Player News - Capitals

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Evgeny Kuznetsov will head into the Stanley Cup Final riding a 10-game point streak.

The Capitals forward has picked up at least one point in every contest since Game 4 of Washington's second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 26-year-old amassed 10 points in seven games against the Bolts in the Eastern Conference Final. He's up to 11 goals and a league-high 24 points in 19 games this postseason.
May 24 - 10:12 PM

Braden Holtby turned aside all 29 shots he faced in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Capitals will now move on to play the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. Holtby gave up four, three and three goals in Games 3, 4 and 5 of this series, but he managed to keep the Lightning off the board in Games 6 and 7, which is pretty remarkable. The 28-year-old can now put his up-and-down season behind him, as he'll be heading to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his career. Holtby will head into the next round with a 12-6 record, a 2.04 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage in the postseason. Game 1 of the final will be played in Vegas on Monday night.
May 23 - 11:18 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

After Alex Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky (twice) found the back of the net, it was Backstrom that finished off the game with an empty-netter in the final minutes of regulation. With the Caps facing elimination in Games 6 and 7, the Swedish center managed to put up three points. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating, one shot on goal and one hit in 17:27 of ice time. The 30-year-old is up to four goals and 16 points in 15 games during the postseason. The Capitals will now face the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 1 will be played in Las Vegas on Monday night.
May 23 - 11:07 PM

Andre Burakovsky scored a pair of goals in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring just 1:02 into the first period, but it was Burakovsky's two second-period goals that put the game to bed, as he gave his team 2-0 and 3-0 leads in the middle frame. He finished the night with a plus-2 rating and two shots on goal in 11:19 of ice time. This was an impressive performance from a player that was a healthy scratch in Game 5 of the series. The two goals were his first points of the 2018 playoffs. The Capitals will now head to Vegas to take on the Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night. It's the first time the Caps will be in the final since 1998.
May 23 - 10:59 PM

Alex Ovechkin found the back of the net in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Ovechkin opened the scoring with one of his signature one-timers just 1:02 into the game and the Caps never looked back. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating, four shots on goal and five hits in 17:38 of ice time. The 32-year-old accumulated seven points in seven games during the Eastern Conference Final and he'll now be heading to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his career. Ovechkin now has 12 goals and 22 points in 19 games this postseason. Andre Burakovsky (twice) and Nicklas Backstrom (empty-netter) also scored for the Capitals, who will take on Vegas for all the marbles. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will be played in Las Vegas on Monday night.
May 23 - 10:55 PM

Nathan Walker will be a healthy scratch in Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.

Walker picked up an assist in the only playoff game he suited up in this spring. He hasn't played in a single game in this series. Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek, Shane Gerisch and Pheonix Copley will also watch the game from the press box.
May 23 - 7:48 PM

Braden Holtby will of course be the Capitals' starter for Game 7 Wednesday night.

While Holtby has had some rough patches in the Eastern Conference Final, he came up big in Game 6 with a 24-save shutout. He has a 2.16 GAA and .919 save percentage in 17 playoff games this year.
May 23 - 12:22 PM

Alexander Ovechkin admitted that Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final is the biggest game of his career.

"I'm excited. We're all excited. ... We all want to be in this position and move forward," said Ovechkin. "(Wednesday night) is probably biggest game in my life, this team, organization probably. ... We still haven't reached our goal. Tomorrow is going to be a huge step forward." The 32-year-old has never been this close to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final. He'll head into this game with 11 goals and 21 points in 18 games this postseason.
May 22 - 10:04 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov stretched his point streak to nine straight games on Monday night.

Kuznetsov earned an assist on T.J. Oshie's power-play goal late in the second period of Game 6 against Tampa Bay. The marker held up as the game winner and it forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final. Kuznetsov has compiled six goals and eight assists during his scoring spree.
May 22 - 11:01 AM

Braden Holtby turned aside all 24 shots he faced in Monday's 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Believe it or not, this was the first shutout of 2017-18 for the Capitals netminder, who came through in the biggest game of the season. The victory puts an end to Holtby's three-game losing skid. He now owns an 11-6 record with a 2.16 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage in the postseason. This best-of-seven series is now tied up at three. Game 7 will be played in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. The winner of that game will take on the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 21 - 11:18 PM

Nicklas Backstrom registered a pair of assists in Monday's 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Backstrom picked up the primary assists on both of T.J. Oshie's goals. Oshie's first tally (power play) gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at the 15:12 of the mark of the second period, while his empty-netter late in regulation put the score out of reach. Backstrom finished the night with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and four hits in 18:22 of ice time. He's up to three goals and 12 assists in 14 games this postseason. This best-of-seven series is all tied up at three. Game 7 will be played in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. The winner of that game will face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 21 - 11:11 PM

Devante Smith-Pelly scored a goal in Monday's 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Not only did Smith-Pelly scored a big goal for his team, he also made an impact on the game with his physical style of play. The 25-year-old gave his team a 2-0 lead at the 10:02 mark of the third frame. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating, one shot on goal and five hits in 12:01 of ice time. Smith-Pelly has four goals and one assist in 18 games this postseason. T.J. Oshie scored a pair of goals for the Capitals in the victory. This best-of-seven series is now tied up at three. Game 7 will be played on Wednesday night. The winner of that game will face Vegas in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 21 - 11:05 PM

T.J. Oshie scored a pair of goals in Monday's 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He came into this game with no goals in his previous six games. Oshie opened the scoring on the power play when he ripped a one-timer from the slot past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Capitals forward then added an empty-netter with less than one minute to go in regulation. The 31-year-old finished the night with a plus-1 rating, five shots on goal and two hits in 20:44 of ice time. Oshie is now up to seven goals and 15 points in 18 games this postseason. Devante Smith-Pelly also found the back of the net for the Capitals on Monday night. This best-of-seven series is now tied up at three. Game 7 will be played in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.
May 21 - 11:01 PM

Alex Chiasson will be a healthy scratch in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

Andre Burakovsky will take his place in the lineup. Chiasson has now been scratched in two of the team's last three games. The 27-year-old has one goal and one assist in 16 postseason contests. Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek, Shane Gersich, Travis Boyd, Nathan Walker and Pheonix Copley will also watch the game from the press box.
May 21 - 7:51 PM

Braden Holtby, who is expected to start Game 6 against Tampa Bay, will look to halt his three-game losing skid.

Holtby posted a 2.00 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in the first two games of the series when the Capitals won. However, he has struggled in the last three contests with a 3.49 GAA and .844 save percentage. If Holtby and the Capitals can't pull off a victory Monday night then their season is over.
May 21 - 3:08 PM


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