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Caps Today, 6/6/18

June 6, 2018
Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded four assists in Game 4 to match a single-game Stanley Cup Final record, achieved by 11 other players (most recent: Colorado’s Joe Sakic in Game 2 of the 1996 Final). Kuznetsov’s four assists also equaled a Capitals’ single-game playoff record, achieved by Scott Stevens in Game 6 of the 1988 Patrick Division Final against New Jersey and Andrei Nikolishin in Game 3 of the 1998 Eastern Conference Final against Buffalo. Kuznetsov, who leads the playoffs with 31 points (12g, 19a) in 23 games, became the fifth NHL player since 1997 to register 30 or more points in a single postseason. Kuznetsov (Chelyabinsk, Russia), who owns a five-point lead over teammate Alex Ovechkin (14g-12a), is seeking to become the third Russian-born player to lead the NHL in postseason scoring since 1943-44. The only two thus far: Detroit’s Sergei Fedorov (Pskov, Russia) in 1995 and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (Magnitogorsk, Russia) in 2009 and 2017, respectively. Earlier this postseason, Kuznetsov went on an 11 game point streak (6g, 10a), establishing a new franchise record for the longest point streak during the playoffs. Kuznetsov's point streak was the longest playoff point streak by any player since 2010 and just the fifth point streak of at least 11 games since 1997. Kuznetsov currently has 22 points (7g, 15a) in his last 14 games. Dating back to Feb. 24, Kuznetsov has 59 points (23g, 36a) in 41 games. Additionally, Kuznetsov is 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 62 career playoff games, Kuznetsov has recorded 50 points (23g, 27a), and his point total ranks 12th in franchise history.

Media Advisory

Media interested in covering the Capitals’ Game 5 viewing party at Capital One Arena required to notify Megan Eichenberg in the Capitals media relations department by 5 p.m. today to ensure building access and parking

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: POSTGAME NOTEBOOK - Caps 6, Knights 2

Washington Post: Capitals now know the toll of a Stanley Cup run: ‘It feels like it takes years out of your life.’ / Capitals’ Christian Djoos flying under the radar during steady postseason / Alex Ovechkin’s emotional ride through the NHL playoffs is the GIF that keeps on giving / The Golden Knights’ silver lining of being on the brink: ‘The pressure’s off’ / Boswell: The Caps have more stars than Vegas, and they’ve also been more lucky / Fancy Stats: Evgeny Kuznetsov should have slight edge over Alex Ovechkin for Conn Smythe / D.C. Sports Bog: ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt says there’s nothing ‘minor league’ about D.C.’s Caps hysteria / D.C. Sports Bog: Modell’s, Dicks are advertising Capitals championship gear and oh noooooooo / D.C. Sports Bog: An 82-year-old Capitals fan rocked the red from her hospital bed after suffering a heart attack / D.C. Sports Bog: Max Scherzer has a bounce in his step. It’s because of the Capitals. / D.C. Sports Bog: Capitals fans spend big money on Mystics tickets only to find out WNBA game is free / D.C. Sports Bog: F.P. Santangelo stands on bar, rallies Caps fans: ‘When you’re winning, anything goes.’ / D.C. Sports Bog: Stanley Cup Game 4 breaks Capitals’ TV viewership records / D.C. Sports Bog: Capitals fan climbed streetlight after Game 3, went to jail, then went back for Game 4 / Lynda Carter, D.C. Sports Bog: Wonder Woman, has so much Caps fever: ‘God, this town is on fire’ / Express: Trending: Capitals fans aren’t here for Bryce Harper’s support of Vegas. / Capitals fans show Game 3 live at wedding reception

Washington Times: With Chicago incident in rearview, Smith-Pelly excelling in playoffs / Nationals are all in on the Capitals / Stanley Cup Final sees ratings bump thanks to two unique 'underdogs' / Loverro: Capitals' difference-maker is 'another level of urgency in our game'

NBC Sports Washington: Capitals Game 5 Stanley Cup Final Watch Party Guide: Washington, D.C. bars, location, specials / With four assists in Game 4, Evgeny Kuznetsov has gone next level for the Caps Kuznetsov's comfort level helps put Capitals on cusp of Stanley Cup / Capitals have city behind them against Golden Knights in Cup Final / Smith-Pelly enjoying ride through Stanley Cup Final with Capitals / Niskanen has been 'rock' for Capitals in Stanley Cup Final / Stanley Cup Final Buzz: Washington, D.C., is ready to party / Mailbag: Ovechkin deserves Conn Smythe Trophy

