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  1. Barring a goal tonight from Capitals backup goalie Curtis McElhinney, the Caps will be eliminated once again in the first round of the playoffs. The Caps received a huge otgwg from John Klingberg as well as an assist from second year dman Matt Grzelcyk. Pending UFA Zdeno Chara added a +3 rating which won't be enough to advance. Kane, Nylander, Turris, Marleau, Heinen, Gauthier, and Ryan Ellis were all held in check enabling the Devils to advance. New Jersey received huge contributions from Alex Ovechkin as well as Smith and LaBanc to once again advance to the second round of the playoffs. Goaltending will once again be a main reason the Caps failed to advance as Matt Murray made no contribution in the first round. The series just didn't go our way again this year. We got a tough matchup in the first round and we played well but not well enough. Congrats to the Devils on a hard fought series and I look forward to making the necessary changes to give my team a better opportunity next season.
  2. A tough game 6 leaves Washington with a slight 10 point lead going into the last 3 days of the series. Game 6 was led by the Devils contingent of Ovechkin, Carlson and Holtby who padded the stat sheet for New Jersey. Ovechkin finished the game with 1ppg, 2a, +2 while Carlson scored 2ppa, +2, 2pims. Holtby earned a shutout to temporarily erase the Caps 31 point advantage and take the lead in the series. The Capitals did respond. Andrew Copp provided his 5th assist of the series on his way out capping off an outstanding playoff round for the depth forward. Kyle Turris in his 9th season with Washingtom potted his first goal of the series. Nylander, Marleau, Ellis and Chara all added assists Torey Krug added a goal for the Devils. The Devils hold a 14 - 10 advantage in players with games remaining in the series.
  3. Relatively quiet couple days as Washington still holds a 31 point lead in the series. Adam Lowry provided the Caps only goal for his first of the playoffs. Andrew Copp scored an assist on the play. Copp currently leads Capitals forwards in assists this series with 4. Evander Kane was once again productive as well. He scored 1 assist, +2, and 2pims to tag 9 more fantasy points to his playoff total. The Devils received goals from Ovechkin and Smith while scoring assists from Smith, Miller and Krug. Today's games will be crucial in deciding the series as each team has plenty of fire power on the ice. The Devils are expected to ice 10 players today compared to Washington's 7. All eyes are on Braden Holtby who's production from here on out could be the deciding factor in the series. Don't blink now cause this matchup could truly go either way.
  4. I think it's great and I appreciate it.
  5. A big game 4 helps Washington jump to a 35 point lead on the defending champion Devils as the score currently stands at 261-226. With their backs against the wall John Klingberg, played his best playoff game of his career posting 3 assists, and a +2 rating. Klingberg's partner big Zdeno Chara stepped up with a crucial big he as well scoring his first goal of the playoffs and earning a +3. Denton Heinen continues to provide depth up front. The 23 year old added an assist and a +2 rating in 14:15 minutes of ice time. Heinen now has 3 points in the series and is proving himself as an integral piece of this Caps squad during his first season with the team. Ryan Ellis and Matt Grzelcyk each provided assists from the backend as well. Grzelcyk has performed admirably this playoffs with 3 assists already after a largely quiet second half of the season. Evander Kane continues to provide the toughness that makes Washington so hard to play against with another 16 pims in game 4. The Devils had a relatively quiet game 4 because Ovechkin, Oshie, Carlson, Burakovsky, and Holtby didn't have games over the two day set. This group will be back in action tonight and are likely to put up big number. Reilly Smith continues to play well adding two more assists to his total while Mats Zuccarello added his third goal of the series. One notable name that has been shutdown so far this series is Devils star Viktor Arvidsson. The Swedish goal scorer that has been shifted to the centre position for this playoff series has been highly unproductive not playing his natural position. Holtby still holds a 20-0 lead in goaltending points over Murray who gives the Devils a major edge at the position after getting eliminated. The Capitals lost Murray, Dzingel, Killorn, Joseph, Toews and Hickey from their roster while the Devils lost Schultz, Rust, and Blueger; a definite major edge to New Jersey. The Devils hold a 16-14 edge on players remaining in the series that have been earning playoff time. The Capitals still consider themselves underdogs in the series; especially after losing such a major chunk of our squad early. With that being said the Caps still have the pieces to keep this series close. Now is this time for William Nylander to step up and prove that he can be a true superstar for the Caps.
  6. After a strong game 3 the Caps have cut the Devils lead from 46 to 20 in a 205-185 high scoring battle. Patrik Laine led the way in game 3 with his 3rd goal of the series as well as a powerplay assist. Andrew Copp had an excellent game playing on the Caps 3rd line with 2 assists and a +1. Klingberg, Heinen, Grzelcyk, and Turris all added assists as well while Evander Kane contributed a fight with 11 pims total. Kevin LaBanc and Mats Zuccarello scored game 3 goals while Justin Schultz scored his 2nd assist of the series. Devils captain, Russian superstar Alexander Ovechkin showed off his physical capabilities with an impressive fight to once again balance out the Kane pims. Both goalies, Murray and Holtby suffered losses in game 3. The Devils currently hold a 20-0 difference in goaltending points which is the exact number currently separating the team. It is absolutely crucial for the Capitals to get a win out of Murray today. The Caps saw 19 players receive ice time once again in game 3 while the Devils rostered 18 players who saw ice time. Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh are going to have to prolong their series' tonight or the Caps could lose 5 roster players including Murray while the Devils would only lose 2.
