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4.23.17 Rewind: Caps march on with overtime win over Leafs

The Capitals wrapped up their first round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday with a Game 6 overtime win.

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Rangers vs. Capitals
Archaic NHL playoff format helps Rangers, hurts Caps
The NHL playoff format is archaic and ineffective. The Capitals are getting the worst of it while the Rangers are reaping the benefits. 
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Caps vs. Penguins preview: The rematch
The whole season has been building to this: A rematch between the Washington Capitals and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov
Power Rankings: On to Round two
Round one was full of surprises. Where do all the teams stand heading into the round two?
May sees Pens vs Caps series as another "nail-biter"
CSN Caps analyst Alan May sees the Penguins vs Caps matchup being another long series.
Karl Alzner or Nate Schmidt?
With Karl Alzner being out, Nate Schmidt has stepped up to the plate on defense. When Alzner is ready to come back, what should Trotz do with Schmidt? Alan May can see Trotz using 7 defenseman.
What similarities do the Leafs have to the Pens?
As the Caps head into the second round, how has playing the Leafs prepared them to play against the Penguins? CSN Caps analyst Alan May weighed in on the Junkies.
May:'Barry Trotz grew as a coach in this series'
CSN Caps analyst Alan May on how HC Barry Trotz made the necessary adjustments for his team.
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson
Prediction recap: Caps survive Toronto's best shot
The Maple Leafs made a push for Game 7, but in the end they fell in Game 6 as the Caps took the game and the series on Sunday.
Williams welcomed back to DC by speeding ticket
Game 5 hero Justin Williams returned from the Game 6 vicotyr in Toronto only to find a speeding ticket waiting for him.
4.23.17 Rewind: Caps march on with overtime win over Leafs
The Capitals wrapped up their first round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday with a Game 6 overtime win.
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3 key observations: Caps save their best for last
The Caps were at their best when it mattered most in Game 6.
Ovi shared his message to Matthews after Caps won Game 6
The Capitals beat the Maple Leafs in Game 6, winning the first-round series. After the conclusion, Alex Ovechkin shared words of admiration with the Leafs' young star Auston Matthews.
Leonsis says Leafs remind him of Caps 10 years ago
Capitals owner Ted Leonsis envisions a bright future for the Maple Leafs, whom he compared to his own team 10 years ago.
Holtby dismisses idea of lucky bounces, praises MoJo
Capitals fans will say the Maple Leafs got a lot of lucky bounces, but Braden Holtby doesn't exactly see it that way.
Trotz opens victory press conference honoring Leafs
Barry Trotz's Capitals may have eliminated the Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs, but he opened his victory press conference with congratulations to Toronto for the promising team they've built...
Johansson talks through his two goals against Leafs
Marcus Johansson scored two goals, including the game winner in overtime, to finish off the Maple Leafs in Game 6. He walked Al Koken through each one.
Lars Eller on late game nerves, Mojo's winner
Capitals center Lars Eller spoke with Tarik El-Bashir about what was going through the team's head in overtime of Game 6.
Capitals vs. Penguins schedule announced
The Capitals and Penguins will meet in the second round of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here is the schedule.
Marcus Johansson scores Game 6 OT winner to eliminate Leafs
Marcus Johansson scored the final goal of the Capitals-Maple Leafs first-round series thanks to an OT goal in Game 6.
Holtby comes up large again in third period
Braden Holtby stood on his head in the third period of Game 6 with Toronto attempting to go ahead 2-1.
Holtby makes sprawling save to keep game tied
Moments after tying up Game 6, the Caps nearly went down 2-1, but Braden Holtby was on his hands and knees making sure it didn't happen.
Caps tie Game 6 late with dirty goal
A bouncing puck in front got a Capitals' bounce and went past Frederik Andersen to tie the game 1-1 with seven minutes left.
Ovechkin and Kadri get tied up again
Alex Ovechkin and Nazem Kadri got tied up again in Game 6. Things got weird. 
Caps finish off Toronto in OT behind Johansson's two goals
It took another overtime (of course), but the Capitals closed out the Maple Leafs in six games on Sunday with a 2-1 overtime win and now advance to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.
Canada's most controversial export spotted at Game 6
Justin Bieber, pop star and occasional petty criminal, showed up to Air Canada Centre for Game 6. 
