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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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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Holtby critical of his performance Saturday night
Caps Coach Barry Trotz says he hasn't thought about his Game 3 starter in net despite Braden Holtby's struggles.
Washington Capitals fans
3 observations: Missed opportunity leads to tough questions
A devastating Game 2 loss has the Caps facing a massive 2-0 hole in the series and facing a lot of tough questions for Game 3.
Trotz: Caps need to look ahead after falling behind 2-0
Barry Trotz says the Capitals have to put their 2-0 series deficit to the Penguins behind them following their 6-2 Game 2 loss Saturday night.
Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby: 'The focus on Game 3 is our only goal'
Braden Holtby, who was pulled midgame, already is looking ahead to Game 3 after the Capitals' 6-2 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.
Tarik and Jill
What was Caps' mood like in locker room after Game 2 loss?
Tarik El-Bashir and Jill Sorenson discuss the mood in the Capitals' locker room following their 6-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 2 on Saturday night.
T.J. Oshie
Oshie on closed meeting: It was things people needed to hear
T.J. Oshie offers some insight into the players-only meeting the Capitals held after their 6-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 2 on Saturday night.
Why do Caps seem to go away from what makes them successful?
Alan May and Brent Johnson try to make sense of why the Capitals seem to go away from their strengths at crucial times after their Game 2 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.
Penguins fans take over near Verizon Center
The Penguins may have taken a 2-0 series lead, but they aren't leaving town quietly.
Brooks Orpik
Orpik on team's message after Game 2 loss to Pens
Brooks Orpik talks about what the Capitals' message was in their players-only meeting following their 6-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 2 on Saturday night.
Braden Holtby
What's your confidence level down 0-2 to the Penguins?
Alan May and Brent Johnson explain their confidence level in the Capitals after they fell behind 2-0 in their series against the Penguins on Saturday night.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel
Hot start turns into disastrous finish as Caps fall 6-2
The Caps played well to start, but the Penguins emphatically dominated after the first period scoring 6 goals in the final 40 minutes of the game in a 6-2 Game 2 win.
Ron Hainsey's ear splits after taking puck to face
Penguins' Ron Hainsey attempted to block a Capitals' power play shot and took a puck to the side of the head.
Goal or no goal? Referees overturn Penguins no-goal
Did Evgeni Malkin give the Penguins a 5-2 lead? After his goal was waived off, the Penguins challenged the call.
Ovechkin, Backstrom team up to chip away at Penguins' lead
The Caps found themselves down 4-1 in the third period of Game 2. That's when the team's two best players decided to make a difference.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Holtby benched in Game 2 after rough start
Braden Holtby wasn't on the ice for the third period of Game 2. Barry Trotz had seen enough and benched him for Philipp Grubauer.
Tom Wilson banged up on dangerous hit from behind
Tom Wilson had to head to the bench after taking a dangerous hit from the Penguins in the second period of Game 2.
Niskanen evens Game 2 against old team with response goal
After giving up an early second-period goal, the Capitals responded on the power play. Former Penguin Matt Niskanen got a beautiful pass from Alex Ovechkin and finished the job.
Caps pressure Pens, chaos breaks out in Game 2
The Capitals had a ton of chances, including a shot that rang off the post. Braden Holtby also came up huge and defenders dropped the hammer.
Game 2 is simple: Caps have to be the better team
Jill Sorenson preview Game 2 between the Capitals and Penguins. The game plan is clear. The Capitals must be the better team on the ice.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
3 bold predictions: Can the Caps even up the series?
The Caps face a crucial Game 2 (8 p.m., NBCSN) as they look to avoid a 2-0 deficit to the Penguins.
Paul Carey
Trotz tweaks Caps' lineup ahead of Game 2
Paul Carey will skate in his first NHL playoff game in three years for the Capitals on Saturday night.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Caps won’t call Game 2 a must-win, but they know it is
The season isn't over if the Caps lose Game 2, but that doesn't mean it's not a critical one for them.
Trotz talks Kuznetsov growing into top player role
Barry Trotz and Justin Williams talk Evgeny Kuznetsov being a difference maker as Capitals fight back against the Penguins, their playoffs demon.
Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov
Capitals vs. Penguins Game 2 how to watch
The Caps look to avoid a 2-0 series deficit against Pittsburgh in a critical Game 2. Watch it on NBCSN or stream it live.
Despite a Game 1 loss to the Pens, the Caps remain confident
Losing 3-2 in Game 1, the Capitals did not lose confidence in their game play and will not let one game change that going forward. Tarik El-Bashir on the report.
