ECQF Game 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (W 2-1 OT)

ECQF Game 5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (W 2-1 OT)

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April 21st, 2017, 8:57 pm #1

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April 21st, 2017, 8:58 pm #2

5 Keys: Maple Leafs at Capitals, Game 5
Washington needs to be better in faceoff circle; Toronto hoping Auston Matthews continues impressive play
by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS at CAPITALS

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC

Best-of-7 series tied 2-2



ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs will play Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round Series at Verizon Center on Friday.

Washington tied the series with a 5-4 win in Game 4 in Toronto. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, when a Stanley Cup Playoff series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 is 193-54 in the series.

Here are 5 keys for Game 5:


1. Get a lead, keep a lead

Each of the four games in the series have been decided by one goal and three have been decided in overtime. Washington led Toronto 4-1 at after the first period of Game 4, and hung on to win 5-4 after a late Maple Leafs push nearly tied the game. Coach Barry Trotz knows that can't keep happening if the Capitals want to win the series. Washington has to find a way to stay aggressive during Toronto's inevitable third-period comebacks.

"In the end, I know we just got to get on our toes a little bit in the third there," Trotz said. "We were just backing up a little bit too much. We've got to continue to push forward a little bit more."


2. Auston Matthews

Matthews played his best games of the series in Games 3 and 4, scoring three points (two goals, one assist). A 40-goal scorer in the regular season, the Capitals will have to contain Matthews and limit his chances to make plays.

"I think he just keeps getting better and better," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought he was outstanding for us last game, he played when the game was on the line and he pushed us back. To me, he's a 200-[foot player] with and without (the puck), and he's learned a lot this year."


3. Better in the dot

Washington has won 46.2 percent of faceoffs in the series and the Maple Leafs are second among playoff teams winning 53.8 percent. The Capitals were better in the faceoff circle in Game 4, winning 52.5 percent, which they felt helped them command the pace of the game.

"I mean, faceoffs, we've talked about that all year, starting with the puck or not starting with the puck, chasing or dictating," Capitals forward Jay Beagle said. "It's pretty simple: You've got to win draws to be able to feel like you're going to be able to come at them. And so, draws are obviously very key and we spend a lot of time on them. Matthews has been really strong on faceoffs toward the end of the year, and you could kind of tell that. We've just got to continue to try to do a good job of trying to start with the puck."


4. Stay the course

The Maple Leafs aren't feeling the pressure of having to play an important playoff game on the road. Babcock has instilled a belief and confidence in his young players that they can win a playoff series against a Presidents' Trophy-winning team.

"We came into this series being a confident team when we play the right way and now here we are, a best-of-3, these are the elements that make it fun," forward James van Riemsdyk said. "These games are fun to play in."


5. Back to bounces

Toronto has scored a number of its goals off deflections and bounces, something Washington wants to limit. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has been working on his body control and figuring out tendencies of Maple Leafs players in order to combat that.

"There's always screens every game, pucks that you don't see and you just got to find it as quick as possible," Holtby said. "But I think our guys are trying to figure it out. There's emphasis on the high forward a lot and our 'D' are going to realize that they have time to front some of those pucks and I've got to battle harder to find sightlines. We've consistently gotten better at that throughout the series. Tonight will be even better."


Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams

Andre Burakovsky -- Lars Eller -- Tom Wilson

Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Brett Connolly

Nate Schmidt -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Paul Carey, Taylor Chorney, Chandler Stephenson

Injured: Karl Alzner (upper body)


Maple Leafs projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Connor Brown

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Matt Martin -- Brian Boyle -- Kasperi Kapanen

Matt Hunwick -- Morgan Rielly

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Martin Marincin -- Connor Carrick

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Alexey Marchenko, Ben Smith, Josh Leivo

Injured: Roman Polak (lower body), Eric Fehr (hand/arm), Nikita Soshnikov (undisclosed)


Status report

Alzner participated in the morning skate but did not take rushes or drills and will not play. ... The Capitals recalled Stephenson from Hershey of the American Hockey League on Friday, but he likely will be scratched.


Who's hot

Bozak (two goals, two assists), Marner (one goal, three assists) and Rielly (one goal, three assists) each have four points in four games. … Matthews (two goals, one assist) and van Riemsdyk (two goals, one assist) each have three points in four games. … Oshie has six points (two goals, four assists) during a four game point streak. … Backstrom has five points (two goals, three assists) in four games. … Williams has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games. … Wilson and Ovechkin each have three goals in his past four games.
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April 21st, 2017, 9:04 pm #3

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Nate Schmidt making most of chance in Capitals lineup
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April 21st, 2017, 10:48 pm #4

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http://www.vipbox.bz/ice-hockey/435194/ ... nline.html
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April 21st, 2017, 10:50 pm #5

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The link is showing pregame stuff.
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April 21st, 2017, 11:11 pm #6

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Game on! Icing, Leafs.... lol
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April 21st, 2017, 11:21 pm #7

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Seconds later, it's Holtby with the huge save on a beautifully executed 2 on 1...

then the Caps get a 3 on 2, and after they've settled down to standard playoff hockey.
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April 21st, 2017, 11:49 pm #8

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5:42 left 1st, Caps to the PP...

as it expires, great stop by Andersen... ES...