Justin Williams denied by Andersen 1-on-1
Justin Williams had a great 1-on-1 chance on Frederik Andersen to give the Caps a 1-0 lead in the second period, but the Maple Leafs goalie came up big.
Marcus Johansson crashes into goalie Frederik Andersen
Early in the first period of Game 6, Marcus Johansson attempted to create separation on a breakaway. The end result was a collision with multiple Maple Leafs, including goalie Frederik Andersen.
T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom
3 bold predictions: Can the Caps close out the Leafs?
The Caps will look to prevent a return to trip to Verizon Center by finishing the Leafs on Sunday in Game 6 (7 p.m., CSN).
Tom Wilson
Wilson takes responsibility for penalties
Wilson called his penchant for penalties “unacceptable” at this time of year. 
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner
Alzner won't play in Game 6
Karl Alzner continues to skate with the Capitals, but the veteran defenseman will miss Game 6, Coach Barry Trotz said.
Caps' potential Game 7 start time released
On Sunday, the NHL announced the start time for a potential Game 7 for the Caps and the Maple Leafs. 
Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby named Vezina Trophy finalist
The Caps' goaltender is one of three finalists in the running for this top goalie award.
TJ Oshie on Justin Williams' game winner
TJ Oshie describes says his whole team looks up to Justin Williams' competitiveness.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Holtby named finalist for top goalie award
Braden Holtby is officially in the running to repeat as the NHL's best goaltender
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner
Trotz considers drastic lineup change for Alzner's return
The Caps' lineup could look every different when Karl Alzner recovers from an upper-body injury.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Capitals-Maple Leafs Game 6 how to watch
The Capitals can advance to the second round with a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6. Watch it on CSN or with CSN's live stream.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Trotz updates Ovechkin's status for Game 6
Alex Ovechkin took a rough hit in the first period of Game 5, returned for the second, but was re-evaluated following the game
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Prediction recap: Holtby shines in Game 5
Braden Holtby finally looked like his old self again on Friday.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Caps playoff hero benched in Game 5
Tom Wilson was assessed four minor penalties Friday.
Leafs don't see anything wrong with Kadri's hit
Alex Ovechkin was not pleased after a nasty hit from Nazem Kadri. The Leafs didn't think the play even warranted a penalty.
4.21.17 Rewind: Williams' OT goals lifts Caps in wild Game 5
Game 5 between the Capitals and Maple Leafs was a crazy, heart-stopping affair. Justin Williams played overtime hero to put Washington one win away from advancing.
John Walton explains why hit on Ovi wasn't called clipping
Capitals radio announcer John Walton explained to the STL crew why the officials didn't call clipping on a questionable hit on Ovechkin.
3 Key Observations: Williams proves 'clutch' exists
The Caps sit just one win away from the second round thanks to Friday’s Game 5 win in overtime. Here are three key observations from the game.
Caps fan tells story of celebrating in huge Toronto crowd
The Caps OT crew interviewed perhaps the bravest Caps fan on the planet.
Justin Williams denies clutch reputation after Game 5 winner
Justin Williams has a reputation for coming through with winning goals in the clutch. He did it again tonight in the Caps' Game 5 win over the Leafs, but he wouldn't take credit for it afterward,
Ovi not worried after hit, liked watching from locker room
Alex Ovechkin took a very serious-looking hit in Game 5 and had to go back to the locker room to be evaluated. But he said he wasn't worried at the time. He enjoyed watching the Caps score while drinking a...
Brooks Orpik on the clutch brilliance of Justin Williams
After a huge win in Game 5, Brooks Orpik tries to wrap his head around the clutch brilliance that is Justin Williams. Orpik also talks to Tarik El-Bashir about the controversial hit on Alex Ovechkin.
Justin 'Clutch' Williams wins it in OT
Justin WIlliams knows a thing or two about clutch goals. He provided the clutch winner in Game 5.
Justin Williams provides OT magic yet again
Justin Williams knows a thing or two about clutch goals and on Friday night, the veteran did it again, scoring the overtime winner in Game 5 to give the Capitals a 2-1 win.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Caps push Toronto to the brink with overtime win
The Capitals sit just one win away from advancing to the second round after a 2-1 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday in Game 5.
Kadri bad at flopping
Alex Ovechkin tried to get even with Kazem Kadri, and the Toronto winger showed that he is awful at flopping. 
