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Braden Holtby led the Capitals into the second round of the playoffs by stopping 37 of 38 shots in a tight Game 6 win over the Maple Leafs on Sunday night.

Holtby’s only blemish came following an odd bounce off the backboards onto Auston Matthews' stick three feet away from the net, which the prized rookie roofed into the net. Otherwise, Holtby regained his mojo in the final two games of the series by stopping 61 of the last 63 shots he faced. The 27-year-old is 4-2 in the postseason with a 2.36 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.
Apr 23 - 11:37 PM

Marcus Johansson scored a late tying goal and an overtime winner in Game 6 to lead the Capitals to a wild 2-1 overtime win over the Maple Leafs on Sunday evening.

Johansson's first two goals of the playoffs wrapped up a surprisingly tough first round series for the Presidents Trophy winners. After the Maple Leafs took two of the first three games, the Capitals won the final three to set up a second round date with the Penguins. Johansson, who totaled five points in the six-game series, flipped a rebound home from the top of the goal mouth to seal the deal.
Apr 23 - 10:22 PM

Taylor Chorney and Paul Carey are projected to be scratched for Game 6 against Toronto on Sunday.

The oft-scratched Chorney hasn't played yet in the postseason, after dressing for 18 games in the regular season. Carey saw just six games of action himself, but has been relegated to little more than a Black Ace for Washington.
Apr 23 - 6:10 PM

Braden Holtby will be in net on Sunday for Game 6 against Toronto.

One more win and it's on to the next round for Holtby and the Capitals. He's allowed 15 goals and sports a .915 save percentage this series, but will merely have to hold serve to finish the upstart Leafs.
Apr 23 - 6:07 PM

Alex Ovechkin isn't feeling any lingering effects from Nazem Kadri's low hit.

Ovechkin briefly left Game 5 with what looked like a knee or leg injury, but he was able to complete the contest. He has three goals and no assists in the first round series.
Apr 23 - 12:15 PM

Karl Alzner will not play in Game 6 Sunday.

Alzner was a participant in the morning skate but the decision has been made to sit him out with an upper body injury. It is the fourth straight game he has missed and the Capitals will go with six defensemen and 12 forwards against the Maple Leafs.
Apr 23 - 11:44 AM

When Karl Alzner (upper body) is ready to return to the lineup, the Capitals could go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards.

The Capitals love the speed of Nate Schmidt on the blueline and do not want to take him out of the lineup so Brett Connolly is a likely scratch if Alzner returns for the Toronto series. Connolly played only a combined 10:38 in the Capitals last two games so it is not like they will miss him.
Apr 23 - 11:39 AM

Alex Ovechkin will suit up in Game 6 against Toronto on Sunday, according to head coach Barry Trotz.

Ovechkin briefly exited Game 5 after taking a hip-check from Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, but he managed to return to the game. The Russian sniper was reevaluated by team doctors after the game, but he seems to have avoided serious injury.
Apr 22 - 12:46 PM

It seems that despite how bad it looked, the hit on Alex Ovechkin by Nazem Kadri Friday night will not be an issue for Ovie going forward.

Kadri administered a hip check to Ovechkin that had him tumbling head over heels. Initially, Ovie was laid out on the ice in pain seemingly favoring his knee. After a brief break in the dressing room, Ovechkin was able to return with no lingering effects. "It doesn’t hurt," Ovie said, after the game. "Nothing." Well that's good news for Washigton fans.
Apr 22 - 9:21 AM

Justin Williams has seven career game-winning goals in the postseason.

What is even more amazing is that he has scored a game-winning goal in every game of a playoff series except for a Game 3. Williams certainly has carved out a legacy for himself. We wouldn't be surprised if he scores the winning goal of this series as well.
Apr 22 - 9:12 AM

Games 1 and 4 hero Tom Wilson was benched for a part of Game 5 Friday night.

Wilson took a number of questionable penalties which led to Capitals' coach Barry Trotz benching him for all but one minute of the third period. "I thought Tom had lots of energy, but you cannot take four penalties in a playoff game," Trotz said. "So he didn’t see the ice after that last one." We expect Wilson will take his regular shifts Sunday in Game 6.
Apr 22 - 9:05 AM

Braden Holtby stopped 24 of 25 shots in Friday's 2-1 OT win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Justin Williams scored the game-winner just over a minute into overtime. It's the first time in four games that Holtby has given up less than four goals in a game. The Capitals now have a 3-2 lead in the series. Game 6 will be played in Toronto on Sunday. Holtby has a 2.65 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage this postseason.
Apr 21 - 10:33 PM

Justin Williams scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 2-1 OT win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It took Williams just 1:04 to find the back of the net in the extra frame. The Caps forward has now picked up a point in seven straight games dating back to the regular season. Williams has three goals and two assists in five postseason games. T.J. Oshie also scored for the Caps in Game 5. The Capitals lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 with Game 6 going in Toronto on Sunday.
Apr 21 - 10:20 PM

Nate Schmidt will tag in for the injured Karl Alzner against Toronto in Game 5 on Friday.

The 25-year-old has posted two helpers with two shots and a minor penalty in a pair of games thus far, he's also averaged just under 18 minutes per game. Schmidt is slated to pair with John Carlson on the team's top defensive unit.
Source: Katie Brown
Apr 21 - 6:17 PM

Taylor Chorney, Paul Carey and Chandler Stephenson are projected to be scratched for Game 5 against Toronto on Friday.

Unfortunately, none of these three game seen any action in the postseason thus far. Chorney led the bunch during the regular season with five points in 18 games.
Source: Katie Brown
Apr 21 - 6:15 PM


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