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Caps Today, 5/26/18

May 26, 2018
After recording consecutive shutouts in Games 6 and 7 in the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby became the second netminder in franchise history to record consecutive shutouts in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, joining Olie Kolzig, who did so in Games 4 and 5 of the 1998 Conference Semifinals against the Senators. Holtby’s shutout marked his sixth playoff shutout of his career, tied with Kolzig for the most in franchise history.

In addition, Holtby became the 27th goaltender in NHL history to record a shutout in a Game 7 and just the fifth to do so to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Final. Of those five goaltenders, Harry Lumley and Dominik Hasek also recorded shutouts in Game 6 of their respective series. Holtby is the 13 th goaltender in NHL history to post two consecutive shutouts in elimination games.

Holtby improved to 3-4 in seven career Game 7 appearances with a 1.81 goals against average, a .934 save percentage and a shutout. New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (6-2) is the only active NHL goaltender with more career Game 7 appearances.

Holtby also improved his record to 8-5 in elimination games with a 1.73 goals against average, a .937 save percentage and a shutout.

In the playoffs this postseason, Holtby is 12-6 with a 2.04 goals against average and a .924 save percentage with two shutouts.

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Washington Post: Evgeny Kuznetsov’s transition to borderline NHL superstar / Capitals’ Coach Barry Trotz is a pending unrestricted free agent. His value is soaring. / Brewer: It was never a curse. It was just sports, and Capitals have D.C. on the right side. / Fancy Stats: The Golden Knights’ run to the Stanley Cup finals is no fluke / D.C. Sports Bog: Remembering the Caps’ run to the 1998 Stanley Cup finals: ‘Nobody wanted to play against us’ / D.C. Sports Bog: You knew it as Lovettsville, Va. Until Stanley Cup is won, it’s ‘Capitalsville.’ / D.C. Sports Bog: This is your heart on Capitals playoff hockey

Washington Times: With contract expiring, Trotz 'probably going to benefit' from playoff run

NBC Sports Washington: Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters / Stanley Cup Final 2018: X-factors that could swing the series / Trotz's future in Washington remains unsettled on eve Stanley Cup Final / Small Virginia town changes name to Capitalsville ahead of Stanley Cup Final / Stanley Cup Final 2018: The ultimate Capitals-Golden Knights preview

NHL.com: Capitals GM ready for experience of Stanley Cup Final / Capitals have edge in Cup Final with power play, Holtby's hot hand / Trotz enjoying life with Capitals in Stanley Cup Final / Kolzig, Bondra bullish on Capitals' Stanley Cup hopes / Friday Four: Golden Knights have earned Cup Final trip (Capitals mentioned) / Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Fleury ready to face Ovechkin again / 'Quest for the Stanley Cup' down to Final matchup in fourth episode / Capitals alum savors run to Stanley Cup Final against Golden Knights

AP: No contract, no problem: Trotz guides Caps into Cup final / Town changes name to ‘Capitalsville’ for Stanley Cup Final

247 Sports: Washington Redskins players celebrate Capitals' Game 7 victory

AcheiUSA: Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights dispute the Stanley Cup (Link in Portuguese)

ARL Now: Caps to Host Stanley Cup Sendoff in Ballston

The Athletic: Boudreau delighted by Ovechkin and Backstrom’s success, but Cup final rooting interest isn’t so easy / By the numbers: Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals series preview

Canadian Press: McPhee on Knights-Capitals final: 'A script that no one saw being written'

CBS Sports: 2018 Stanley Cup Final odds: Capitals vs. Golden Knights simulations, Vegas favorite / 2018 NHL Playoffs: The non-hockey fan’s guide to this year’s Stanley Cup Final

ESPN: Will Vegas cap run or is it the Caps' year? Key stats for the Stanley Cup Final / Key matchups for the Stanley Cup Final / Best bets for the Stanley Cup Final / Weekly Reader: Ranking the best Stanley Cup losers of the past 20 years (Capitals mentioned)

The Hockey News: Five Depth Players Who Could Make Their Mark In The Stanley Cup Final (Jakub Vrana, Lars Eller, Andre Burakovsky mentioned)

Inside Nova: Sports Notebook: The Caps

KTVN: las vegas rallies behind vegas golden knights with #nocaps

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Las Vegas mayor drops the gloves (and caps) in Stanley Cup wager

MASN: Nationals’ bond with Stanley Cup-bound Capitals is genuine

NBC 4 Washington: Caps to Host Game Watch Parties at Capital One Arena

NBC Sports: Master, then pupil: How Capitals were built / Stanley Cup Final Preview: Who has better defense? / Stanley Cup Final Preview: Who has the better forwards? / PHT Morning Skate: Caps are officially underdogs; What went wrong with ‘Hawks, Rangers?