Kadri's hit on Ovi: Dirty or not?
Was Nazem Kadri's hit on Alex Ovechkin dirty or not? J.J. Regan takes a look.
Ovechkin gets revenge on Kadri, has words for Maple Leafs
Alex Ovechkin got revenge on Nazem Kadri, but he got penalized for the hit, and took his time to jaw at the Maple Leafs on the way to the bench.
Braden Holtby stands on his head for clutch save
After giving up the game-tying goal, Braden Holtby locked down on the crease and stood on his head in the second period to prevent the Maple Leafs from taking a 2-1 lead in Game 5.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Ovechkin returns for start of the 2nd after horrifying hit
Alex Ovechkin had to be helped off the ice during the first period. He was on the ice for the start of the second.
Alan May weighs in on Alex Ovechkin's injury
CSN analyst Alan May weighs in on the hit Nazem Kadri issued on Alex Ovechkin that resulted in an apparent injury.
TJ Oshie does it again for Caps with first goal of Game 5
For the second game in a row, TJ Oshie got the Capitals on the board first with a nifty rebound goal.
Ovechkin helped off the ice after hip check to the knee
Alex Ovechkin had to be helped off the ice during the first period of Game 5 after a hit to the knee from Nazem Kadri.
Alex Ovechkin injured on dirty hit from Nazem Kadri
Nazem Kadri issued a very dangerous hit on Alex Ovechkin, leaving the Capitals' captain in serious pain.
Ovechkin drops the hammer early in Game 5
Alex Ovechkin brought the physicality early in Game 5. He had three early hits, including this thumper.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
3 bold predictions: Holtby's time to shine
Braden Holtby has not had a great game yet this series. That will change with Game 5 (7 p.m., CSN).
Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game 5: Get hyped
With the series tied 2-2, the Capitals return home to Verizon Center to take on the Maple Leafs in an all important Game 5. It all goes down at 7:00 p.m. on CSN. Get hyped.
Holtby goes back to the basics in hopes of stopping Leafs
Braden Holtby explains how he plans on combatting the Leafs in the latter half of Washington's series against Toronto.
Ice time is not a concern for Kevin Shattenkirk
Kevin Shattenkirk didn't get his usual playing time in Game 4 against the Leafs, but he's not thinking about that at all.
Q&A: Caps - Maple Leafs Game 5
Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan answer all questions about what's next for the Caps-Leafs in Game 5.
Holtby's hopes for combatting the Leaf's offensive approach
 Holtby hopes additional prep, growing comfort level will help him combat Leafs' offensive approach.
Washington Capitals prospect Chandler Stephenson
Alzner out, Stephenson expected to be scratched
Chandler Stephenson was recalled on Friday, but Barry Trotz says that was not because of any injury concerns for the Caps.
Washington Capitals forward Brett Connolly
Ice time from Game 4 hints some players are struggling against Leafs
Some players are seeing their time decrease as well and it may not be just a situational call.
Wyshynski sees a tough battle if Caps play Pens
Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy on Yahoo! Sports feels the Caps have the best team to beat the Penguins but doesn't see it being any easier than in years past.
Is the switch flipped for Caps or will it still be a battle?
Greg Wynshenski of Yahoo! Sports on what the Caps will need to do to close out this series.
Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
Caps-Leafs Game 6 time announced
The Caps' series with Toronto will go at least six games. Here are the details for Game 6.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Caps vs. Maple Leafs Game 5 how to watch, open thread
The Caps will look to push Toronto to the brink in Friday's Game 5 in Washington. Watch all coverage live on CSN or on CSN's live stream page.
The Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins await winner of Caps-Leafs in the second round
The Capitals still need to win their first round matchup, but they know who awaits them in the second round should they advance.
It's a fun night in DC when the Wizards, Caps and Nats win
Both the Wizards and Capitals recorded playoff wins, and the Nats destroyed the Braves, all on the same night.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Holtby's playoff stats aren't very Holtby-like
Barry Trotz said he's not worried about his starting goalie's play through four games.
Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt
Will Schmidt's play keep him in the lineup?
Nate Schmidt was on the ice for five of the Caps' eight goals in Games 3 and 4.
Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A whole new series?
