Capitals Daily Report: The Time is Now

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The last time the Washington Capitals practiced at Kettler, they were staring at a 3-1 series deficit. Four short days later, here we are. The Capitals rallied on home ice in Game 5 and dominated the Penguins in Pittsburgh in Game 6. Tonight, the Caps have an opportunity to not only complete the comeback, but also deliver a victory that DC fans both young and old have wanted for a long time. Puck drop is 7:30 pm. 

MORNING SKATE
There were no changes to the Capitals lines at the skate. For the fifth game in a row they’ll go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Alex Ovechkin will once again be on the third line and was practicing in a white jersey.

Here’s how the Capitals lines will look tonight:

Forwards
Burakovsky-Backstrom-Oshie
Johansson-Kuznetsov-Williams
Ovechkin-Eller-Wilson
Winnik-Beagle

Defense
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Carlson
Schmidt-Shattenkirk
Alzner

Highlights:

T.J. Oshie was on the ice early.

As was Brett Connolly, Taylor Chorney, and Paul Carey who worked on front net presence.

The rest of the team came on shortly after to begin the morning session.

The team worked on getting to the puck along the boards.

Justin Williams knows a thing or two about Game 7s.

2nd line.

Ovechkin changed into red for the power play drills. He looked determined as he embarks on the biggest game of his life.

Nicklas Backstrom and Oshie, along with the rest of the team, worked on speed drills.

The morning skate wrapped up with the team stretch and fans began warming their vocal cords for tonight.

Dmitry Orlov would then work on his one-timer with help from Kevin Shattenkirk.

FROM THE OTHER SIDE
The Penguins held an optional skate at Verizon Center. Matt Murray was on the ice while Marc-Andre Fleury remained in the starter’s net. Head coach Mike Sullivan said that Murray is taking the next step in his recovery and is healthy enough to back up Fleury tonight. Sullivan also pointed out that if a player is healthy enough to dress, he is healthy enough to play.

GAME LINKS
Justin Williams’ ‘Calmness’ Can Serve the Capitals Well in Game 7 (Tommy Chalk/Japers’ Rink)
Opinion: Game 7 is About More Than Just One Series, It’s About the Legacy of a Rivalry (J.J. Regan)
Caps Today and Top Game Notes, 5/10/17
Sidney Crosby takes the fall for the NHL’s failed procedures (USA Today)

RINKSIDE UPDATE:
Mike Vogel chats with Jay Beagle in today’s Rinkside Update

SHAVINGS:

  • Tonight is the Capitals’ 15th Game 7 in franchise history and Washington’s sixth Game 7 in their last six years.
  • Justin Williams has registered 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in seven career Game 7s and ranks first in NHL history in career Game 7 points and tied for first in Game 7 goals.
  • In 20 career games facing elimination, Alex Ovechkin has registered 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) and Nicklas Backstrom has recorded 16 points (five goals, 11 assists).

COACHES QUOTE OF THE DAY:

FAN PIC OF THE DAY:

By Michael Marzzacco

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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