The Philadelphia Flyers went into Game Four of their first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins down 2-1 and looking to turn a best-of-seven series into a best-of-three. But, after a dominating 5-0 Penguins win Wednesday, the Flyers are on the brink of elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Evgeni Malkin started the show early, scoring a PPG just under five minutes in.
DC sports teams and postseason success are like oil and water: never to mix under any circumstance. Yet, Tuesday night, Lars Eller broke through for the Capitals in double overtime, knocking in a pinballing puck past Sergei Bobrovsky for sudden victory in Game Three.
With a loss, the Capitals would have become the first team in NHL postseason history to lose the first three games of a series in overtime. Instead the Capitals are back in the series — down only two games to one — and will have an opportunity to play in front of their home fans again on Saturday.
After Tuesday night’s thrilling victory, Eller spoke to the press and explained how it felt to be the hero of such a pivotable game.
On Sunday, Brett Connolly attempted to throw a puck to an adorable girl watching warmups on the glass. Connolly was thwarted, twice, in getting the puck to the girl — and got a little heated in the process — by an adult who passed the thrown pucks to two boys standing on either side of the girl.
Since then, more details have emerged about what exactly went down ahead of Game Two, as well as some more gestures of kindness from the Capitals organization towards the girl and her family.
According to a statement released earlier Tuesday by the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk, former Capitals forward and noted Sasha Whisperer Viktor Kozlov has been named to a new position as “senior coach” with the team.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s head coach will be Czech National Team coach Josef Jandac.
Before Game Two of the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors NBA playoff series tipped off, Kelly Oubre Jr. arrived to the locker room in true DC style.
He wore his very own Washington Capitals jersey showing the world that, no matter how much stress or misery the playoffs might bring us, our DC sports boys always stick together.
Update your calendars!
The NHL has announced the starting time for Caps-Jackets Game Five on Saturday, April 21.
Originally set as the dreaded TBD, the game will start at 3pm EST at Capital One Arena. For those who cannot make the game in person, it will be shown on NBC Sports Washington locally, and on either NBC or NBCSN nationally.
Nope, you weren’t dreaming. The Caps really did get multiple fortunate bounces to score a goal in double overtime against the Blue Jackets and pull back to within one game in the best of seven series. Lars Eller scored the game winner to cap off a strong fifth period performance for the hockey club from DC.
The Caps out-shot the Jackets 35-31 at five-on-five and also got the better of the shot attempts, 76-62.
On Tuesday, the Vegas Golden Knights became the first ever expansion team in NHL history to sweep their first playoff series during their inaugural season.
The Golden Knights shut out the Los Angeles Kings in a 1-0 win, advancing them to the second round, where they will face either the San Jose Sharks or the Anaheim Ducks.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 31 shots he faced for his second shutout of the series. Brayden McNabb scored his first playoff goal against his former team to help secure the 1-0 victory. McNabb was selected by the Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft.
The Washington Capitals third line consisting of Lars Eller, Devante Smith-Pelly, and Brett Connolly was dominant during Game Three. According to Natural Stat Trick, the third line led the team in shot attempt percentage (65.7%) and scoring chance percentage (72.5%).
Lady luck rewarded the trio in double overtime.
And there was no one happier than DSP.
Haters will call it an ugly goal. Caps fans think it’s the most beautiful thing we’ve seen in months.
Nine minutes into the fifth period of Game Three, Lars Eller crashed the net to give Washington sudden victory.
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