2:28 left, Kadri trips Ovechkin, who stays down a good while and is helped off the ice, no weight on his left leg.

Not good.

PP time, 2:00...
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April 21st, 2017, 11:51 pm #9

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Backstrom gets post, but Oshie pots the rebound at 1:45 left 1st.

1-0 Caps
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April 21st, 2017, 11:58 pm #10

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1-0 Caps, end 1st.

Big news will be Ovie status.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-niswxxUip8


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April 22nd, 2017, 12:23 am #11

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2nd on... Ovechkin starts the 2nd on the ice...

4 on 4, Carrick and Wilson for roughing at 12:59 left 2nd... ES... Ovechkin denied by Andersen's shoulder or mask...

Matthews ties it at exactly 14:00 left 2nd.
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April 22nd, 2017, 12:34 am #12

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Bura a sweet move to be alone, but the shot goes wide... Leafs come down, Martin hits pipe... Andersen good stick save on Wilson...

Wilson in the box, tripped Martin at 10:47 left 2nd... good kill, no SOGs, but Leafs keep control and Holtby with 2 BIG saves.
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April 22nd, 2017, 12:47 am #13

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I was busy until now. I'm here until the end.

I've watched the videos of the two goals. Great stick handling by Matthews on his goal. Will watch the video you shared later (Ovie's injury).
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April 22nd, 2017, 12:49 am #14

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Haha, a ref removed a Leaf's hand from Wilson's collar.
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April 22nd, 2017, 12:51 am #15

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Ovechkin called for a slash with 25.7 left in the period, but it was Niskanen.
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April 22nd, 2017, 12:52 am #16

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Big save by Holtby in the last second.

1-1 at the second intermisson.
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April 22nd, 2017, 12:53 am #17

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Beagle in the box at 6:12 left 2nd, hooking... Caps had a SH breakaway chance, pass couldn't connect... killed, no SOGs... late penalty on Washington :25.7, Niskanen hacks Kadri in the back of the leg... Holtby save at the buzzer...

1-1, end 2nd. Leafs on the PP a good bit to start the 3rd.

Next goal is huge.
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April 22nd, 2017, 12:57 am #18

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Wilson got 2 unsportsmanlikes there at 19:34, don't know if that's 5/10 or game.

Nope- 2/2, I guess. He's showing 3 pens/ 6:00 for now.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:02 am #19

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I've watched the video you shared. Russian machines never break, obviously.

So this game has been good defensively, but we'd want to see more goals by the Caps, especially at even strength. Great to have a power play working so well in this series, though.

First, they gotta kill this penalty.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:13 am #20

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Killed, and now a PP for the Caps. I wouldn't mind a PPG, actually.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:15 am #21

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Johansson with a huge hit, 4-on-2 developing for the Caps... and there's a whistle.

No idea why.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:21 am #22

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That strange stoppage not only killed a great opportunity, but it disturbed the Caps for the remainder of the PP3
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:23 am #23

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Caps not only need a goal quickly, but even two, to feel a bit better in the last two minutes.

Oh, they hit the post!

And now Wilson to the box for high stick.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:27 am #24

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Big save by Holtby.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:29 am #25

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Killed. That was vital. Now they need one. No overtime, please.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:30 am #26

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Hate to say it, but they don't look too sharp.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:32 am #27

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Caps have 1 SOG in 3rd...
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:35 am #28

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If anyone scores for the Leafs, it will be Reilly.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:39 am #29

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Schmidt created himself a great chance. He must stay in the team when Carlson is back. Hard to know who will sit if he does, though.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:41 am #30

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Orpik and Carlson break sticks on hard shots in the same minute. Can't blame the guys for not trying.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:41 am #31

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You mean Alzner?
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:42 am #32

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The next three goals in this game are huge.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:43 am #33

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Yes, sorry, I meant Alzner. And maybe Carlson would sit.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:44 am #34

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If Alzner is not 100%, it may be better to keep Schmidt for the rest of this series.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:48 am #35

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Basically, overtime has already started.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:51 am #36

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Kuznetsov, then Williams with big chances. I hope they won't have regrets on those.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:51 am #37

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And overtime.
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:51 am #38

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OT...
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:52 am #39

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These guys don't listen to me. I told them, no overtime. :P
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April 22nd, 2017, 1:58 am #40

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Stephen Whyno‏ @SWhyno
Tom Wilson has been benched. Hasn't taken a shift since his fourth minor penalty.
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April 22nd, 2017, 2:03 am #41

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Long change in 1st OT, too- don't mess up a change, boys.
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April 22nd, 2017, 2:07 am #42

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Let's go, Caps! The next goal is definitely huge.
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April 22nd, 2017, 2:09 am #43

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YES!
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April 22nd, 2017, 2:09 am #44

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Williams!!!

Geez, thank you, Mr Playoffs.
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April 22nd, 2017, 2:11 am #45

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Great job by Johansson and Kuznetsov to serve Williams. This time, he didn't miss.
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April 22nd, 2017, 2:12 am #46

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Great game by Holtby. Ted is happy.
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April 22nd, 2017, 2:12 am #47

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Your streak is alive...

lol

"See" you Sunday!
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April 22nd, 2017, 2:13 am #48

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Haha, yes, I don't think it will work every time, though, even if they go to the finals. They can't win every game up to there.
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