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Caps Today, 5/18/18

May 18, 2018
Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded his 10th goal of the postseason and extended his point streak to seven games (5g, 7a) in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. That gives Kuznetsov 21 points (10g, 11a) and ties the Capitals’ all-time postseason mark set by Alex Ovechkin (21) in 2009. Additionally, Kuznetsov became the eighth Russian-born player to record double digits in goals for a single playoff year and the fifth to do so at 25 or younger. In 55 career playoff games, Kuznetsov has recorded 40 points (21g, 19a). Kuznetsov is now one point shy of Joe Juneau’s franchise mark in playoff points for 13 th place in franchise history.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Lightning Squares Series with 4-2 Game 4 Win / SKATE SHAVINGS: News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate

Washington Post: Nicklas Backstrom returns, and the Capitals are again a team in full / Lightning, Andrei Vasilevskiy withstand Capitals’ barrage to tie Eastern Conference finals / Tampa Bay’s penalty kill picks ‘lesser of evils’ in Game 4 win over Caps / Svrluga: For whatever reason, the Capitals are not at home in their own building / D.C. Sports Bog: I’ll have what Alex Ovechkin is having: Fans can’t get enough of Mamma Lucia’s chicken Parmesan

Washington Times: Lightning edge out Capitals in Game 4 to even series / A game-time decision once again, Backstrom can swing series in return

NBC Sports Washington: Why can't the Caps win at home? / 4 reasons the Caps lost Game 4 to the Lightning / 3 stars of the game: Bolts even series as Vasilevskiy stifles Caps

NHL.com: Lightning win Game 4 against Capitals, even Eastern Final / Lightning top Capitals in Game 4 with goal just after power play ends / Capitals miss opportunity against Lightning in Game 4 / Backstrom plays for Capitals in Game 4 loss to Lightning / 'Quest for the Stanley Cup' reaches conference finals in third episode

AP: Vasilevskiy, Lightning top Caps 4-2 to even East final 2-all / Caps’ Backstrom returns, expects to be back to normal soon / Caps’ Backstrom appears closer to return from injury / Qatar helps keep US capital city subway open for NHL fans

The Athletic: ‘Of course, it’s a missed opportunity’: Capitals let another one get away at home / Former Lightning first-round pick Brett Connolly finds a ‘home’ with Capitals / NHL playoffs probabilities (updated daily)

Bleacher Report: Lightning Even Series with 4-2 Win vs. Alex Ovechkin, Capitals in Game 4

CBS Sports: Mamma Lucia! Alex Ovechkin's pregame meal has turned Caps fans into chicken parm fanatics

ESPN: Capitals lament chance to take series control as Lightning win Game 4 / Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom returns from hand injury for Game 4 / How new NHL dads juggle newborns, playoff pressure (John Carlson mentioned) / Home ice has been more of a disadvantage in this year's NHL playoffs

FiveThirtyEight: Beside The Points For Thursday, May 17, 2018 (Capitals mentioned) / Significant Digits For Thursday, May 17, 2018 (Capitals mentioned)

FOX 5 D.C.: Bowser announces Qatar teams up to pay fee to keep Metro open late for Washington Capitals game

The Free Lance Star: Steve DeShazo: Man up or man down, Caps at a disadvantage

MarketWatch: D.C. turns to Qatar to pay for late-night subway operation after playoff hockey game

NBC Sports: Capitals confident in ability to continue road advantage vs. Lightning / Lightning survive barrage to even series with Capitals / Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom set for return / Lightning power play, Capitals penalty kill will make or break series / Baseball team to wear Washington Capitals-inspired jerseys (Photos)

NESN: Lightning Vs. Capitals Live Stream: Watch Stanley Cup Playoff Game 4 Online

Omnisport: NHL playoffs 2018: Nicklas Backstrom returns to Capitals lineup for Game 4

Reuters: Road rules: Lightning even series with Capitals

Sporting News: NHL playoffs 2018: Familiar feeling creeps in for Capitals after Game 4 loss to Lightning / NHL playoffs 2018: Capitals fighting own playoff history after series lead vanishes

Sports Capitol: Nicklas Backstrom’s return highlights Capitals Game 4 loss / Home-ice disadvantage, Lightning down Capitals; ECF tied 2-2

Sports Illustrated: After Frustrating Game 4 Loss, Capitals Have Tall Task Ahead to Rebound

SportsNet: Lightning lock up series after Capitals’ ‘missed opportunity’

TSN: Statistically Speaking: Vasilevskiy steals one for the Lightning

UPI: Stanley Cup playoffs: Lightning take Game 4 vs. Capitals

USA Today: Failure to seize momentum vs. Lightning brings doubt back to Capitals and their fans / Let's take a minute to appreciate Alex Ovechkin's passing ability

WTOP: Metro extends service for Caps’ Game 4 after Qatar agrees to foot bill

Yahoo! Canada Sports: Capitals' depth forwards to thank for bounce-back wins

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Caps Postgame Locker Room / Caps 365 | May 17 / Barry Trotz Postgame | May 17 / #ALLCAPS All-Access | Ready To Go / Two-Man Advantage | May 17 / Rinkside Update | Brooks Orpik / Barry Trotz Pregame | May 17 / Capitals Pregame | May 17

