Last night, the Philadelphia Flyers were kicked out of the 2017-18 playoffs after the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated them in heartbreaking fashion.
Naturally, both sides were extremely calm and congratulated each other on a rousing series! I’m just kidding.
After putting their fans through another hellacious period of overtime, the Capitals head to Columbus with a chance to close out another first round series.
It’s an elimination game so everyone wear your lucky socks and pray to the hockey gods that the bounces fall the Caps way. Puck drop is at 7:30 PM on CNBC and NBCSWA. Peter will once again have your recap.
Joe Sakic, Maurice Richard, Patrick Kane, and Glenn Anderson have two things in common. They’ve all won Stanley Cups. They’re also the only players in NHL history to score more playoff overtime goals than Nicklas Backstrom.
Saturday night at Capital One Arena, Backstrom scored twice, including his fourth overtime game-winning goal. The tally made the pass-first Backstrom one of the most clutch overtime scorers in NHL postseason history.
Alex Ovechkin, who in October became the all-time NHL leader in regular season overtime goals, has never scored a postseason overtime goal in his career.
On Friday, NHL.com released a list of the top-selling jerseys in the NHL, for the 2017-18 season, as tallied from the Fanatics network of ecommerce stores. The Fanatics network includes Shop.NHL.com, NHLShop.ca and Fanatics.com, and the totals were collated over the regular season.
For the Washington Capitals, both Alex Ovechkin and TJ Oshie made the cut, coming in sixth and 12th place respectively. For the 2016-17 season, Ovechkin was the sole Capital on the list at number seven.
Over the past weekend, Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjällby made his debut on the international stage. In a pre-World Championship tournament (Carlson Hockey Games) held in Jaroslavl, Russia, and Pardubice, Czech Republic, the 20-year-old played his first two games for the senior level Swedish National Team.
Tre Kronor lost both games to Czech Republic and Finland, but Jonsson-Fjällby had a personal milestone, scoring his first career points for the team.
Jake Guentzel scored four goals in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 8-5 thrashing of the Philadelphia Flyers, ending the first-round series in six games. The Penguins will face the eventual winner of the series between the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Flyers blew a two-goal lead in Game Six, then Pittsburgh forward Guentzel reached power level over nine thousand in the final frame to secure victory. Sean Couturier also recored a hat trick for the Flyers.
The Caps bested the Blue Jackets on Saturday to take a 3-2 series lead. The teams meet again in Columbus on Monday night for Game Six.
The Caps have owned 51.3 percent of the shot attempts five-on-five (288-273) but have been outscored at five-on-five 10-9.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from the first five games of the series.
Game Five ended in a Washington Capitals win. Celebrations are occurring all over the district, but in the Oshie household, there is a very special celebration since Papa TJ scored a goal.
After the overtime win, Lauren Oshie (a.k.a. “Mama”) got her adorable girls, Lyla and Leni, the ultimate victory food: McDonald’s.
After going viral, Keelan Moxley was a special guest during the Capitals Game Five at Capital One Arena, Saturday.
From meeting owner Ted Leonsis before puck drop, sitting in complimentary seats on the glass, and receiving a signed stick from Brett Connolly, Keelan certainly had a big night.
It was made even more special after the overtime win.
After a disastrous play by Alex Ovechkin midway through the first period led to a shorthanded goal against, the Washington Capitals were on their heels once again in Game Five of this first-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Later, after being outshot 16-1 in the final frame of regulation, things looked dire for Washington, with the team possibly headed to Columbus on the brink of elimination. In a series full of missteps, the Capitals had blown the lead four of the five games.
Nicklas Backstrom, joined by other veterans, had a word with the team before overtime, the fourth time this series has required at least one extra period.
“We had to be better,” Backstrom said of his message to the team.
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