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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

Alex Ovechkin said that the Washington Capitals are a maturing club.

"We’re just growing up," Ovechkin said Friday. "If it was our first year we made the playoffs and we won one game we would be happy and jumping up and down right now. We know it’s not about one game. You have to keep your emotion, keep your control. You won. That’s it. Five minutes you’re in a good mood and enjoy yourself and then the next day it’s a totally different game." The Caps are up one game with Game 2 Saturday afternoon at 12:30 ET.
May 2 - 7:36 AM

By making 19 saves on 21 shots, Philipp Grubauer became the fifth ever goalie to earn a win in both the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Calder Cup playoffs in the same season.

Grubauer made 18 saves in a 4-3 win during an emergency start to spell the then-sick Braden Holtby in Game Two of Washington's series with the NY Islanders. And tonight, he came in relief of Pheonix Copley to begin the second period and help steer Hershey towards a 10-4 victory and entry to the second round.
May 1 - 9:57 PM

Eric Fehr (upper body) will not be available for Game 2 on Saturday.

As you might expect given the time of year, there's no timetable for Fehr's return either. He hasn't played since April 19 due to the injury. Fehr had 19 goals and 14 assists in 75 contests in the regular season.
May 1 - 3:52 PM

Joel Ward scored the game-winning goal in Washington's 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers.

Ward found the back of the net with mere seconds left in regulation time. He's having a solid postseason with two goals and five points in eight contests.
May 1 - 11:37 AM

Braden Holtby held the mighty New York Rangers offense to just one goal on 32 shots in Thursday night's Game 1 victory.

The Caps swiped a 2-1 win on enemy territory on Thursday night, riding an early goal from Alex Ovechkin and a last-second winner from Joel Ward. Holtby has been sensational for Washington in these playoffs, with a 4-3 record, .947 save percentage and 1.54 goals against average. The 25-year-old has allowed just one goal in four of his past five games, and more than two goals just once in the playoffs.
Apr 30 - 10:47 PM

Alex Ovechkin scored a first period goal, then sent a beautiful pass to Joel Ward all alone in front of the net with one-second remaining in the game that broke the tie and give the Capitals a 2-1 victory on Thursday night.

It was a wild finish on Broadway but the Caps stayed right with the reigning Eastern Conference Champs and Presidents Trophy winners in their own building all game long. Ovechkin's goal and assist give him seven points in eight playoff games this season. The Rangers outshot the Capitals 32-29, but New York also had seven more giveaways.
Apr 30 - 10:38 PM


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