Trotz explains why this year's Caps team is different
“We're in a different place,” head coach Barry Trotz said after Friday’s practice when comparing this team to last year’s.
Trotz wants Capitals to focus on attention to detail
Following the Capitals' game one loss to the Penguins, head coach Barry Trotz want the team to focus on their attention to detail in Game 2.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Holtby's history suggests he'll bounce back in Game 2
Braden Holtby wasn't happy with his performance Thursday against the Penguins and that's good news for Game 2.
Laughlin recaps Game 1 of Caps vs. Pens
Caps color analyst and announcer Craig Laughlin recapped the tight race that was Game 1 of Caps vs. Pens
Kevin Shattenkirk and Nick Bonino
Caps-Penguins rivalry tests Shattenkirk-Bonino friendship
New to the Caps-Penguins rivalry, there's another rivalry with deeper roots for Kevin Shattenkirk this series.
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Caps not pleased with officiating in Game 1
They did not want to talk about it, but it was clear after Game 1 that the Caps were not pleased about how Game 1 was officiated.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby
Prediction recap: Sidney Crosby ruins everything
Sidney Crosby was held to two assists in last year's series making Game 1's two-goal outburst a bit of a shock.
Game 1 reaction: Nick Backstrom dissects the close loss
The Capitals knew Game 1 was there for the taking. Nick Backstrom spoke to reporters after the close loss to the Penguins on what adjustments they need to make.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby
3 key observations: Pittsburgh capitalizes
The Penguins took advantage of the Caps' mistakes in Game 1. Washington didn't and that proved to be the difference.
Jill Sorenson has a message for the pessimistic Caps fans
CSN's Jill Sorenson debunks the pessimism from Capitals fans after their Game 1 loss.
Caps' locker room 'somber' after Game 1 loss
CSN Insider Tarik El-Bashir talked about the mood inside the Capitals locker room after their Game 1 loss.
Braden Holtby discusses the Caps' Game 1 loss
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby talked to the media after the Capitals 3-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 1.
Kuznetsov evens the score at 2 in the third period
Kuznetsov evened the score at 2 with a quick one-timer midway through the third period.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby
Crosby scores twice to down Caps in Game 1
Sidney Crosby scored twice to put the Caps in a 2-0 hole. They would battle back, but a late goal from Nick Bonino handed Washington the 3-2 Game 1 loss.
Fight erupts at end of second period of Caps-Penguins
At the end of the 2nd period, Caps and Penguins players got into a bit of a shoving match behind the goal.
Ovechkin cuts deficit to one with late period goal
Alex Ovechkin put the Caps on the board late in the 2nd period, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
David Letterman shows up at Game 1 of Caps-Penguins
TV legend David Letterman was shown on the jumbrotron during the first period of Game 1. 
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson
Carlson on Penguins: "We're ready to go. We're excited"
Tarik El-Bashir caught up with Caps defenseman John Carlson ahead of Game 1 on Thursday night.
What stands out the most about this Caps team?
CSNMA Caps Insider Tarik El-Bashir listed what he thought were the biggest things that stand out with this year's Caps team.
Fatima Al Ali drops the puck for Henrik Zetterberg and Alex Ovechkin
Caps' biggest UAE fan back in DC for playoffs
Fatima Al Ali got her first taste of NHL hockey in February. Now she's coming back for the playoffs.
The Pittsburgh Penguins
Former speechwriter laments congratulatory speech for Penguins
The hardest task Stephen Krupin had to do as a speechwriter for former president Barak Obama? Congratulating the Penguins.
Q&A: Getting ready for Caps-Penguins
Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan preview the Caps-Penguins series and talk about possible line matchups and why this year could be different.
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
3 bold predictions: Here we go again
The Caps and Penguins renew their postseason rivalry on Thursday (7:30 p.m., NBCSN).
Holtby and Hornqvist
Holtby jokes he'd play like Hornqvist if he were a forward
Braden Holtby says he respects the Penguins' net front forward, who plays hard but clean.
Capitals vs. Penguins Game 1: Get hyped
It's Capitals and it's Penguins.Get hyped for Game 1 of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs second round.
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner
Alzner is not yet ready as Caps prepare for Penguins
Big minute blueliner will miss his fifth consecutive game Thursday.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Caps get the rematch they were hoping for
The best way to get over last year's second round loss? By eliminating the Penguins in the second-round rematch this year.
Junkies debate Barry Melrose flipping pick from Caps to Pens
Hockey analyst Barry Melrose had picked the Caps to win the Stanley Cup all year, but flipped his pick to the Penguins after watching the first round of the NHL playoffs.
