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Dmitry Orlov played a team low 5:44 in Game 1 after coach Barry Trotz benched him in the second period.

Orlov found himself on the bench after he let Nick Bonino get around him as the Pens forward set up Ben Lovejoy for the tying goal. "I didn’t like his one-on-one play in a couple situations," Trotz said. of Orlov. "One on (Phil) Kessel on the wall and obviously, one in the middle (on Lovejoy’s goal). He’s got to do a better job. Orly knows that as well. We’ll move forward from that." Orlov saw only one shift after the miscue in the second stanza and don't surprised if Orlov is in the press box for Game 2.
Apr 30 - 9:01 AM

Nicklas Backstrom was dominated by Sidney Crosby at the faceoff dot Thursday.

Backstrom won only seven of 27 faceoffs while Sid the Kid won 19 of 28 on the night. Fortunately for the Capitals, Backstrom was strong in every other phase of the game as he was a plus-two on the night while Crosby was a minus-three. Don't be surprised if Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan tries to get Crosby away from the Capitals top unit.
Apr 30 - 8:57 AM

Tom Wilson was fined $2,403.67 for kneeing Conor Sheary during Thursday's contest.

Wilson engaged in a late, knee-on-knee hit that sent Sheary to the ice, but fortunately the Penguins forward was able to stay in the game. The amount the NHL fined Wilson is the maximum allowable per the CBA.
Apr 29 - 2:34 PM

Andre Burakovsky scored a goal in Washington's 4-3 overtime victory over Pittsburgh Thursday night.

Burakovsky had been scoreless in the Capitals' previous six playoff contests. He has three goals and four points in 18 career postseason games.
Apr 29 - 11:16 AM

Jason Chimera registered an assist in Washington's 4-3 overtime win against the Penguins in Game 1 on Thursday.

It was Chimera's first assist and second point of the 2016 playoffs. During the regular season he had 20 goals and 40 points in 82 games.
Apr 29 - 11:15 AM

Alex Ovechkin registered an assist in the Capitals' 4-3 overtime win against Pittsburgh Thursday night.

Ovechkin now has three goals and six points in seven playoff games. Over the course of his career he's scored 39 goals and 76 points in 79 postseason contests.
Apr 29 - 11:13 AM

T.J. Oshie ended an odd slump with his hat trick on Thursday.

Prior to this contest, Oshie had an 0-5 record in playoff games where he scored, but at last that unusual losing streak is over. Although of course it took Oshie getting a hat trick, including the overtime winner, to finally win a playoff game where he also found the back of the net.
Apr 29 - 11:10 AM

Braden Holtby helped the Washington Capitals take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-final on Thursday night with 42 saves on 45 shots.

The Capitals edged the Penguins 4-3 in overtime in what was an entertaining affair between the two rivals. Holtby hasn't missed a beat in the post-season, continuing to be his dominant self that earned him a Vezina nomination this year. He is 5-2 in the playoffs.
Apr 29 - 12:08 AM

T.J. Oshie came through in a gigantic way for the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, scoring the overtime winner in Game 1 against Pittsburgh, his third goal of the game.

In 36 career playoff games, Oshie's team had never won when he's scored in the post-season. Oshie halted the streak in tremendous fashion in his seventh post-season game for the Capitals, lighting the lamp at three crucial moments during a tense Game 1. The Penguins and Capitals tangle again for Game 2 on Saturday night.
Apr 28 - 11:44 PM

Taylor Chorney will be a healthy scratch in Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Chorney was part of Washington's top-six defensemen at the morning skate, but Brooks Orpik (upper body) is ready to make a return to the lineup. Mike Weber, Stanislav Galiev and Michael Latta will also watch the game from the press box.
Apr 28 - 7:53 PM

Brooks Orpik (upper body) is expected to be in the lineup for Game 1 against the Penguins.

Orpik was injured in Game 3 of Washington's first round series against the Flyers after he was hit by Ryan White. It appears as though he's good to go ahead of tonight's game against Pittsburgh. Orpik is currently on the ice for warmups and he's skating on a pairing with John Carlson.
Apr 28 - 7:42 PM

Braden Holtby will be between the pipes for Game 1 against Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

No surprise here. Holtby was fantastic during the regular season and in the first round against Philadelphia. The 26-year-old allowed just five goals in six games during the opening round of the playoffs. He'll enter the second round with a 0.84 goals-against-average and a .968 save percentage.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 28 - 6:19 PM

Taylor Chorney might draw into Game 1 on Thursday.

It will depend on Brooks Orpik's ability to return from an upper-body injury in time for the series opener. If Orpik is available for Thursday's contest against Pittsburgh, then Chorney will be a healthy scratch.
Apr 28 - 3:47 PM

Brooks Orpik (upper body) will be a game-time decision on Thursday.

That being said, it sounds like the odds are in favor of Orpik playing. It would be his first contest since April 18.
Apr 28 - 11:34 AM

Karl Alzner (upper body) took part in Thursday's practice.

Though Capitals coach Barry Trotz previously stated that he expected Alzner to play in Game 1 Thursday night, it was worrisome that the defensemen missed Tuesday and Wednesday's skates. Nevertheless Alzner has declared himself good to go, so it seems things will play out as Trotz anticipated.
Apr 28 - 11:33 AM


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