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Post Game Notes and Audio: WSH vs. PIT, Game 5, 5/5/18

May 5, 2018

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 5

Postgame Notes and Audio

Capital One Arena | May 5, 2018







Pittsburgh Penguins





Washington Capitals





Capitals lead the series 3-2

Game Summary | Event Summary | @CapitalsPR |


Team Schedule

·       The Capitals will be off on Sunday. Head coach Barry Trotz will be available to the media at 2:30 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Washington will hold a full morning skate on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at PPG Paints Arena.


Player Notes

·       Jakub Vrana scored the game-winning goal and recorded two assists. That marked Vrana’s first career multi-point playoff game. Vrana entered the game with two career playoff points.

·       Braden Holtby stopped 36 of the 39 shots he faced (.923 save percentage), including 27 of the 28 shots at even strength. Holtby improved to 7-3 in the playoffs.

·       John Carlson opened the scoring for the Capitals to record his third goal of the playoffs and his 11 th point of the postseason. Carlson’s 11 points are ranked second among NHL defensemen in the playoffs. Additionally, Carlson is one point shy of setting the franchise mark for most points by a defenseman in the postseason (Kevin Hatcher, 1988: 5g, 7a; Scott Stevens, 1988: 1g, 11; Carlson, 2016: 5g, 7a).

·       Brett Connolly scored the Capitals’ second goal of the game to record his second career playoff goal. Connolly's goal came 33 seconds after Carlson's goal. That's one second shy of the Capitals' playoff franchise mark of two goals by two different players (32 seconds, Craig Laughlin and Dave Christian, 4/5/84 vs. PHI).

·       Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in the opening minute of a period (Game 1: 17 seconds into first period) for the second time this series. Additionally, Kuznetsov recorded two assists, his second-consecutive game with an assist. Kuznetsov also co-led the team with nine face-off wins.

·       T.J. Oshie recorded a goal and an assist and now has points in three-consecutive games (2g, 2a).

·       Lars Eller recorded a goal and an assist, his fourth assist of the playoffs and one shy of his mark set last season.

·       Alex Ovechkin recorded an assist, his sixth of the playoffs.

·       Matt Niskanen recorded an assist, his third of the playoffs.

·       Jay Beagle co-led the team with nine face-off wins.

·       Devante Smith-Pelly led the team with five hits.


Team Notes

·       The Capitals have won seven of their last nine playoff games overall.

·       Washington has now won six-straight Game 5s when the series is tied 2-2.

·       The Capitals four goals in the third period tied the franchise record for most goals in a single period at home (third occurrence, most recent May 9, 1998 versus the Ottawa Senators).

·       The Capitals recorded a power play goal and lead the NHL with 13 power play goals this postseason. Washington has registered a power play goal in 10 of their 11 playoff games.

·       Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 410 th consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.


Capitals Postgame Audio

John Carlson

Brett Connolly

Braden Holtby

Jakub Vrana

Barry Trotz


Pittsburgh Penguins Postgame Audio

Sidney Crosby

Matt Murray

Justin Schultz

Conor Sheary

Mike Sullivan