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Washington Capitals goaltender Craig Anderson (31) in action during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Craig Anderson’s emergence latest part of Capitals goalie tightrope

- The Washington Times

All year, the Capitals have walked a tightrope when it comes to their goaltending situation. Washington rotated mostly between Vitek Vanecek, a rookie who spent five years in the minors, and Ilya Samsonov, the 2015 first-rounder who has failed to seize control of the starting job for a number of reasons. But now, Washington’s title aspirations — at least in the short term — might just come down to Anderson.

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) shoots but has his shot blocked by Washington Capitals goaltender Vitek Vanecek (41) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Capitals overcome Vanecek injury to beat Bruins in Game 1

- The Washington Times

Oshie set up the game-winning goal in Washington’s 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of Washington’s first-round playoff series — firing the puck from the blue line that deflected off Nic Dowd’s stick and past Bruins goaltender Tuuka Rask with 15:19 left in overtime.

FILE - This March 12, 2020, file photo, shows the Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals NHL hockey club in Washington. Time is running short for the NHL to start its season on Jan. 1. Various pandemic-related geographic and economic issues remain unresolved. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Capital One Arena, Nationals Park have capacity limits increased

- The Washington Times

Capital One Arena will go from hosting 10% capacity to 25% capacity on May 14. Nationals Park will see a rise from 25% to 36%. Bowser also announced Monday that by June 11, all coronavirus-related capacity restrictions at bars, nightclubs and large sports and entertainment venues will be lifted.

Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9) clears the puck from in front of goaltender Vitek Vanecek (41) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Friday, May 7, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Capitals lose to Flyers, miss chance to reclaim 1st in East

- Associated Press

Rookie Wade Allison scored twice, Brian Elliott made 28 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Capitals 4-2 on Friday night to prevent Washington from reclaiming first place in the East Division.

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