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Topic - Derek Stepan
Going into Monday night's deciding Game 7, Nash had just one assist amid plenty of speculation that he's playing through injury.
Replays showed Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson made mistakes on the play that led to Derek Stepan's goal at the 13:35 mark of the third period Monday night.
The Capitals' captain has six goals and four assists in his past six games. That's one way to silence the critics, at least temporarily.
The defensive zone needs work. The offense struggles to come up with timely goals. Discipline remains an issue. Just about everything except goaltending showed through as something the Caps can work on in the coming days as they languish at the bottom of the NHL standings.
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.
The Vancouver Canucks carry the NHL's best record into the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second year in a row. The New York Rangers are on top of the Eastern Conference for the first time since they won it all in 1994.
Flying sticks. Pointed fingers. Postgame putdowns. And that was just the coaches.
Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 in a preseason game Friday night.
With the Capitals seeking to climb out of a big hole in Game 4 against the New York Rangers with the series potentially hanging in the balance, no one would have been shocked if Nicklas Backstrom shook out of his slump and scored a couple of goals.
The Capitals insist there's no reason for concern. They aren't panicking about one loss to the New York Rangers or losing momentum in the first-round series.
New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan became the fourth NHL player to score three goals in a debut.