JJ Regan sits down with the Washington Post's Neil Greenberg to talk about the Caps' big Game 4 win.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Trotz surprised by disallowed goal after Andersen grabbed Backstrom
Barry Trotz saw Frederik Andersen grab Nicklas Backstrom and still get a goalie interference call. Needless to say he was a bit confused.
Holtby's save near the blue line or Wilson's head first dive into the net?
Heading back to D.C. with the series tied at two, there are two plays that stood out for the Caps in Toronto.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Prediction recap: Ovechkin gets more ice time but not much
Alex Ovechkin had more minutes in Game 4 than in Game 3, but not as much as you would expect.
Roenick agrees on giving Ovi more time on the ice
NBC Sports NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick agrees that Ovi should be getting more playing time during the playoffs.
Roenick on Caps win:'Huge sigh of relief in locker room'
NBC Sports NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick believes Wednesday night's win was a huge sigh of relief for the Caps and expects them to win the next 2.
Roenick:'They gave a team they should blow out...confidence'
NBC Sports NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick touched on why it has been such a tough matchup for the Caps and the Maple Leafs.
Jeremy Roenick on Caps must win game Wednesday against Leafs
NBC Sports NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick on how important the Caps win was Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs.
4.19.17 Rewind: Caps even up series behind Wilson, Oshie
Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie both scored twice to lead the Caps to the 5-4 win to tie their series with the Toronto Maple Leafs at two games apiece.
Tom Wilson just the latest unexpected hero of the playoffs
The NHL Playoffs are full of heroes you would next expect. Barry Trotz talks about Tom Wilson's performance in Game 4 and how he is becoming the latest unexpected hero of the postseason.
Are these the bravest Capitals fans to ever live?
During playoff games against the Capitals, Leafs fans have gathered around the team's arena. But Wednesday, three brave Caps supporters stood out in the sea of Toronto diehards.
How the Capitals held tough in that 5-on-3 situation
An in-depth analysis of that fantastic 5-on-3 penalty kill the Capitals executed in the third period of Game 4 against the Leafs.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
3 key observations: Wilson shows potential Caps always saw in him
The Caps made Tom Wilson a first-round draft pick. On Wednesday, he played like one.
Ted Leonsis reacts to Capitals win on phone at Wizards game
Ted Leonsis needed to keep tabs on his Capitals while the Wizards were wrapping up their Game 2 win against Atlanta.
Schmidt on Holtby: 'He's the best of the best'
Nate Schmidt gives his thoughts after Game 4 including Braden Holtby's performance against a two-man advantage and Tom Wilson's big night.
Wilson knew he would play well with good buddy Burakovsky
Tom Wilson found instant chemistry on the third line with Lars Eller and his good friend Andre Buarkovsky.
Brent Johnson still concerned about Caps' third-period play
The Capitals improved their play in Game 4, but the third period was less than stellar. Brent Johnson and Alan May break it down.
More of this please: Alan May pleased with Game 4 effort
Alan May was not pleased with what he saw from the Capitals and the coaching staff in Gamer 3. His tune was much different after Game 4.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Wilson's heroics tie the series at 2
Tom Wilson scored two goals and made the save of the series to lead the Caps to the 5-4 win in Toronto and a 2-2 series tie with the Maple Leafs.
Bogus call wipes out crucial Capitals goal vs. Leafs
Normally, when NHL referees call goalie interference, the goalie is interfered with. But that wasn't exactly the case in Wednesday's Game 4 between the Capitals and Leafs.
TJ Oshie revives Caps with clutch third-period goal
The Capitals struggled in the third period of game 4. They were grossly outshot, gave up a goal and had a goal disallowed. But TJ Oshie changed it all.
Did referees make the right call on washed out Caps goal?
The Capitals scored in the third period to go up 5-2, or did they? They referees called it back because of goalie interference. Were they wrong?
Wilson has what could be series-defining sequence
If the Capitals win their series against Toronto, a first period sequence in Game 4 by Tom Wilson will be the series-defining moment.
Tom Wilson notches second goal on perfect 2-on-1 rush
One goal apparently wasn't enough for Tom Wilson on Wednesday night, so he notched a second against the Maple Leafs in Game 4.
Wilson's heroic save leads to Caps goal at the other end
Tom Wilson made an incredible defensive play to save a goal, and Lars Eller finished the job at the other end to give the Capitals a huge 3-1 lead in the first period of Game 4.
