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Caps Today, 5/12/18

May 12, 2018
The Washington Capitals won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final 4-2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. That marks the 27 th time in franchise history the Capitals have won Game 1, and they improved to 9-8 on the road in Game 1s overall.

Washington improved to 6-1 on the road in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, outscoring opponents 24-15 in those contests. The Capitals lead all teams in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a franchise-record 15 power-play goals, seven more that the next-closest club in the Conference Finals (WPG: 8). The record for most power-plays goals in a postseason is 35 (since 1933-34), a mark set by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With an assist in Game 1, John Carlson recorded his 12 th point of the playoffs. That’s tied for the Capitals' franchise mark for points by a defenseman in the playoffs (Kevin Hatcher, 1988: 5g, 7a; Scott Stevens, 1988: 1g, 11; Carlson, 2016: 5g, 7a). Carlson’s 12 points are tied for the second-most among defensemen in the playoffs, and Carlson has recorded a point in eight of the Capitals’ 13 games. In 89 career playoff games, which is the second most in franchise history among defensemen, Carlson has 47 points (16g, 31a) and one game-winning goal.  Carlson’s 16 career playoff goals are tied for the most in franchise history (Hatcher), while his 47 points are one shy of tying for third in franchise history (Hatcher). Carlson’s 68 points (15g, 53a) led the NHL this season and 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).

Alex Ovechkin (1g, 1a) scored his 55th career postseason goal to pass Nicklas Lidstrom, Rick MacLeish and Steve Thomas (all w/ 54) for sole possession of 44th place on the NHL’s all-time list. He has scored nine goals in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (9g, 8a), five shy of the franchise record for most in postseason set by John Druce in 1990 (14).

Braden Holtby (19 saves) improved to 9-3 in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (2.04 GAA, .925 SV%). His nine wins are three shy of the franchise record for most by a goaltender in a postseason, a mark set by Olie Kolzig in Washington’s run to the 1998 Stanley Cup Final (12-9).

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Take Down Tampa Bay in Game 1, 4-2 / Caps Move On to the Back Eight / #CapsBolts Skate Shavings: Third Round, Third Time Taking on Tampa Bay

Washington Post: Capitals-Lightning Game 1: Washington strikes first, takes 1-0 series lead over Tampa / Ineffective penalty killing leaves Lightning at big disadvantage in Game 1 / Steve Yzerman runs the Lightning the way he captained the Red Wings: Relentlessly / Svrluga: Suddenly, the Capitals are on the right side of a series of fortunate events / D.C. Sports Bog: ‘D.C. needs this bad’: Pair of ex-Redskins attended Caps’ Game 1 win in Tampa / D.C. Sports Bog: For two screaming Caps fans, history, commitment, suffering and release — in 13 seconds / D.C. Sports Bog: D.C. Council member optimistic about extended Metro service for Caps games

Washington Times: Scorching Capitals power play comes through again / Ovechkin leads Capitals past Lightning in Game 1 / Capitals-Lightning Game 1: How to watch, when, what channel, radio / Burakovsky likely to play in Game 1 vs. Tampa; Backstrom doubtful

NBC Sports Washington: The trade that saved the Caps' season / 3 reasons the Caps beat the Lightning in Game 1 / 3 stars of the game: Ovechkin, Caps start strong, survive late Lightning push to take Game 1 / Disallowed Lightning goal turns to 2-0 lead for Caps / Eastern Conference Final: Capitals vs. Lightning predictions, projections / Capitals vs. Lightning Preview: 3 keys to the series Ovechkin, Capitals top Lightning in Game 1 / Capitals waste no time making Lightning's bad break worse / Ovechkin a dominant force for Capitals in Game 1 win against Lightning / 5 Keys: Capitals at Lightning, Game 1 / Fleury, Ovechkin, Scheifele among early Conn Smythe Trophy candidates (Braden Holtby mentioned) / 'Quest for the Stanley Cup' turns into celebration (Capitals mentioned)

AP: Ovechkin has goal and assist, Capitals beat Lightning 4-2

The Athletic: Capitals don’t miss a beat after dispatching Pittsburgh, emphatically disposing of Tampa in Game 1 / Five storylines to watch in Lightning-Capitals series / Crease to Crease: Guide to the conference finals goaltending matchups / By the numbers: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals series preview

Baltimore Sun: Orioles manager Buck Showalter is back on the Capitals' bandwagon

CBS Sports: NHL Playoffs 2018: Ranking the four remaining playoff teams based on second-round performance

ESPN: Capitals show no emotional letdown, take care of Lightning in Game 1 / Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom (hand) misses Game 1 win over Lightning / Capitals' Backstrom a game-time decision for Game 1 vs. Lightning / Conn Smythe Watch: Fleury, Ovechkin leading MVP race / Key lineup decisions for the conference finals (Capitals mentioned) / How the West (and East) will be won: Three key stats for the conference finals (Capitals mentioned)