Monumental Sports Network: Caps Red Line: Caps vs. Lightning 5/17/18 (Game 4)

106.7 The Fan: Sports Junkies: 5/18 Hour 2- Who's to blame for the loss? (18:59) / Sports Junkies: 5/18 Hour 2- Rob Carlin (27:51) / Sports Junkies: 5/17 Hour 3- Joe Beninati (1:00) / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-17-18 Hour 1 - Alan May (4:20) / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-17-18 Hour 4 - The Broom of Doom 1 (18:06) / Grant and Danny: 5.17.18 Hour 1: Must-win for Caps? (11:55) / Grant and Danny: 5.17.18 Hour 2: E.J. Hradek (0:05) / Grant and Danny: 5.17.18 Hour 4: Backy Back? (12:30, 20:26)

ESPN: Ovechkin says Caps must move forward / Wilson recognizes 'missed opportunity' for Capitals

ESPN New York 98.7: Game Misconduct Podcast: M(ar)c-Fleury (Capitals mentioned)

HLN: Bleacher Report – Alex Ovechkin Eats Chicken Parm Before Every Game (7 a.m.)

Japers’ Rink: JRR Episode 84: ECF Game 4 Recap

NBC Sports: Caps waste Ovechkin's performance in Game 4 / Backstrom returns, but Eller gets exposed

NBC Sports Washington:   Capitals Extra Podcast: ECF Game 4: Bolts even series with Caps 2-2 / Caps head back to Tampa in an attempt to regain series lead / Player's Cut: Alex Ovechkin earns 20th point of playoffs / A record-breaking postseason for John Carlson

NHL.com: NHL LiveWire: TBL vs. WSH, Gm3

NHL Deutsch: In conversation with Philipp Grubauer (Link in German)

NHL Network: Breakaways: Holtby denies Johnson / NHL Tonight: Lightning power play / NHL Tonight: Lightning win Game 4 / NHL Tonight: Game 4 Preview / NHL Tonight: Chandler Stephenson / NHL Tonight: Rod Langway / NHL Now: Jaffe with Walton / NHL Now: Billy Jaffe / NHL Now: Nicklas Backstrom status

SportsNet: Capitals’ Trotz Still Confident Despite Game 4 Loss / Familiarity With Capitals The Secret Strength Of Lightning

TSN: After blowing 2-0 series lead, are we witnessing another Capitals collapse? / Backstrom game-time decision for Game 4; Stamkos suffers practice scare

TSN Edmonton 1260: McKenzie: A hot goaltender can be the great equalizer

TSN Toronto: Walton: Capitals' coaching staff has been huge in playoff run

WJLA-TV ABC 7: Caps’ Post Season Boosting Local Businesses (4 p.m.) / Cashing In on Caps Success (5 p.m.) / Live Hit from Capital One Arena (5 p.m.) / Live Hit from Capital One Arena (6 p.m.) / Live Hit from Capital One Arena (11 p.m.)

WNST: Caps insider Ed Frankovic joins Nestor to discuss nervousness after Thursday Game 4 to Bolts

WRC-TV NBC 4: Live Hit From Capital One Arena (4 p.m.) / Live Hit from Capital One Arena (4 p.m.) / Live Hit from Capital One Arena (5 p.m.) / Live Hit from Capital One Arena (6 p.m.) / Live Hit from Capital One Arena (11 p.m.)

WTOP: AUDIO: Highlights of Capitals-Lightning East Final Game 4

WTTG-TV FOX 5: Live Hit from Capital One Arena (5 p.m.) / Live Hit from Capital One Arena (6 p.m.) / Live Hit from Capital One Arena (11 p.m.)

WUSA-TV CBS 9: Live Hit from Capital One Arena (5 p.m.) / Live Hit from Capital One Arena (5 p.m.) / Live Hit from Capital One Arena (6 p.m.) / Live Hit from Capital One Arena (11 p.m.)

Lightning Clips:

The Athletic: Why making Brayden Point the middleman has been a difference-maker for Lightning power play / What makes Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy special? Ben Bishop and other goalies explain

The National: Tampa Bay's Brayden Point springs forward in the playoffs by staying in regular-season mode

NHL.com: Lightning rely on Vasilevskiy in Game 4 win against Capitals / Kunitz shooting for Cup, exclusive company with Lightning in playoffs

Raw Charge: Quick Reaction: Tampa Bay Lightning take care of business in Washington / Vasilevskiy shines as Tampa Bay Lightning steal Game 4 with a 4-2 victory over Washington Capitals / Goal Breakdown: Brayden Point’s Goal

TampaBayLightning.com: Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 4, Capitals 2 - Game 4 / Burns: 3 Things we learned from leveling the serires 2-2 / Home ice disadvantage? Road teams finding historic success in playoffs / Power Play Podcast: Reliving the Bolts 2003 playoff victory over the Caps

Tampa Bay Times: Lightning-Capitals: Tom Jones’ takeaways from Tampa Bay’s 4-2 victory in Game 4 / Hold off on the obit: Lightning evens series with the Capitals / Lightning sticks to what works on penalty kill / Lightning journal: Props to GM Steve Yzerman well-deserved / Live blog: Lightning aims to even series tonight in Washington / Less pressure on road teams? Seems that way in these NHL playoffs / Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: How important were Lightning’s line changes?
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