Ovi's blast gives Caps quick 2-0 lead in Game 4
Alexander Ovechkin is making his mark on the NHL Playoffs, and gave the Capitals yet another fast start, putting the Caps up 2-0 in Game 4.
TJ Oshie gives Caps fast start in Game 4
TJ Oshie got on the board early in Game 4 as the Capitals took a 1-0 lead.
Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Not according to plan
JJ Regan, Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir talk about the first three games of the Caps-Leafs series and answer fan questions.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
3 bold predictions: Caps face must-win Game 4
The Caps are in a must-win situation as they look to tie their series with Toronto at 2.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks analyzes Capitals series
Wizards coach Scott Brooks knows the Capitals are down 2-1, but he still has faith in them.
Caps' Holtby OK after collision in practice
Braden Holtby went down hard in a collision in practice on Wednesday, but he seemed to be OK after shaking off the hit from Marcus Johansson. 
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Trotz changes Caps' forward lines ahead of Game Four
Tom Wilson moves up, while Brett Connolly moves down, as the Capitals are looking for more production. 
Braden Holtby goes down hard in collision at practice
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby went down to the ice after a getting hit in the head in a collision with Marcus Johansson.
Beninati fully expects Caps to come home with series tied
Caps play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati expects the Caps to make a comeback tonight against the Maple Leafs.
Beninati on Karl Alzner being ruled out
Caps Defenseman Karl Alzner has been ruled out for game 4 against the Maple Leafs and Joe Beninati feels he must be dealing with something significant to be out.
Beninati feels Ovi's minutes will 'ramp up'
Caps play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati sees Ovi's minutes on the ice increasing during Game 4 against the Maple Leafs.
Joe Beninati on Barry Trotz's coaching during the playoffs
Caps play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati on Barry Trotz's coaching choices throughout their series against the Maple Leafs.
Beninati: 'I think the Caps will play appropriately
Caps play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati on the Caps crucial Game 4 against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Caps at Maple Leafs Game 4 how to watch, open thread
The Caps face a must-win Game 4 on Wednesday in Toronto. Watch all the coverage live on CSN or on CSN's live stream page.
Jenks' message to the Caps: 'It's time you believed it'
With all those doubting them, Michael Jenkins sends a message to the Capitals as they trail 2-1 in their series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
John Carlson USAT
What do Caps need to do differently to get back on track?
It seemed the Capitals did everything they needed to do in order to beat the Maple Leafs in Game 3 but still lost. Alan May explains what they must do now to get back on track in the series.
Would early Caps exit be among biggest failures ever in NHL?
Alan May believes that if the Capitals are knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Toronto Maple Leafs, it would be one of the biggest failures in NHL history.
John Feinstein
Feinstein: Trotz outcoached? Ovi ice time? Panic button?
John Feinstein weighs in on all things Capitals with Chick Hernandez following the team's Game 3 loss to Toronto to fall behind 2-1 in the first-round series.
Alex Ovechkin
Trotz: It's 'on me' to get Ovi more playing time
Alex Ovechkin received 15:08 of ice time on Monday—his second-lowest postseason total ever.
El-Bashir and Walton: What needs to change for Caps?
After a disappointing result in Game 3, the Capitals find themselves down two games to one. What needs to change in Game 4? Tarik El-Bashir and John Walton break it down.
Alex Ovechkin talking to Barry Trotz and the bench during a stoppage of play
Trotz takes responsibility Ovechkin's lack of minutes
Alex Ovechkin was limited to 15 minutes of ice time in the Capitals 4-3 OT loss on Monday night. Head coach Barry Trotz says that it is all on him.
Caps' Alzner to miss Game 4
Capitals' Karl Alzner will miss a second straight playoff game against the Toronto Maple Leafs due to upper body injury.
Mental toughness is tested for the Caps this series
After the Washington Capitals have fallen behind 2-1 in the series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, head coach Barry Trotz says that mental toughness will get the Caps through this series.
Caps just a small part of chaotic Monday
Capitals fans are freaking out after another overtime loss. But fear, not. You have company. A lot of company.
Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle
Prediction recap: What happened after the first five minutes?
The Caps got out to the start they needed, but could not sustain it and now trail Toronto in the series 2-1.