AP: Capitals close to shot-blocking their way to Stanley Cup / Smith-Pelly, Kempny are perfect pieces of Caps’ Cup puzzle

The Athletic: After 2,500 games on the Capitals’ bench, Craig ‘Woody’ Leydig has seen it all / NHL playoffs probabilities (updated daily)

Bleacher Report: Golden Knights vs. Capitals: Game 4 Stats, NHL Final 2018 Game 5 Schedule, Odds

Canoe: Crab-tossing Capitals fan solicited advice from vet tosser

CBS Baltimore: Crab Thrown On Ice Again Following Caps Game 4 Win

CBS Sports: Stanley Cup Final 2018: The Capitals made Washington Mystics tickets a hot commodity

ESPN: Conn Smythe Triple Threat Match: Ovechkin vs. Kuznetsov vs. Holtby / D.C. Metro to make commemorative T.J. Oshie card if Capitals win Stanley Cup / Alex Ovechkin's unwavering commitment to chicken parm

The Free-Lance Star: Steve DeShazo: On the threshold of Cup, Capitals keep their cool

The Hockey News: From Playoff Backup To Conn Smythe Trophy Contender, Holtby Emerges As Capitals’ Savior / Which Factors Could Fuel A Vegas Comeback From 3-1 In The Final? / Fleury’s Save Percentage Is In Shambles, But Pin The Blame On Vegas’ Defense

Los Angeles Times: Unsure of his NHL future a year ago, Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly is on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup

NBC Sports: Capitals’ Stanley Cup Final run is Trotz’s masterpiece / So, what would T.J. Oshie’s Metro card look like? / Capitals’ Brett Connolly knows ups, downs of top prospect’s NHL journey / Should Golden Knights have pulled Marc-Andre Fleury in Game 4?

New York Times: A Hockey Nomad May Find a Permanent Home on the Stanley Cup

NHLPA: Playoff Performer Of The Night | Nicklas Backstrom / 200 Pucks A Day Pays Off For Beagle / My Top 5 | Evgeny Kuznetsov Caps on verge of ending long Stanley Cup drought; Vegas coach says pressure is off

Postmedia: Alex Ovechkin, a champion long before this final, doesn't need a Stanley Cup to fortify his legacy

Sporting News: Tom Wilson, Sergio Ramos show if you're not breaking rules, you're not doing it right / T.J. Oshie to be featured on D.C. Metro cards if Capitals win Stanley Cup

Sports Capitol: Evgeny Kuznetsov in the mix for Conn Smythe Trophy / Olympic hero T.J. Oshie on verge of fulfilling Stanley Cup dreams

Sports Illustrated: Learning to Deal With the Little Things Has Capitals' Braden Holtby on the Verge of a Stanley Cup

SportsNet: Devante Smith-Pelly’s ‘roller coaster’ hits happy peak / Why Capitals fans gather, celebrate on National Portrait Gallery steps Saint Joseph (Metuchen) Alumn One Win Away from Being a Stanley Cup Champion (John Carlson mentioned)

The Trentonian: Las Vegas looks like its finally out of luck in Stanley Cup Final

TSN: Smith-Pelly finding success the old-fashioned way / A particular piece of NHL draft advice is being shared online after Kuznetsov’s hot streak / D.C. Metro will honour T.J. Oshie with a custom card if the Capitals win the Stanley Cup / Max Scherzer threw an immaculate inning, a day after living his best life at Capitals’ Game 4 win / Fans accusing Colin Miller of embellishment may be surprised by latest injury update / The fans showed some love for TJ Oshie after his Game 4 ends with misconduct

USA Today: Pearl Harbor survivor revels in Capitals' Stanley Cup run / My Washington Capitals are on the cusp of winning the Stanley Cup; do we dare believe? / A reminder that a 3-1 series lead guarantees nothing, especially for the Washington Capitals

WJLA: Caps fan gets free crab cakes for tossing another crab on the ice during Stanley Cup Final / Capitals' playoff run creating excitement for hockey from kids to adults / Watching Caps' success helps woman battling cancer foresee victory for team and herself

WNST: 10 Thoughts On The Caps As They Try To Close Out Vegas

WTOP: At 90, one of the Caps’ most-loyal fans is having the time of her life / DC doubleheader: Tickets to Mystics game now free ahead of Caps’ Game 5 viewing party / Caps on verge: What life was like last time DC won major sports championship /

WUSA 9: How the Caps are helping a 10-year-old heal / Ovechkin inspires next generation of hockey players

Yahoo! Puck Daddy: Trending Topics: Where are the Golden Knights' hockey gods now?

