Player News - Capitals

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Jay Beagle scored his first goal of the postseason Wednesday night as the Washington Capitals blanked the visiting New York Rangers 1-0 in Game 3 of the teams' Eastern Conference Second Round playoff series.

Beagle beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist on a wrist shot at 7:31 of the second period. Andre Burakovsky and Troy Brouwer drew the assists. Burakovsky's assist was his first point of the playoffs. Beagle now has a goal and three assists in the postseason, a career high for the right winger. He was previously limited to a point over seven games in the Caps' 2013 postseason run and two points in 12 playoff games in 2012. With Wednesday's win, the Capitals took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-7 series against the Rangers and maintained the home-ice advantage they earned with a split of the first two games at Madison Square Garden. Game 4 will be played Wednesday night in Washington.
May 4 - 10:52 PM

Washington goalie Braden Holtby made 30 saves in the Capitals' 1-0 shutout over the visiting New York Rangers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series Monday night.

Holtby made Jay Beagle's second-period goal stand up with his first shutout of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the second of his NHL playoff career. Holtby has been outstanding this postseason, with a very impressive goals-against average of 1.54 and an equally impressive save percentage of .949. Against the Rangers, Holtby has allowed a mere four goals in this series, turning aside 63 of 67 shots for a .940 save percentage. Holtby has established himself this season as a reliable workhorse. He's now started 82 regular-season and postseason games in 2014-15.
May 4 - 10:42 PM

Tim Gleason will be able to dress for Game 3 Monday night against the Rangers.

Gleason took a maintenance day Sunday and missed some of the team’s practice but it was just precautionary measures as he is ok to play in Monday night’s game. Gleason has been paired up with Mike Green to form the Caps third defensive unit. He has zero points with a minus two rating and five shots on goal in nine playoff games this year. Newly called up defenseman, Nate Schmidt, will also be scratched for Game 3 Monday night as he was called up earlier in the day as insurance in case Gleason couldn’t go.
May 4 - 7:29 PM

Michael Latta will watch Monday night’s Game 3 versus the New York Rangers from the press box again.

Head coach Barry Trotz will keep the same lineup from Games 1 and 2 so Curtis Glencross will be out there while Latta will be a healthy scratch. Latta had played in four games versus the Islanders and was unable to register a shot, let alone a point.
May 4 - 5:20 PM

Eric Fehr (upper body) will not be available for Game 3 versus the Rangers Monday night.

Fehr will not be able to return to the Caps lineup Monday despite the fact that he was able to skate in the team’s optional morning skate Monday. Head coach Barry Trotz did mention that he could return to game action in the second round at some point. He hasn’t played in a game since April 19th but look for him to return in the near future and consider him day-to-day for now.
May 4 - 5:18 PM

Braden Holtby will be between the pipes for Game 3 versus the New York Rangers Monday night.

What else is new? Holtby will be making his 82nd appearance in goal Monday night between the post-season and regular season. He has been extremely sharp this post-season posting a 4-4 record with a 1.72 goals-against-average and .942 save percentage. His counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist, has been just as good though so wins will be tough to come by.
May 4 - 5:17 PM

Updating a previous item, Tim Gleason did take part in Washington's practice on Sunday.

A Capitals official said that Gleason would be taking a maintenance day, but he was out there when practice got underway. Gleason was on a pairing with Mike Green.
May 3 - 11:27 AM

Tim Gleason is not at Capitals practice on Sunday morning.

A Capitals spokesman said that Gleason is taking a maintenance day. It's unclear if the Caps defender will be able to participate in game three. In a corresponding move, Washington has recalled Nate Schmidt from the AHL.
May 3 - 11:15 AM

The Washington Capitals have recalled Nate Schmidt from the minors.

The call-up was necessary because Tim Gleason is taking a maintenance day. Schmidt, 23, had one goal and four points in 39 NHL games this season.
May 3 - 11:12 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his fourth goal of the playoffs in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers Saturday.

Kuznetsov is showing during the Stanley Cup playoffs why he has been so highly regarded despite struggling through most of his year-plus in the NHL. The 22-year-old had only 11 goals in 80 games this season but has the four in only nine tough playoff games thus far.
May 3 - 9:33 AM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz knows the Capitals have to be better if they want to win their second-round series with the Rangers.

Washington lost 3-2 in Game 2, so the series is now tied up. "We didn’t play our best game for 60 minutes. You can’t get away with that. You can’t get around that. You’ve got to go through those things so full credit to them," said Trotz. "We weren’t good enough to win this hockey game. The Rangers deserved to win the hockey game. To me, it was our start, it was our degree of desperation level… it was higher on their side than it was on ours. They capitalized on that."
May 2 - 9:57 PM

Braden Holtby played well again, but this time around the Washington Capitals lost in Game 2, as the New York Rangers tied the series up 1-1 with a 3-2 decision.

Holtby stopped 32 out of 35 shots, including some high-difficulty stops, but he couldn't get the W. After dealing with an illness and a challenging start to the postseason, Holtby has been fantastic when Washington has needed him the most.
May 2 - 3:36 PM

Alex Ovechkin gave the New York Rangers all they could handle in Game 2, yet the Washington Capitals ultimately fell 3-2, leaving the series tied at 1-1.

Ovechkin scored a sensational goal to give Washington a chance to tie the game. Overall, he had four SOG and nine hits during a very busy 19:49 TOI. He has been involved in three of the Capitals' four goals so far in this series.
May 2 - 3:33 PM

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik delivered a somewhat questionable hit on New York Rangers winger James Sheppard in Game 2.

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News took issue with the check, for one. There was no penalty on the play, but keep an eye out in case the Department of Player Safety takes a look at it (which is unlikely).
May 2 - 2:23 PM

Braden Holtby is expected to be in goal for the Capitals Saturday.

The netminder was outstanding in Game 1, holding the Rangers to just one goal on 32 shots. He was outstanding in the first round as well and is 4-3 in the post-season with an jaw-dropping save percentage of .947 to go with an equally as good 1.54 GAA.
May 2 - 9:47 AM

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