  7. Tough game two as the steamrolling Devils ascend to a 46 point lead going into game 3. That's not to say the Caps have not continued to fight. Patrik Laine whipped in a powerplay one-timer for his second goal of the playoffs. The young Finnish phenom seems like he picked the right time to pull himself out of his slump which resulted in one goal over the last 19 games of the season. 25 year old rookie Devon Toews scored another assist on the Caps powerplay and is currently playing a pivotal role in the series. Danton Heinen scored his first career playoff goal as well playing an energy role on the Caps 3rd line. Andrew Copp is playing some solid hockey as well for the Caps. The teams former 2nd round pick notched an assist, 2 pims, and +1. Kane, Nylander, and Matt Grzelcyk contributed game two assists as well. The Devils got some major contributions from a handful of players. Alexander Ovechkin continues to lead the way with a goal and an assist while TJ Oshie and Calle Jarnkrok each had two points including assists in overtime. Collin Miller was a major contributor for the Devils. Following a game one healthy scratch he responded with a SHG and 4 pims making him the most productive defenseman in game two of the series. Watson, Smith, and Krug provided assists in a dominant game two performance. Both the Devils and Capitals had 19 players see ice time in game two. Braden Holtby notched another W while Matt Murray was handed another L . The Devils currently hold a 20 - 0 lead in goalie points this series. Keep your eyes peeled for Ryan Dzingel in game 3. The undrafted free agent signing tied Kane in the regular season as the Capitals highest scoring forward with 26 goals and 56 points. Through two playoff games Dzingel has been totally shutdown during what has been a fast paced series with a lot of offense.
  8. What a start to the playoffs! Newcomer Alex Killorn acquired in the Silfverberg trade opens up the series the a shorthanded breakaway goal! Packs the stat sheet in just over 11 minutes of ice time! Veteran powerforward Evander Kane in his 9th season with the Caps gets a goal, forechecks for the assist and takes on Ryan Reaves for the misconduct to open up the playoffs. Patrik Laine and William Nylander who have both been highly criticized around the league this season score one goal each in their openers as well. Marleau, Klingberg, Ellis, and Quinnipiac standout Devon Toews all add assists in a high scoring game one. The Devils got goals from Ovechkin, Zuccarello, and Schultz while also adding 5 assists from their top 3 dmen (Calson, Krug, Schultz). Tomas Nosek earned 10 pims countering the Kane misconduct. The Washington Capitals saw 19 of their roster players earn ice time in game one while 17 Devils saw game action. Braden Holtby earns the W in game one while Matt Murray scores the L. The goalie matchup is currently the difference maker after game 1 as the Devils hold a 78 - 69 lead. What we need is a continued team effort and equal goalie points to beat the high powered Devils!
  9. Spares: Conacher Ladd Engvall Robinson Gersich DeSmith
  10. Washington Capitals Round 1 Playoff Roster: E. Kane - W. Nylander - P. Laine R. Dzingel - K. Turris - P. Marleau A. Killorn - A. Lowry - D. Heinen M. Joseph - A. Copp - J. Roslovic F. Gauthier N. Walker Z. Chara - J. Klingberg D. Toews - R. Ellis M. Grzelcyk - T. Hickey S. Niku M. Murray C. McElhinney
  11. Mark Scheifele gets my vote for #1.
  12. Seems worded fine to me.... If Ryan didn't require waivers I would have kept him but he clearly falls in the "under 26" category with over 50 gp.
  13. This was probably the toughest trade I have ever decided to make. Jakob Silfverberg has spent his entire career in Washington. I signed him to a contact eight seasons ago and he has been part of our core group ever since. I always thought of him as a guy with more offensive upside with his body, work ethic, skillset and the unique release on his shot. I remember after signing him he had a record breaking season in the SEL, leading the league in goals and winning MVP. He came over and played for Ottawa in the first round of the playoffs this year and was part of our only run to the finals during my tenure. He was also a key contributor to our President Trophy winning season 2 years ago. He has developed into a defense first player in Anaheim which only exemplifies his willingness to do whatever it takes to win and his team first mentality. Always upped his game significantly come playoff time with the versatility to play wing anywhere on the top three lines with any players. One of my favourite players of all time, he will truly be missed. Tage Thompson is a prospect that we also have believed very strongly in and truly thought he would be a future cornerstone of our franchise. I have enough experience developing young power forwards that I understand the virtue of patience. Though consistency is still an issue with Tage he sometimes does things on the ice that just make me drool over his potential as a goal scorer. He's another piece that will thrive in Sin City. With all that being said our management group decided that if we truly want a shot at winning we had to make this move for two long term pieces that will likely go deep into the playoffs. This season is my 9th as GM of Washington. I have won a few division titles. This will be my 7th season in the playoffs. We have a Presidents Trophy and have been to the finals once along with four first round exits. We knew New Jersey would flip every non player without an NTC as well as all his draft picks for the upcoming two seasons in order to win the cup again and at this point we have to be very aggressive in order to keep pace with what has been the top team in our division for multiple seasons come playoff time. Our bottom 6 was real shallow at the start of the season and we feel now that we have a group capable of competing in the playoffs with the top teams this season, and also have some exciting young talent to move forward with which gave us the ability to move so many draft picks for players to help us win the cup now! Washington Capitals Lineup: Kreider - Turris - Laine Kane - Nylander - Dzingel Marleau - Killorn - Heinen Copp - Lowry - Kassian Roslovic Joseph Yandle - Ellis Chara - Klingberg Toews - Gudas Grzelcyk Murray DeSmith
  14. Assignment: The Washington Capitals assign Frederik Gauthier to the AHL