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Caps Fans of All Ages / #AmandaStrong / SCF Pep Rally in Capitalsville

ESPN: ESPN on Ice Podcast: Stanley Cup Final & Isabelle Khurshudyan / Ovi's pregame meal: How Italian cuisine fuels the Russian Machine / Around the Horn: ALL CAPS / Behind the Bets Podcast: Delaware Sports Betting And The Stanley Cup Final (Capitals mentioned, 24:14)

ESPN New York 98.7: Game Misconduct Podcast: Capital Control

Good Morning America: T.J. Oshie and Matt Niskanen ride Metro

Japers’ Rink: JRR Episode 95: Travel Day With Alan May / JRR Episode 94: One Last Demon (Round 4, Game 4 Recap)

NBC Sports: Dan Patrick Show: Caps' depth a difference maker against Vegas / Dan Patrick Show: Ovechkin's legacy would be solidified by Cup win

NBC Sports Washington: Capitals Faceoff Podcast: One more to go

NHL Network: NHL Tonight: Conn Smythe Trophy / NHL Tonight: Top line comparison / NHL Tonight: Caps one win away / NHL Tonight: T.J. Oshie / NHL Now: Jackie on the Capitals / NHL Now: Can the Caps clinch? / NHL Now: Conn Smythe front runner / NHL Now: Capitals’ postseason

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix: Video: Washington Capitals' Chandler Stephenson a Saskatchewan-made NHL player

SportsNet: Shannon: Oshie Doesnt Get Enough Credit / Kuznetsov's Brilliance Aside, Ovechkin Still Playoff Mvp / How Vegas Can Contain Capitals' High-Octane Offence / Why Fleury, Golden Knights Have Come Back Down To Earth

TSN: Trotz wants Capitals to focus on closing out Stanley Cup in Game 5 / Trotz: Kuznetsov has been on the cusp of superstardom status all year / Post 2 Post: Golden Knights hanging Fleury out to dry

TSN Hamilton 1150: Blackburn: Golden Knights are still an unfathomable story (Capitals mentioned)

TSN Montreal 690: Skrudland: Good teams take responsibility, have identity / Nattress: Ovechkin deserves the Conn Smythe for leading the way / Habs Lunch: Washington's stars outperforming Vegas' stars / Gagnon: Game 4 was over after first goal

TSN Toronto 1050: McLennan: Fleury is overactive and chasing the puck / Poulin: Maple Leafs will have a lot of trickle down after Matthews' contract (Capitals mentioned, 13:47)

TSN Vancouver 1040: Gulitti: Capitals refusing to let pressure get to them in this playoff run / Tomlinson: Washington getting strong with every game; Vegas flatlining / Poulin: Golden Knights look like they're worn out (Capitals mentioned)

WNST: Tarik El Bashir of NBC Washington joins Nestor to talk Caps and Stanley Cup Fever / Nestor joins JT The Brick on Las Vegas radio to set stage for Caps Stanley Cup hoist / Thom Loverro of The Washington Times discusses the incredible journey for Caps to brink of Stanley Cup win / Dennis Koulatsos tells Nestor about Caps excitement in Baltimore / Dave Preston of WTOP Washington joins Nestor to discuss miracle Caps run / Bill Cole joins Nestor to discuss the amazement of hockey taking over Baltimore / Dan Rosen of joins Nestor as Caps on verge of winning Stanley Cup in Vegas

WUSA 9: Game 5 Watch Party has some details you need to know

Golden Knights Clips:

AP: ‘Flower’ wilts: Golden Knights must play better for Fleury Golden Knights coach says 'pressure is off us' in Stanley Cup Final / Golden Knights need more from top line against Capitals in Game 5 / UNLV coach has used Golden Knights' success to cope following shooting

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Golden Knights look to write fairy tale ending against Capitals / Capitals’ power play overwhelms Golden Knights / Despite losses, Golden Knights winning the ratings game / Still hope for Golden Knights? Other teams have overcome 3-1 deficits

National Post: Golden Knights in unfamiliar territory facing elimination / Golden Knights have broken down in front of Marc-Andre Fleury but he takes the hit

Las Vegas Sun: Unexpected journey with Golden Knights is 'money well spent' for this fan

Reuters: Vegas looking to welcome Lady Luck back for Game Five

TSN: By the Numbers: Fleury in the Finals