Washington Capitals Daily Report – 4/25

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Derik Hamilton, USA TODAY Sports

The Capitals had the day-off today (Monday) and will return to practice at Kettler Tuesday morning at 10:15 to commence preparations for the Penguins series. 

NEWS AND NOTES

General

  • CaptureThe Eastern Conference Semi-finals are set. The Tampa Bay Lightening and New York Islanders will face-off in one semi-final, while the Penguins and Capitals face-off the in the second semi-final.
  • Today in Capitals history (4/25/92): Dino Ciccarelli set franchise record with 4 goals in playoff game in 7-2 win vs Pens. (@benraby31)
  • The Capitals have announced that single-game tickets for Caps-Pens second-round series go on sale tonight (Monday) at 7pm. More here:
  • No schedule has been released for round 2. It is expected that the Caps-Pens series will start either Thursday or Saturday (Justin Bieber has Verizon Center booked on Friday).

Are You Rocking Your Red?

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Flyers Wrap

  • Yesterday’s win was the Capitals first 1-0 win in a playoff game on the road in team history.
  • Braden Holtby stopped all 26 shots he faced on Sunday in Game 6 to earn his fourth career playoff shutout and second of the series
  • Braden Holtby set a Capitals single-series playoff record with a .968 save percentage.
  • Only four times in playoff history have the Capitals won by a score of 1 to 0. Braden Holtby started 3 of those games.
  • Nicklas Backstrom leads the team in post-season points with 7 points in 6 games.
  • Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn will have a hearing tomorrow for charging/illegal check to the head on Washington’s T.J. Oshie. Schenn (likely) upcoming suspension will carry into next season.

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Penguins Prep

    • Today’s a day off, but Brooks Orpik did skate with #Caps strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish at Kettler. (@vogscaps)
    • The Caps have won just one of eight playoff series against the Penguins all-time. A complete break-down of the history can be found here:
    • Penguin’s goalie Marc-Andre Fleury says he’s still experiencing (concussion) symptoms. Added it’s one of the toughest things he’s been through. (@emptyNetters)

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4 Down…

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OTHER STORIES
Postgame notebook: Caps 1, Flyers 0 (Mike Vogel)
Holtby playing on another level (Chuck Gormley)
The Noon Numbers: A Series in Review (Japers’ Rink)
The Narrative: Moving On, Holtby and Backstrom (Japers’ Rink)
Ovechkin: Flyers ‘didn’t give us any easy games’ (Video) (CSNM)
5 stats why the Capitals advanced past the Flyers (CSNMA)
Less than 48 hours after everything was the worst (NYC Caps Crew)
The Caps aren’t really playoff losers anymore (in the first round, at least) (WaPo)
Capitals’ defense brings Flyers’ season to a close (WaPo)
Fate swung at the Capitals again. This time, they punched back. (WaPo)
Capitals eliminate Flyers in tense 1-0 victory, advance to second round of playoffs (WaPo)
T.J. Oshie on Brayden Schenn’s hit: ‘I don’t really care about it’ (WaPo)
Best and worst moments from the Capitals’ series-clinching Game 6 win (WaPo)

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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