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Caps Today, 5/14/18

May 14, 2018
The Capitals took a 2-0 series lead with a 6-2 win on Sunday night over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final. That marks the third time in franchise history the Capitals have won the opening two games of the series on the road. In the conference era (since 1974-75), teams that hold a 2-0 series lead in the Conference Finals/Semifinals own an all-time series record of 39-2.

In addition, the Capitals earned their League-leading seventh road win of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs to match a club record set during the 1998 postseason, when the team went 7-3 on the road in reaching the Stanley Cup Final.

At 19 points apiece, Alex Ovechkin (10g, 9a) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (8g, 11a) are two points shy of matching the Capitals franchise record for points in a single postseason, established by Ovechkin himself in 2009 (11g, 10a in 14 games). The only other Capitals player with more than 10 goals in one playoff year is John Druce, when he scored 14 goals in 15 games in 1990.

With two assists last night, John Carlson established and matched franchise records for points and assists, respectively, by a defenseman in a single postseason. Carlson, who ranks second among NHL blueliners with 14 points (3g, 11a), also moved into third place on the franchise’s career playoff points (16g, 33a) list among defensemen, behind Calle Johansson (12g, 42a, 54p) and Scott Stevens (9g, 44a, 53p).

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Are All Business in 6-2 Win Over Bolts / SKATE SHAVINGS: News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate

Washington Post: Analysis: Capitals-Lightning Game 2: Washington crushes Tampa, takes 2-0 series lead back to D.C. / The Lightning anticipated a better showing in Game 2. It got one from the Capitals. / Svrluga: These Stanley Cup playoffs have given the Capitals all they can handle. And they’ve handled it just fine. / Steinberg: What even is going on with the Washington Capitals? / D.C. Sports Bog: Caps fan’s viral selfie with Evgeny Kuznetsov was even more charming than it seemed / D.C. Sports Bog: The Caps and Nats are rolling, and Barry Trotz and Dave Martinez can’t stop texting each other / D.C. Sports Bog: Metro will stay open later for Caps-Lightning Game 3 / Fancy Stats: Caps are finally lucky and good in the playoffs

Washington Times: Capitals stay calm, respond after questionable penalties in Game 2 / Capitals stun Lightning 6-2, take 2-0 series lead / Metro extends closing times for Capitals game Tuesday night / Ted Leonsis, Wizards and Capitals owner, praises sports betting ruling

NBC Sports Washington: John Carlson makes team history in blowout win / 3 reasons the Caps beat the Lightning in Game 2 / 3 stars of the game: Caps' stars outshine the Lightning / Phantom high-sticking penalty gives Tampa early lead in Game 2 / The Capitals got two "Wooo's" from Ric Flair so it has to be #OurYear / Caps are embracing the morning skate hot lap / Nicklas Backstrom will be a game-time decision for Game 2 Capitals score six in win against Lightning in Game 2 / Capitals proving they belong after Game 2 win against Lightning / Eller steps up for Capitals in Eastern Final with Backstrom out

AP: Capitals pull away, beat Lightning 6-2 for 2-0 series lead

Aftonbladet: Washington smashed Tampa again (Link in Swedish)

The Athletic: Lars Eller — yes, that Lars Eller — making a name for himself as Capitals throttle Lightning for 2-0 series lead / NHL playoffs probabilities (updated daily)

Bleacher Report: Alex Ovechkin, Capitals Crush Steven Stamkos, Lightning to Take 2-0 Lead in ECF

ESPN: Live Blog: Backstrom 5/14 / The secret to the Capitals' playoff success: Alex Ovechkin's superstitions? / Lightning's Jon Cooper: 'We just played tentative ... slow' / Roundtable: Trades we'd make between the conference finalists / Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom missed third straight game / Conference final crease ratings: Ranking the starting goalies (Braden Holtby mentioned) / Live Blog: 2-0 series lead / Live Blog: Lars Eller / Live Blog: Devante Smith-Pelly goal / Live Blog: T.J. Oshie high stick / Live Blog: Tom Wilson goal / Live Blog: Ovechkin hot lap

Fairfax News: Utilities power an extra hour of Metro service after Caps playoff

FOX 5 D.C.: Metro to stay open additional hour Tuesday for Washington Capitals playoff game

The Hockey News: Stat Attack: 10 NHL Playoff Numbers To Remember (Capitals mentioned)

MyMCMedia: Metro To Extend Late Night Service For Capitals Game

National Post: Capitals halfway to Stanley Cup final heading home / Tampa Bay 'can't keep playing with fire,' says Lightning head coach /

NBC 4 Washington: Metro to Stay Open an Extra Hour for Capitals, Lightning Game / Photo Gallery: Scenes From the Capitals' Playoff Run

NBC Sports: PHT’s Three Stars: Eller leads the way for Capitals / PHT Morning Skate: Jets making statement; Kuznetsov’s rise to stardom / Lars Eller emerging as unexpected playoff star for Capitals / Capitals power play beats the buzzer again (Video) / Lightning power play takes advantage of first-period breaks / Capitals’ Backstrom to miss third consecutive game

NHLPA: Playoff Performer of The Night | John Carlson

Reuters: Capitals cruise, head home up 2-0 on Lightning

Sporting News: NHL Mixed Bag: Are the Capitals (finally) closers? Stay tuned to find out / NHL playoffs 2018: Capitals continue road success, dominate Lightning in Game 2

Sports Capitol: Capitals top Lightning 6-2 to take control of Eastern Conference Final / Capitals-Lightning Eastern Conference Final Game 2 Preview

Sports Illustrated: Washington Fires Back to Take Game 2 Against Tampa Bay

SportsNet: Big Read: Meet Evgeny Kuznetsov, D.C. star and creative genius / Capitals in driver’s seat after 2 road wins vs. Lightning / Trotz looking for Capitals to be ‘greedy’ with chance to snag 2-0 lead / Orpik compares Ovechkin and Crosby, breaks down Pens-Caps rivalry / Down Goes Brown Weekend Wrap: Jets, Capitals on collision course?

