Michal Neuvirth is Starting Game Four

Flyers beat reporter Dave Isaac broke the news: Steve Mason is out, and Michal Neuvirth is in.

So it’ll be Holtby vs Neuvirth tonight. Prepare yourselves.

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Braden Holtby has saved 91 of 93 shots this series, good for a .978 save percentage, which isn’t bad when you think about it.

Cut to Tuesday’s practice at Wells Fargo Center. Holtby reportedly left about ten minutes in after colliding with a teammate. Holtby was seen favoring his left leg.

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Take Out the Trash: Caps beat Flyers 6-1

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In Game Three, the Washington Capitals magnanimously spotted an early goal to the grieving Philadelphia Flyers. But dirty play by the home team squandered that good will, so the Flyers had to be put down. Without mercy.

Philadelphia, feeling the high of a pregame tribute to Ed Snider, scored in the first minute off the stick of Michael Raffl. The Caps returned fire with a power-play goal, Marcus Johansson’s tip-in of John Carlson’s slapper.

Alex Ovechkin scored the lone goal of the second period, the end result of some great neutral-zone work by the top line.

In the third, Evgeny Kuznetsov joined the rodeo, grabbing a weird bounce and pantsing Steve Mason to put the Flyers in a two-goal hole. Alex Ovechkin buried it during a supersized power play late in the game, but a bunch of hardcore Philly fans had already headed towards the exit by then. They didn’t even see Jay Beagle make it a six spot.

Caps beat Flyers 6-1! Caps take a 3-0 series lead!

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Caps at Flyers Pregame: Glass Case of Emotion

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Photo: Patrick Smith

After winning both home games, the Caps are in Philadelphia tonight to see if they can’t put the Flyers in a stranglehold. It won’t be easy. The Flyers are mightily pissed about games one and two, and they’ve got sentimental reasons not to play like garbage tonight.

The saying goes, “you’re not in trouble until you lose at home.” Here’s rooting for trouble tonight at Wells Fargo center in what is sure to be an emotionally charged game.

Caps lead the series 2-0. Puck drops at 7 PM on CSN-DC.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 56-18-8 52.0% 101.1 21.9% (5th) 85.2% (2nd)
Philadelphia Flyers 41-27-14 50.1% 100.5 18.9% (11th) 80.5% (20th)

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Rockville Slim - Unleash the Fury

Remy and Bowser, step aside; I think we’ve got a new best Caps rap jam. From the immensely talented Rockville Slim, we’re happy to debut “Unleash the Fury.”

The scope of this thing is huge. There’s footage of major area ice rinks, some roller derby action, clips with The Horn Guy and Loud Goat, shots from inside the Hirshhorn National Portrait Gallery, plus jabs at the crummy cell phone reception at Verizon Center and our fair city’s football team.

Not to mention, this song is kind of a banger. Those horns are boss. Turn it up.

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Braden Holtby is the Wonderwall: Caps beat Flyers 4-1

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The pain of the playoffs usually goes like this: the Caps are dominating play but can’t crack the goalie. They do everything right, but they just can’t hit the back of the net.

Game Two was the exact freaking opposite. The Caps were on their heels from the drop, but Flyers goalie Steve Mason wasn’t exactly Halak-like in his crease work. A trio of goals in the first forty made this a solid win, and that curious reversal of fortunes made Saturday night actually kind of pleasant and fun. That’s not the Caps playoff hockey I know, but I could get used to it.

John Carlson scored first, using patience and a couple screens to crack Steve Mason. And crack he did. Mason next allowed a high-fiber softy from Jason Chimera early in the second period. Jakub Voracek narrowed the score by seizing on a loose puck, but Alex Ovechkin got an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot before the second intermission to make it 3-1.

With two minutes and change left in the third, Nick Backstrom got himself on the ledger, zipping a glove stick-side goal on poor Steve Mason. Locker called it “icing on the cake,” which reminds me– we should eat some cake!

Caps beat Flyers 4-1! Caps lead the series 2-0!

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Braden Holtby Strums Mellow 90s Tunes Before Games

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This is not Braden Holtby, but he is also a goalie, and he also plays guitar, so it kinda works.

Braden Holtby saved every one of the 19 shots that came his way on Thursday night on the way to his third career playoff shutout. The secret behind that performance: the mellow jams he shredded on his acoustic before the game.

I direct you now to an article by Caps beat alumnus Alex Prewitt, now of Sports Illustrated. Earlier this week, Prew wrote of Holtby’s pregame passion: strumming up some mellow 90s tunes for the boys.

Click this mondo link to read Prew’s article, bruv.

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Caps vs Flyers Pregame: It Begins

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Pitter-patter, let’s get at ‘er. The regular season is over and now the real dance begins.

At 7 PM tonight, the Capitals and the Flyers will face off at Verizon Center (or on CSN-DC).

You’ve been waiting for this since last May, and now it’s here. Crash the net.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 56-18-8 52.0% 101.1 21.9% (5th) 85.2% (2nd)
Philadelphia Flyers 41-27-14 50.1% 100.5 18.9% (11th) 80.5% (20th)

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This is Your Caps Playoffs Pump-Up Mix

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I asked Caps fans to submit their favorite pump-up/psych-up songs for tonight’s game. What you came up with was inspiring, diverse, disturbing, and flat-out wrong. There’s local flavor, arena-rock staples, jock jams, enrique, and some off-the-wall stuff that’s growing on me.

Here’s five hours of tunes to get your blood moving before puck drop tonight. Turn it up.

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Each year the Kraft Hockeyville competition picks one small ice rink to host an NHL preseason game and get $150,000 in upgrades. This year, the Rockville Ice Arena in Maryland is one of ten finalists for the big prize.

Rockville Ice Arena is the home of the USA Warriors.

Together we’re gonna win it for them and get important upgrades for veterans and youth hockey. Let’s do it.

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