Eurosport: NHL: Washington Capitals take the lead in the Conference final (Link in German)

Globe and Mail: Alexander Ovechkin closes in on the one NHL accolade he’s still missing

The Hockey News: 2018 Eastern Conference Final Preview: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

NBC Sports: Vasilevskiy struggles, Capitals thrive in Game 1 win / Capitals vs. Lightning: PHT’s 2018 Eastern Conference Final preview / Capitals vs. Lightning: Three questions facing each team / Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018: PHT predicts NHL’s Conference Finals / PHT 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff Roundtable: Tampa’s advantage, underrated Gallant (Capitals mentioned)

Omnisport: NHL Playoffs 2018: Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom out for Game 1 against Lightning / NHL playoffs 2018: Lightning pull Andrei Vasilevskiy after rough 2 periods in Game 1 loss

Reuters: Surging Capitals cruise past Lightning in Game 1

The Ringer: NHL Conference Finals Preview: Every Team Has Unsung Heroes (Jakub Vrana, Capitals mentioned)

Sporting News: NHL playoffs 2018: Capitals claim Game 1 from slow-starting Lightning / NHL playoffs 2018: Nikita Kucherov's waved-off goal starts twisted turn of events in Game 1

Sports Capitol: Capitals with a decisive 4-2 win against Lightning in Game 1

Sports Illustrated: Washington Capitalizes in Game 1 Against Tampa Bay / Conference Final Predictions: Who's the New Favorite to Win the Stanley Cup? / NHL's Old Southeast Division Is Finally Getting Its Moment Long After Its Death (Capitals mentioned)

SportsNet: Capitals ride ‘unusual’ momentum shift to Game 1 win over Lightning / Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom not in lineup for Game 1 vs. Lightning / Are Capitals ready for challenge of powerhouse Lightning? / Conn Smythe Rankings: Alex Ovechkin in his element

TSN: Statistically Speaking: Capitals surprise Lightning in Game One / Caps' Backstrom (hand) misses Game 1 / An analytical preview of the Conference Finals (Capitals mentioned)

USA Today: Confident Capitals going 'all in' during their quest for Stanley Cup / NHL playoffs 2018: Who advances to Stanley Cup Final?

Vancouver Sun: Nothing in the tank? Washington Capitals cruise to a statement win against Tampa Bay Lightning

WJLA-TV ABC 7: PHOTOS: Caps fans show support at airport before Game 1 vs. Lightning

WNST: Caps Dominate First 40 Minutes In A Game One Victory

WTOP: Here’s a shock: Lightning enforcing dress code against Capitals fans

WTVB: NHL: Caps hold off Lightning 4-2 in Game 1 of Eastern Finals

WUSA 9: The Why: What's the deal with DC's team names? (Capitals mentioned)

Yahoo! Canada Sports: MVPs from the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs (Alex Ovechkin mentioned)

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Capitals Postgame | May 11 / Barry Trotz Postgame | May 11 / Caps 365 | May 11 / All-Access | Be the Hungrier Team / Two-Man Advantage | May 11 / hRinkside Update | Stephenson / Barry Trotz Pregame | May 11 / Alex Ovechkin Pregame | May 11 / Capitals Locker Room | May 11

Monumental Sports Network: Caps Red Line: Caps vs. Lightning 5/11/18 (Game 1)

106.7 The Fan: Sports Junkies: 5/11 Hour 1- Caps/Bolts calls (36:10) / Sports Junkies: 5/11 Hour 3- Joe Beninati (14:18) / Sports Junkies: 5/11 Hour 4- Rob Carlin (29:35) / Sports Junkies: 5/10 Hour 1- Tampa's weaknesses (17:16) / Sports Junkies: 5/10 Hour 3- Matt Niskanen (20:00) / Sports Junkies: 5/10 Hour 4- Jeremy Roenick (12:48) / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-11-18 Hour 1- Alan May (4:00) / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-11-18 Hour 4- Chris Russell (18:25) / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-10-18 Hour 1 - Brian McNally (5:40) / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-10-18 Hour 3 - Was 2018 a Success for the Caps? (17:14, 27:20) /   Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-10-18 Hour 4 - Barry Svrluga (19:45) / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-10-18 Hour 4 - Grant Paulsen (33:30) / Grant and Danny: 5.11.18 Hour 1: Can the Capitals carry the momentum when they play the Lightning (15:16) / Grant and Danny: 5.11.18 Hour 1: Scott Smith from Fox Tampa (22:46) / Grant and Danny: 5.11.18 Hour 2: Caps Lineup (29:56) / Grant and Danny: 5.11.18 Hour 3: Neil Greenberg (1:43) / Grant and Danny: 5.11.18 Hour 3: Nick Sundberg (22:43) / Grant and Danny: 5-11-18 Hour 4: Series predictions (1:04, 13:31, 32:15) / Grant and Danny: 5.10.18 Hour 2: John Walton (21:32) / Grant and Danny: 5.10.18 Hour 3: Devante Smith-Pelly (29:03) / Grant and Danny: 5.10.18 Hour 3: Can the Caps call this season a success? (10:49) / Crashing the Net Podcast: Eastern Conference Finals Super-Show

CBC: Alex Ovechkin happy about how the Capitals started the game

CNN: New Day Report on the Capitals Winning Game 1 (6 a.m.)