Alan May thinks top 6 need to be the heroes of the series
CSN Caps analyst Alan May feels the Caps need to get their top 6 out on the ice and let them win the series.
Alan May feels the Caps aren't making necessary adjustments
CSN Caps analyst Alan May feels the Caps needs to mimic what the Maple Leafs are doing and get the puck out of the zone as quickly as possible.
Alan May: 'Babcock is running the Capitals show right now'
CSN Caps analyst Alan May joined the Junkies Tuesday after their 4-3 loss against the Maple Leafs to talk adjustments the Caps need to make if they want to win this series.
4.17.17 Rewind: Caps foiled in overtime yet again
The Caps could not defend a 2-0 or 3-1 lead as they fell in overtime to Toronto for the second straight game.
Alex Ovechkin dives for the puck in Game 2
One stat that hints at D.C.'s playoffs struggles
Many D.C. fans dread being a part of the playoffs and anticipate heartbreak when they begin. Here's one stat that won't comfort those fans at all.
Carlson on OT loss: 'Still have time to create own Future'
The Capitals lost in Game 3 overtime, but John Carlson knows that there is still time to get it right.
Barry Trotz: 'It's not coming easy right now'
The Caps are having a tough go right now, but Barry Trotz knows the series isn't over.
Niskanen frustrated with missed opportunity on 5-on-3
After a tough overtime loss in Game 3, Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen explains why he felt the 5-on-3 possession in which the Capitals did not score changed the game in the wrong direction.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
3 key observations: After good start, Leafs dominate Caps
In what was supposed to be a lopsided series, the Caps find themselves in a 2-1 series deficit after Monday's Game 3 loss.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin: 'It's not over yet'
The Caps lost a frustrating Game 3 and now trail the Maple Leafs in the series 2-1. Alex Ovechkin, however, is not ready to throw in the towel.
Braden Holtby: 'That's a frustrating one'
Braden Holtby knows the Caps let one get away from them on Monday given how they started.
Leafs take advantage of late penalty to take series lead
The Caps jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but saw it evaporate as Toronto tied the game at 3. A late penalty put the Leafs on the power play at the start of overtime and they made the Caps pay.
Capitals struggled in Game 3 because they didn't adapt
The Maple Leafs adapted in Game 3. The Capitals didn't. Allow CSN analyst Alan May to explain.
WATCH: Holtby leaves cage to make miraculous save
Midway through the second period and with a Maple Leaf on a breakaway, Braden Holtby had to decide whether to stay put or charge. He chose correctly.
Holtby saves the day with crazy, diving stop
Braden Holtby left the comfort zone of his crease to make an incredible sprawling save to deny a breakaway attempt.
Caps and Leafs mix it up in Game 3, hands thrown
The Maple Leafs tried mixing it up with the Capitals after Washington took a 3-1 lead in Game 3. The gloves and helmets didn't stand a chance.
Kuznetsov cleans up in front to extend Caps' lead
Evgeni Kuznetsov was in the right place at the right time and was able to put the Capitals out in front by 2 goals in Game 3.
Chaos ensues as Toronto cuts into Caps' lead
The Capitals took a quick 2-0 lead, but the fans in Toronto rallied their team, and it helped.
Alex Ovechkin steps up to give Caps 2-0 lead
Alex Ovechkin isn't shying away from the playoffs, and stepped up in Game 3 to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead early against the Maple Leafs.
Nate Schmidt makes early impact, Caps take 1-0 lead
Late replacement Nate Schmidt made an impact early, putting a puck on net that Nick Backstrom was able to finish for the 1-0 lead.
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner
Alzner iron man ends with Game 3 in Toronto
Karl Alzner's iron man streak will come to an end on Monday just one game short of No. 600.
Washington Capitals fans cheer their team
Toronto or Washington: Better playoff atmosphere?
The Air Canada Centre is going to be loud for Game 3 between the Capitals and Maple Leafs. But it is a better atmosphere than Verizon Center?
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
3 bold predictions: How will Caps respond in pivotal Game 3?
After a surprising split in Washington, the series now heads to Toronto for an all-important Game 3 between the Caps and Maple Leafs (7 p.m., CSN).
Capitals-Leafs Game 5 time announced
There will be a Game 5 of the Capitals-Maple Leafs series and we now know when it will take place. 
