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Holtby proceeded to stop all 29 shots he faced the rest of the game, and the Capitals’ offense matched that production in Washington’s 3-1 win. It was a promising start to Holtby’s second career playoff appearance and an extension of how well he played during the Capitals’ late-season run to the Southeast Division championship.
A year after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996, the New Jersey Devils are going back to the Stanley Cup finals, thanks to a rookie, a 40-year-old goaltender and a coach who'd never been to the postseason in the NHL.
Through the first four games of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers haven't been involved in the kind of dirty stuff they dealt with in their first-round series, but that doesn't take away from the intensity of the series.
Playing one-goal games is life as usual for the Washington Capitals. That's playoff hockey, for the past few months. Trapping and trying to hold the lead, the Caps surrendered it with 6.6 seconds left.
Daniel Alfredsson is returning to the Ottawa Senators' lineup.
Coach John Tortorella tweaked the New York Rangers' top two lines during practice on Friday ahead of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference playoff series against the Ottawa Senators.
Had Nicklas Backstrom not drawn a match penalty for cross-checking Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley in the face Monday, it's possible he wouldn't even have faced a disciplinary hearing with the NHL.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's vision of a bigger footprint for hockey is finally coming into focus.