CNN International: Ice Hockey Superstar Chasing 1st Career Title (8 a.m.) / Ice Hockey Superstar Chasing 1st Career Title (10 a.m.)

DCW50: On the Capitals Viewing Party at Gateway Park (10 p.m.)

ESPN: In the Crease: Sat, 5/12 Capitals strike first in East finals

ESPN New York 98.7: Game Misconduct Podcast: Final Four (Capitas mentioned)

HLN: Bleacher Report on the Capitals Winning Game 1 (8 a.m.) / Bleacher Report on the Capitals Winning Game 1 (7 a.m.)

NBC Sports: Ovechkin plays smart, sets tone in Game 1 win / Tampa Bay Lightning's defense needs to step up in order to beat Capitals / Evgeny Kuznetsov's timely scoring lifts Capitals

NBC Sports Washington: Capitals Extra Podcast: ECF Game 1: Caps Roll in Tampa 4-2 / Caps look to keep rolling in Game 2 / Player's Cut: Ovechkin nets a goal in Caps' 4-2 win

News Channel 8: DC Refined on the Capitals Viewing Party at Gateway Park (4 p.m.) / DC Refined on the Capitals Viewing Party at Gateway Park (3 p.m.) SAP Infographic: Caps Power Play / Puppy Predictions: Third Round (Capitals mentioned)

NHL Network: NHL Tonight: Capitals D in Game 1 / NHL Tonight: Tampa loses Game 1 / Clutch Performance of the Night / NHL Tonight: Holtby regains form / NHL Tonight: Capitals Take Game 1 / NHL Tonight: Wilson after Game 1 / NHL Tonight: Caps' Power Play / NHL Tonight: Edge in WSH-TBL / NHL Now: Game 1 of East Final

NPR: Saturday Sports: Washington Capitals, NBA Conference Finals

SportsNet: Niskanen, Capitals Carried Momentum Over From Penguins Series / Ovechkin’s Leadership The Difference For Capitals All Playoffs / Capitals Get Game 1 Win After Emotional Series Against Penguins / Capitals Vs. Lighting | Time To Learn From Past Mistakes

TSN: Man of Stihl: Alex Ovechkin / How did the Capitals shut down the Lightning? / Capitals excited to reach ECF, but 'only halfway to where they want to be'

WJLA-TV ABC 7: Fans Rock the Red at Gateway Park (11 p.m.) / Game 1 Viewing Party and Ticket On-Sale (6 p.m.) / Game 1 Viewing Party (4 p.m.) / Live Hit from Tampa (5 p.m.) / Live Hit from Tampa (6 p.m.) / Caps Fans Fly to Tampa for Game 1 (5 p.m.) / Caps Fans Head to Tampa (4 p.m.)

WRC-TV NBC 4: Caps Fans Rock the Red at Viewing Party (6 a.m.) / Live Hit from Tampa (4 p.m.) / Live Hit from Tampa (5 p.m.) / Live Hit from Tampa (6 p.m.) / Live Hit from Tampa (11 p.m.)

WTOP: AUDIO: Highlights of Capitals-Lightning Game 1 East Final

WTTG-TV FOX 5: Caps Viewing Party (6 p.m.) / Caps Viewing Party (5 p.m.)

WUSA-TV CBS 9: Capitals Viewing Party at Gateway Park (12 p.m.) / Live Hit from Tampa (11 p.m.) / Caps Fans Flying Southwest (5 p.m.) / Live Hit from Tampa (7 p.m.)

WTOP: Capitals Viewing Party at Gateway Park (5 a.m.)

Lightning Clips:

The Athletic: Cause for concern after Lightning look sluggish in Game 1 loss to Capitals Lightning come out flat against Capitals, lose Game 1

Raw Charge: Washington Capitals take early control of series with a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning / Game day thread: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Round 3 Game 1 / Tampa Bay Lightning playoff milestone watch

Tampa Bay Times: Lightning-Capitals: Why this was worse than the Game 1 loss to Boston / Lightning journal: Two seconds that flipped Game 1 to Washington / Lightning lacks energy and intensity in 4-2 loss to Capitals in Game 1 / Lightning-Capitals: Grading Tampa Bay’s 4-2 loss to Washington / Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Lightning-Capitals Game 1 / Live blog: Lightning opens Eastern Conference final against Capitals / Which Capitals team will the Lightning face in conference final? / Lightning-Capitals: Times staff predictions for the Eastern Conference final

USA Today: Lightning do everything wrong in terrible start vs. Capitals in Eastern Conference final