Why Barry Trotz isn't surprised Caps are 1-1 with Leafs
Find out what Caps coach Barry Trotz said when he was asked Monday before Game 3 if he's surprised his team is having such a hard time putting the Maple Leafs away.
Ovechkin: Caps know they can play better
Hours before Game 3 of the first Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Caps and Maple Leafs, Alex Ovechkin talked about what the Caps need to do to win in Toronto.
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner
Alzner a game-time decision for Game 3
Karl Alzner is a game-time decision after taking a maintenance day at morning skate. Could Nate Schmidt be in the lineup for Game 3?
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev
Maple Leafs get key defenseman back for Game 3
The Maple Leafs will welcome back a key part of their blue line Monday night against the Caps.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Barry Trotz declares 'it's on' with Toronto
As the series shifts to Toronto, Barry Trotz says the feeling-out process is over. Now it's on.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Playoff Power Rankings: Too soon to panic
Toronto may be giving the Caps all they can handle, but that doesn't mean their Stanley Cup hopes are dashed.
El-Bashir on intensity of Hockey playoffs
Caps insider Tarik El-Bashir on how intense playoff Hockey is compared to regular season.
El-Bashir on what Caps need to do to beat Maple Leafs
Caps insider Tarik El-Bashir joined the Junkies Monday to talk Caps vs Maple Leafs and what they need to do to win game 3.
El-Bashir: 'Leafs at some point are going to get worn down'
After two OT games against the Leafs, Caps insider Tarik El-Bashir believes the Leafs will eventually get worn down.
Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz
Trotz says he may 'tweak' Caps lineup for Game 3
The Capitals' lineup has remained pretty consistent since late December. Is that about to change?
Slow starts haunt Caps as series shifts to Toronto
The Capitals got off to slow starts in their first two games against the Maple Leafs. They have to turn things around as the series shifts to Toronto.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Caps at Maple Leafs Game 3 how to watch, open thread
The Caps and Maple Leafs split Games 1 and 2 and now meet again in an all-important Game 3 in Toronto. Watch all the coverage live on CSN.
'Dart man' captivates the internet
A fan caught on the Caps-Maple Leafs broadcast immediately became an internet fan-favorite. 
Icing call costs Caps
The difference in yesterday's game was the critical icing call in the second OT period that gave Toronto the 4-3 win.
Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
Prediction recap: Better start for Caps, worse finish
The Caps knew they needed to get off to a better start in Game 2. They did that, but they couldn't finish.
4.15.17 Rewind: Toronto takes Game 2 in overtime
The Caps tied the game at 3 in the third period, but fell in double overtime to the Maple Leafs.
Roman Polak
Leafs lose key defenseman for the rest of the playoffs
Toronto Coach Mike Babcock says he didn't have a problem with the hit.
The Toronto Maple Leafs
3 key takeaways from Game 2: Time to focus on if, not when
If you weren't taking Toronto seriously before Game 2, you should now.
Williams: 'Heroes are different every night' in playoffs
After the Capitals' Game 2 loss, Justin Williams said depth is critical in the playoffs, with 4th line players proving to be the difference in the OT results of the first two games against Toronto.
'Business-like' mood in Caps locker room after loss
Tarik El-Bashir talks about the mood in the Caps locker room as the team prepares to travel to Toronto for Game 3.
Alex Ovechkin reacts to double OT loss to Toronto
How are the Caps are planning on moving forward after their double overtime playoff loss to the Maple Leafs? Alex Ovechkin says they're taking the series game by game.
Toronto shocks Caps in OT to even series
Toronto gave the Caps all they could handle in the first two games in Washington and earned a 1-1 series split thanks to a Kasperi Kapanen double-OT goal.
Kasperi Kapanen scores in double OT to even series vs. Caps
Kasperi Kapanen scored in the second overtime of Game 2 to even the series with the Capitals, 1-1.
Holtby called for slashing in overtime, Ovi serves penalty
Caps goaltender Braden Holtby, normally as cool-headed as they come, was called for slashing in overtime of Game 2 against the Maple Leafs. Alex Ovechkin served the penalty.
Backstrom scores back-door goal to even score in 3rd
Nicklas Backstrom came through when the Capitals needed him most: trailing 3-2 in the 3rd period of Game 2 against the Maple Leafs.
