 3- Alan May (28:00) / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-3-18 Hour 2 - Tom Wilson is Suspended (0:10, 21:12) / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-3-18 Hour 2 - Alan May (7:06) / Grant and Danny: 5.3.18 Hour 1: Grant and Danny discuss If the Tom Wilson suspension was appropriate / Grant and Danny: 5.3.18 Hour 2: E.J. Hradek

NBC Sports: Capitals fail to test an injured Murray

NBC Sports Washington: Capitals Extra Podcast: Game 4: Caps fall to Penguins 3-1 in Pittsburgh / Player's Cut: Oshie keeps energy levels high in Game 4 loss / T.J. Oshie reacts to Tom Wilson's suspension

NHL Network: NHL Tonight: Caps Game 4 / NHL Tonight: Jake Guentzel (Capitals mentioned) / NHL Tonight: Matt Murray (Capitals mentioned) / NHL Now: Head-to-Head matchups (Capitals mentioned) / NHL LiveWire: WSH vs. PIT, Gm3

ESPN: Fri, 5/4 - In the Crease / T.J. Oshie breaks down his tussle with Kris Letang, the Capitals' Game 4 loss and what the loss of Tom Wilson means. / Mic'd up moments from the Caps' Game 3 win / ESPN on Ice Podcast: Tom Wilson (27:27)

ESPN New York 98.7: Game Misconduct Podcast: Lightning Strike (Tom Wilson mentioned)

SportsNet: Wilson Loss Crucial, But Next Man Up For Capitals

TSN: Capitals come to the defence of Wilson / Poulin: Malkin’s goal is the secondary scoring the Pens need (Capitals mentioned)

TSN Ottawa 1200: McGuire: I'm surprised Tom Wilson got three games

TSN Toronto 1050: Duthie: Tom Wilson's suspension and headshots

TSN Vancouver 1040: McLennan: Had Washington and Winnipeg at start of playoffs, sticking with it

WJLA-TV ABC 7: Live hit from Pittsburgh (5 p.m.) / Live hit from Pittsburgh (6 p.m.)

WRC-TV NBC 4: Live hit from Pittsburgh (11 p.m.) / Live hit from Pittsburgh (6 p.m.) / Live hit from Pittsburgh (5 p.m.) / Live hit from Pittsburgh (4 p.m.)

Penguins Clips:

The Athletic: Matt Murray rebounds again after a loss by just stopping ‘the next shot’ / Penguins dig deep, display defensive gem in Game 4 victory

DK Pittsburgh Sports: Kovacevic: Eventually, Penguins will learn everything starts with their defending / Kovacevic: Capitals thrown off by Wilson’s loss? / Sullivan’s changes walk a fine line / Views from ice level: Letang the enforcer / Friday Insider: NHL, players must take stand against head shots / FInal: Penguins 3, Capitals 1 / Could Penguins spring Sprong on Capitals? / Bradford’s three keys for Penguins vs. Capitals in Game 4 / Capitals’ Oshie sounds off on Wilson’s three-game suspension

NHL.com: Murray, Penguins back on track in Game 4 win against Capitals

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 'We defended hard...we stayed above the attack': Penguins defeat Capitals; series tied / Dave Molinari's Report Card: Penguins 3, Capitals 1 / Ron Cook: Mike Sullivan again shows uncanny feel for his Penguins team / ‘Character guy’ Matt Murray bounces back / The Penguins' defense shut down Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals in their Game 4 win / Instant analysis: Penguins' top line makes the difference again in Game 4 win / Paul Zeise: The Capitals have a chance to prove this year is different / The Penguins power play may be starting to click again / Ron Cook: NHL may be more dangerous without enforcers

Trib Live: Three things we learned from Penguins-Capitals Game 4 / NHL sets schedule for rest of Penguins-Capitals series / Twice-reviewed Evgeni Malkin goal gives Penguins win in Game 4 / Kevin Gorman: Mike Sullivan's bold line changes prove pivotal for Penguins / Rob Rossi: Capitals show what they lack before, during, after Game 4 vs. Penguins / Tim Benz: Game 4 shows how Tom Wilson's absence hurts Capitals / So long, Mario. Penguins' Jake Guentzel adds to historic playoff numbers / Kevin Gorman's Take 5 on Game 4: Thoughts on Penguins 3, Capitals 1 / Penguins notebook: Capitals use Tom Wilson's suspension as rallying cry / With Tom Wilson suspended, Penguins' Jamie Oleksiak focusing on 'task at hand'
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