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The Washington Capitals visit the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Game 3 of the First Round in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday (6:30 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington, and NBCSN). The series is tied 1-1 after the Capitals fell to the Bruins 4-3 in overtime on Monday at Capital One Arena.
Goal Leader: Forward Garnet Hathaway (2)
Assist Leaders: Forward T.J. Oshie (2), captain Alex Ovechkin (2), and defenseman Dmitry Orlov (2)
Point Leader: Oshie (3)
Goaltender: Craig Anderson is likely to be in net for Washington. The 39-year-old made 44 saves in Monday’s overtime loss. He holds a .929 save percentage and 2.67 goals-against average.
Essential Notes: Center Evgeny Kuznetsov and goaltender Ilya Samsonov attended Tuesday’s optional practice. A timeline for return is unclear as of now, but they will be making the trip to Boston. Head coach Peter Laviolette confirmed netminder Vitek Vanecek and center Lars Eller are both day-to-day.
The Capitals recalled center Connor McMichael, forward Brett Leason, and defensemen Paul LaDue and Alexander Alexeyev from the AHL’s Hershey Bears. The four will likely be black aces during the playoff run but they are not traveling with the team to Boston for Game 3 and Game 4 on Friday.
Goal Leader: Forward Jake DeBrusk (2)
Assist Leaders: Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (2) and forward David Pastrnak (2)
Point Leaders: DeBrusk (2), Grzelcyk (2), Pastrnak (2), and forward Nick Ritchie (2)
Goaltender: Tuukka Rask is likely to be in net for Boston. The 34-year-old made 36 saves in Monday’s overtime victory. He holds a .915 save percentage and 2.87 goals-against average.
Essential Notes: Head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed defenseman Jeremy Lauzon, who missed Game 2, will not play in Game 3 due to an upper-body injury from Game 1 on Saturday.
By Della Young
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