Orpik levels Polak with crushing hit
Maple Leafs blue liner Roman Polak stayed down after a crushing hit by Brooks Orpik in the second period.
Penalties the early story of Caps-Leafs Game 2
The Capitals and Maple Leafs combined for six penalties in the first period of Game 2. 
Carlson winds up for slap shot goal in second period
John Carlson buried the puck in Toronto's net to give the Caps a 2-1 lead. Just check out that wind-up.
Fight breaks out after Holtby's sprawling save in second
Braden Holtby made a "snow angel" save to deny the Maple Leafs a goal in the second period. The Caps didn't take kindly to the contact in front of the net, setting off an old-fashioned fight in Game 2.
Oshie sets up pretty wrister goal by Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin evened the score at 1-1 in the second period of Game 2 against the Maple Leafs. It was T.J. Oshie that set up Ovi's pretty wrister.
Caps fan has a Jay Beagle sport coat jersey
You've probably owned a jersey, but have you ever owned a sport coat jersey? Probably not.
Say 'No' to Caps-Leafs split jerseys
A reminder to sports fans everywhere: Split jerseys are never OK.
Caps fan PFT Commenter gives elite interview pre-Game 2
PFT Commenter stopped by with JP Finlay at Verizon Center before the Caps were set to face the Maple Leafs in Game 2.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
3 bold predictions: Caps look for stronger start to Game 2
The Leafs put a scare in the Caps in Game 1, but Washington escapted with the win. What does Game 2 (7 p.m., CSN) have in store?
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Radio announcer can't believe Wilson 'of all people' is OT hero
Tom Wilson was the unlikely hero of Game 1. Just how unlikely was he? Check out the radio call of his goal from Toronto's broadcast.
Fourth liners aren't used to chemistry, but Caps have it
Normally, players weave in and out of the fourth line, but the Capitals have largely kept theirs in tact all season and have a chemistry others have lacked
Caps don't buy into Leafs being underdogs
The Toronto Maple Leafs seem to have taken a lot of confidence from their Game 1 loss to Washington. At least, that’s what they are saying.
Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie
Trotz wants more from the Capitals' top line
Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie combined for five shots—and one point—in Game 1.
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner
Alzner confirms he is OK after morning skate issue
Karl Alzner set Twitter ablaze as he missed part of Saturday's morning skate.
Trash talk: Which sport talks the best trash?
After Chase Hughes' article, which sport talks the best trash?
Tom Wilson responds to Mike Babcock's trash talk
After his game-winning goal, Tom Wilson responds to Mike Babcock's trash talk.
A day after a Game 1 victory, Caps players reassess the win
Washington Capitals players react to their Game 1 win over the Leafs to take a 1-0 series lead
Caps learned the hard way that Leafs can't be overlooked
The Washington Capitals may be the President's Trophy winners, but that doesn't mean they can overlook any competition.
Tom Wilson
Wilson continues to convert Leafs supporters into Caps fans
Barry Trotz mentioned Caps' playoff star John Druce when asked about Tom Wilson's overtime winner.
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray
Penguins' starting goalie to miss second straight game
The Penguins may be dealing with yet another serious injury to their lineup.
Caps vs. Maple Leafs Game 2 how to watch
Leading the series 1-0, the Caps have forced the Leafs into overtime again in Game 2. Watch all the coverage on CSN.
Canadian flag at the Air Canada Centre
Canadian politician gives speech for Leafs in House of Commons
Regardless of how much you may love hockey, there is no denying that they take it a bit more seriously in Canada.
Barry Trotz compares series with Toronto to tennis match
Eying that this will be a back-and-forth series, Barry Trotz compares the Capitals first round matchup as a tennis match.
Capitals vs. Maple Leafs 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Bad Game 1 may be good for Caps
Down 2-0 in the first period of the playoffs may be exactly the wake up call the Capitals needed according to Barry Trotz.
Washington Capitals forward Justin Williams
Prediction recap: Caps rally after slow start
After an abysmal start, the Caps got it together and rallied for a thrilling 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 on Thursday.
Laughlin feels Caps have an advantage in Maple Leafs matchup
Caps color analyst Craig Laughlin joined the Junkies Friday morning to discuss the playoff matchup between the Caps and the Maple Leafs and feels that the Caps still have the advantage over the Maple Leafs.