Player News - Capitals

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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

Braden Holtby is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.

Holtby tied the NHL's season-single wins record with 48 and he also posted a 2.20 GAA and .922 save percentage in 66 starts. There's a good chance he'll end up with the award after a season like that. "He's been as consistent as any goaltender in the Nationals Hockey League this year," coach Barry Trotz said. "He's gotten a lot of attention for that not only from the records side. But you don't put a record together like that if you have areas where you haven't been that good for long periods of time, so he's been pretty solid all year." Holtby will be competing with Jonathan Quick and Ben Bishop.
Apr 28 - 11:26 AM

Brooks Orpik (upper body) hopes to play in Game 1 on Thursday.

Orpik hasn't gotten medical clearance to return to the lineup, but he'll meet with a doctor prior to the game. In the meantime, he took part in Wednesday's practice.
Apr 27 - 12:40 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) missed his second straight practice on Wednesday.

Despite that, Capitals coach Barry Trotz still expects Alzner to participate in Game 1 on Thursday. Alzner had two assists in six games during the first round.
Apr 27 - 12:37 PM

Alex Ovechkin believes his team is ready to take a "big step" forward.

The Capitals will have the tough task of knocking off the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round, but the Russian sniper believes his team can get it done. "It's going to be very interesting and a very important challenge for us because I think we're ready to take a big step and we have to beat Pittsburgh," Ovechkin said. "We're going to try our best. This team is ready and I think everybody can't wait until Game 1 starts." The first game of the series will be played on Thursday night.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 26 - 9:13 PM

Karl Alzner didn't participate in Tuesday's skate.

He received a maintenance day because coach Barry Trotz thought he could use a rest from playing hard minutes and blocking some shots. He is confident that Alzner will be fine for the start of Round 2.
Apr 26 - 12:32 PM

Brooks Orpik (upper body) skated on Tuesday at practice.

Coach Barry Trotz wouldn't say if Orpik will be available during Washington's second-round series against Pittsburgh. He still hasn't received the green light from doctors, but Game 1 could be a possibility.
Apr 26 - 12:28 PM

Alex Ovechkin registered an assist in the Capitals' series-winning 1-0 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.

Ovechkin finished the first round series with three goals and five points in six contests. He now has 39 goals and 75 points in 78 career postseason games.
Apr 25 - 7:19 AM


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