NJ.com: NHL Stanley Cup Final 2018 Preview: Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals picks, predictions, odds

Omnisport: Virginia town changes name to 'Capitalsville' after Washington makes it to Stanley Cup Final

Saskatoon StarPhoenix: 'Big hockey' time: Saskatoon's Chandler Stephenson in the thick of things

Sporting News: Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom has a very swollen finger

Sports Capitol: Still without a contract, Capitals coach Barry Trotz endures

Sports Illustrated:

SportsNet: Golden Knights favoured in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final / Stanley Cup Final Preview: Three key matchups to watch / Sundin on Ovechkin playing for Stanley Cup: We all want to see him win / Conn Smythe Rankings: Could Fleury pull a Giguere? / NHL’s Top 10 UFAs of 2018: The best centres available (Jay Beagle mentioned) / 2018 NHL trade candidates: 24 players who could get dealt this summer (Andre Burakovsky mentioned) / 31 Thoughts: Tavares ‘definitely listening’ to Islanders’ pitch (Capitals mentioned)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Gordo: Playoff hockey is all about the goaltending

Trib Live: Capitals' playoff run showing trade deadline can be overrated

TSN: A Las Vegas restaurant took a ruthless jab at Ovechkin ahead of the Stanley Cup Final / Hockey fans found clues that could reveal a serious Backstrom injury / A look at the Capitals players VGK GM George McPhee was responsible for

USA Today: Stanley Cup 2018: Marc-Andre Fleury, Alex Ovechkin among five Conn Smythe favorites

Washingtonian: Here’s How to Celebrate the Caps as They Head into the Stanley Cup Final

WJLA: Washington Capitals announce free viewing parties for Stanley Cup Final

WUSA 9: 'Save the Caps' campaign remembered 36 years later / Caps invite fans to Stanley Cup Final sendoff

Yahoo! Puck Daddy: Trending Topics: In praise of Braden Holtby

 

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Brian MacLellan | May 25 / Barry Trotz | May 25 / All-Access | Let's Go To Vegas

106.7 The Fan: Crashing The Net - Full Show - THEY DID IT!!! / Sports Junkies: 5/25 Hour 2- Should Caps be favored? (14:00) / Sports Junkies: 5/25 Hour 3- Brett Connolly (30:00) / Sports Junkies: 5/25 Hour 4- Isabelle Khurshudyan (16:33) / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-25-18 Hour 1 - Brian McNally (8:00) / Chad Dukes vs. the World: 5-25-18 Hour 2 – John Carlson (16:20) / Grant and Danny: 5.25.18 Hour 1: What would a title mean for DC? (10:10, 28:10) / Grant and Danny: 5.25.18 Hour 2: Rob Carlin (0:05) / Grant and Danny: 5.25.18 Hour 3: Alan May In-Studio + GMBM (Alan May: 10:07 … Brian MacLellan: 28:10) / Grant and Danny: 5.25.18 Hour 4: Alan May Part 2 (0:05)

Bloomberg: Business of Sports: Stanley Cup Final Set

ESPN: Quest for the Cup: Trophy Touch (Ep. 4 of 7)

ESPN New York 98.7:  Game Misconduct Podcast: Most anticipated Cup Final...ever?

The Hockey News: The Hockey News Podcast: 2018 Stanley Cup Final Preview

NBC Sports: What winning Cup would mean to Capitals

NBC Sports Washington: Look back at Caps fans' wild celebration following Game 7

NHL.com: NHL LiveWire: WSH vs. TBL, Gm7

NHL Network: NHL Tonight: Top 10 moments, 10-6 / NHL Tonight: Top 10 moments, 5-1 / NHL Tonight: Barry Trotz's future / NHL Tonight: What does Washington need to do to win the Cup? / NHL Now: X-Factors / NHL Now: Who Has the Edge / NHL Now: Bob Zoldos / NHL Now: Phil Pritchard / NHL Now: Trotz Future in WSH

Sports Capitol: Red Line: How did Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals get here???