TSN: Statistically Speaking: Eller leads Capitals to Game Two win / Caps' Backstrom (hand) misses Game 2

USA Today: Capitals giving Washington fans reason to believe as they take 2-0 lead vs. Lightning home / Bad NHL officiating strikes again as Lightning score after phantom high-sticking call

WJLA-TV ABC 7: Metro to extend late-night service for Washington Caps Game 3 at Capital One Arena

WNST: Caps Overcome Adversity In 6-2 Rout Of Tampa

WTOP: Metro to run an extra hour for Caps’ Game 3

WUSA-TV CBS 9: Extended Metro service announced for Capitals game 3

Yahoo! Puck Daddy: What We Learned: Everything going wrong for Tampa

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals:  / Caps 365 | May 13 / Postgame Podium | May 13 / Caps Postgame Locker Room | 5/14 / Barry Trotz Postgame | May 13 / Kuznetsov on Game 2 win

Monumental Sports Network: Caps Red Line: Caps vs. Lightening 5/13/18 (Game 2)

106.7 The Fan: Sports Junkies: 5/14 Hour 1- Caps up 2-0 on Lightning / Sports Junkies: 5/14 Hour 2- Audio of Caps goals (2:00) / Sports Junkies: 5/14 Hour 3- Brian McNally (0:30) / Sports Junkies: 5/14 Hour 4- JP not nervous about Tampa (2:10) / Sports Junkies: 5/14 Hour 4- Neil Greenberg (29:30)

CNN: Early Start – Capitals Take 2-0 Lead in Eastern Conference Finals (5 a.m.)

ESPN: Get Up! – Capitals Score 5 Unanswered Goals, Up 2-0 in Best of 7 Series for 9th Time in Franchise History (8 a.m.) / In the Crease: Mon, 5/14 - Capitals take commanding lead over Tampa Bay

Fox Business Network: Capitals Blow Out Lightning (5 a.m.)

HLN: Bleacher Report – Capitals Cruise in Game 2 (6 a.m.)

Japers’ Rink: JRR Episode 83: ECF Game 2 Recap

MSNBC: First Look – Capitals Take 2-0 Series Lead Over Lightning (5 a.m.)

NBC Sports: Ovechkin's time for winning is now, says Jones / Caps shouldn't rush Backstrom back into lineup / Lightning need better puck management (Capitals mentioned)

NBC Sports Washington: Capitals Extra Podcast: ECF Game 2: Caps Cruise to a 6-2 Win / Player's Cut: Kuznetsov tallies up in Game 2 in Tampa

NHL Network: NHL Tonight: T.J. Oshie Postgame / NHL Tonight: Caps take Game 2 / Clutch Performance of the Night (Evgeny Kuznetsov mentioned)

Sports Capitol: Red Line: Setting up Game 2

SportsNet: Ovechkin Having Fun With Deep Playoff Run / One Minute Makes All The Difference In Capitals’ Win Over Lightning / Bad Blood Building Between Lightning & Capitals / Capitals Making Plays, Lightning Are Not Says Jon Cooper / Stamkos Knows Lightning Hung Vasilevskiy Out To Dry

TSN: Man of Stihl: Evgeny Kuznetsov / Secondary players have been a 'massively important part' to Capitals / Ovechkin leading the Capitals in all facets of the game

TSN Montreal 690: Denis: The surprising Lars Eller / Quiz: Can the Lightning make this a series?

WJLA-TV ABC 7: Live from Tampa (6 p.m.)

WRC-TV NBC 4: Live from Tampa (11 p.m.)

WTOP: AUDIO: Highlights of Capitals-Lightning Game 2 East Final

WUSA-TV CBS 9: Live from Tampa (6 p.m.)

Lightning Clips:

The Athletic: It’s ‘gut-check time’ for frustrated Lightning facing an 0-2 hole

The Hockey News: Lightning’s Fate In Eastern Conference Final Hinges On Vasilevskiy Rediscovering His Form Stamkos, Lightning facing 'gut check time' in Game 3 against Capitals / Lightning confident Vasilevskiy will bounce back against Capitals

Raw Charge: Washington Capitals outplay Tampa Bay Lightning once again en route to 6-2 win; lead series 2-0 / Game Two: Quick Reaction to Tampa Bay Lightning going down 0-2 to the Washington Capitals Burns: 3 Things we learned from a loss in Game 2 / Mishkin's Extra Shift: Capitals 6, Lightning 2 - Game 2 / Battle-tested Bolts look to bounce back in Game 2

Tampa Bay Times: Lightning-Capitals: What we learned from Games 1 and 2 / Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Bad day for Lightning, Rays fans / Final-second goals? Soul-crushing, momentum-changing back-breakers / Lightning journal: Puck to Victor Hedman’s face correctly called penalty / Lightning-Capitals: Washington seizes 2-0 series lead with a Game 2 rout / Lightning-Capitals: Roger Mooney’s takeaways Tampa Bay’s 6-2 loss in Game 2 / Lightning-Capitals: Grading Tampa Bay’s 6-2 loss in Game 2 / Lightning-Capitals: It’s not over, but it sure feels like it / Live blog: Lightning hopes to bounce back in Game 2 of conference final / Time … time is not always on NHL teams’ side / Lightning hopes to work its Game 2 bounce-back magic