SportsNet: Tape to Tape NHL Podcast: Everyone’s rooting for Ovechkin in Cup Final / Trotz Hurt By Ovechkin Critics, Says He And Sid Saved Hockey / How Do Knights Vs. Capitals Defence Corps Measure Up? / How Capitals Used Anger From Wilson’s Suspension As Rally Cry

TSN: StatsCentre: What will decide the Stanley Cup? / Conn Smythe favourites on Golden Knights and Capitals / What is the biggest challenge the Capitals will face? / Both Capitals and Golden Knights shaped by McPhee / Trotz doesn't believe Ovechkin needs a ring to cement his legacy / Knights vs. Capitals: The battle for the puck

TSN Hamilton 1150: Chiodo: Wison has been Caps difference maker

TSN Montreal 690: McGuire: Speed an important element in Stanley Cup Final / Habs Lunch: The Scrum - Stanley Cup edge / McGuire: Ovechkin finally graduated / Ferraro: General Managers would love a clean slate

TSN Ottawa 1200: McGuire: Vegas has a huge advantage in one area over the Capitals

TSN Toronto 1050: LeBrun: Ovechkin has changed & found way to always be effective / Reda: Dubas needs to find a Mark Hunter-like executive (Capitals mentioned) / Button: Ovechkin is the greatest goal scorer of his generation / Dreger: Final chapter of Golden Knights' story still being written

TSN Vancouver 1040: LeBrun: Extra rest could hurt Vegas / Gallagher: Knights have to keep puck away from Ovechkin

Washington Post: Like the Great 8, this ruffin’ machine never breaks!

WJLA-TV ABC 7: On the Capitals Stanley Cup Final Sendoff and Viewing Parties (6 p.m.) / On the Capitals Viewing Parties for Games 1 and 2 (11 p.m.) / On the Capitals Viewing Parties for Games 1 and 2 (5 p.m.)

WRC-TV NBC 4: On the Capitals Stanley Cup Final Sendoff (6 a.m.) / On the Capitals Stanley Cup Final Sendoff (6 a.m.) / On the Capitals Viewing Parties for Games 1 and 2 (11 p.m.)

WTTG-TV FOX 5: Capitals Weather Report (7 a.m.)

WUSA-TV CBS 9: On the Capitals Stanley Cup Final Sendoff (5 p.m.) / On the Capitals Stanley Cup Final Sendoff (6 p.m.) / On the Capitals Stanley Cup Final Sendoff (7 p.m.) / On the Capitals Stanley Cup Final Sendoff and Viewing Parties for Games 1 and 2 (11 p.m.) / On the Capitals Stanley Cup Final Sendoff and Viewing Parties for Games 1 and 2 (7 a.m.) / On the Capitals Viewing Parties for Games 1 and 2 (6 p.m.)

Golden Knights Clips:

AP: Golden Knights success raising stakes for next NHL expansion

The Athletic: From expansion draft to Cup final, Scotty Bowman recalls taking the Blues down the same road Vegas is on now / What rebuilding NHL teams can (or can’t) learn from the Golden Knights’ incredible run / Duhatschek Notebook: On changes to NHL injury reports, Evander Kane’s deal, Colin Miller’s path and more / Meet Jay White, the Neil Diamond impersonator who at one time was also Las Vegas’ go-to goaltender

NBC Sports: House Money: How Golden Knights were built

NHL.com: Fleury, pursuing Cup with Golden Knights, impressed as teenager

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Pittsburgh fans still have love for Knights’ Marc-Andre Fleury / Golden Knights limit capacity for practices in Las Vegas / Golden Knights’ Gerard Gallant never strays from coaching style / Capitals finally fulfill expectations, await Golden Knights / Golden Knights’ open practice is a breath of fresh air / Average price for Stanley Cup Final tickets over $1K on StubHub

Las Vegas Sun: Engelland, the Golden Knights' go-to guy, exemplifies 'Vegas Strong' / Golden Knights limiting attendance to practice / Preparations underway for Golden Knights celebration / Stanley Cup tickets too expensive? Take out a loan

SB Nation: The Vegas Golden Knights are the best expansion team ever in North American sports. By a lot. / Marc-Andre Fleury is the perfect contradiction for the Golden Knights
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