Ovechkin vs Crosby: a look at the NHL's fiercest rivalry
CSN's Julie Donaldson and Brian Mitchell discuss the Alex Ovechkin vs Sidney Crosby rivalry, which will play out in the Capitals vs Penguins playoff series
Washington Capitals forward Lars Eller
Why Eller may be the key to beating the Penguins
The Caps acquired Lars Eller in response to last year's loss to Pittsburgh. Now they get to find out if he was the addition they needed.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist
Trotz calls Hornqvist a guy who 'conveniently will fall on your goalie'
Last year it was the guys not named Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin who won the series for Pittsburgh. Guys like Patric Hornqvist.
Key matchup: Penguins' power play vs. Caps' penalty kill
The Penguins' power play scored in four of their five first round games.
Tom Wilson vividly remembers the pain of losing last year
Capitals right wing Tom Wilson remembers last year's crushing loss to the Penguins and is ready for a different outcome this year.
The Caps are hungry to knock out the Pittsburgh Penguins
After struggling against the Penguins in the Playoffs the last few years, Andre Burakovsky and the Capitals are hungry for revenge against Pittsburgh.
How does MoJo think this year's Capitals team is different?
Marcus Johansson gives his thoughts on how this year's version of the Capitals is different than in years past.
Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
3 reasons to be optimistic Caps will get past the Penguins
Sure the Caps lost to the Penguins last year, but here are 3 reasons why things will be different in 2017.
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky
3 reasons to worry about the Penguins
The Caps are taking on the defending champs so there's plenty of reason to be nervous about their upcoming series.
Alzner: "It's the biggest series I've ever played"
Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner says the upcoming series against the Pittsburgh Penguins is the biggest series that he's ever played in.
Michael Jenkins
World Penguin Day? Jenks has none of it
On Tuesday, people around the world celebrated World Penguin Day. But with the Pens coming to town to play the Capitals, Michael Jenkins let us know how he really feels about the animal and team.
Alex Ovechkin
Ovi isn't looking back at last year's series vs. Penguins
Alex Ovechkin says he has last year's postseason exit against the Penguins in the past as he looks toward the start of their latest meeting Thursday.
Brian Mitchell
B-Mitch: This Caps team 'seems ready to get over the hump'
That's not to say they necessarily will, but Brian Mitchell says he sees a Capitals team who looks like they could finally take the next step in the postseason.
Barry Trotz
Trotz sees Caps growth this postseason compared to last year
Ahead of their second-round series against the Penguins, Barry Trotz says he see a different Capitals team this postseason compared to the one that was knocked out by them last year.
Johansson on Game 6 goal, preparing for playoffs
Capitals center Marcus Johansson joined Rob Carlin and Alan May at Capitals practice to talk about his heroic Game 6 goal and what the team is doing to prepare for the Penguins.
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner
Alzner's status for second round remains unclear
What will Barry Trotz do with Karl Alzner when he is ready to return to the lineup?
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Trotz reveals why Ovechkin missed the second half of practice
Alex Ovechkin was not on the ice for the second half of practice on Tuesday because he was missing the one piece of equipment you would expect every hockey player to have extras of.
Capitals vs. Penguins preview: 5 players to watch
We know about Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, but here are five other players to watch who could determine the series.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Barry Trotz updates status of Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson exited practice early on Tuesday, but Barry Trotz is not concerned with his status for Game 1. 
Tom Wilson takes puck off of foot during Caps practice
In the Washington Capitals first practice preparing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, first round star, Tom Wilson took a puck off of his foot.
Joe Beninati explains his confidence level for the Capitals
Washington Capitals play-by-play announcer, Joe Beninati, has a high confidence level for the team heading into their series with Pittsburgh.
Alex Ovechkin
Capitals vs. Penguins Predictions: CSN analysts weigh in
CSN's Taarik El-Bashir, Alan May and Rob Carlin analyze the second-round playoff series between the Penguins and Capitals. Who dare they picking to win the series?
Nate Schmidt
Rapid fire questions for Capital Nate Schmidt
At the Capitals practice, Nate Schmidt answers a handful of rapid fire questions to help you better connect with the Caps defensemen.
Nate Schmidt discovers he is on FB Live during interview
Washington Capitals defenseman, Nate Schmidt has a priceless reaction when Rob Carlin tells him his interview is on Facebook Live.
Wilson and Ovechkin exit Capitals practice to deal with issues
It was a busy day at practice for the Capitals as several players left the ice to heal and tend to a variety of issues.
Capitals Faceoff Podcast: From Toronto to Pittsburgh
JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir talk about the Caps' series win over Toronto and preview their upcoming series with the Penguins.
Capitals vs. Penguins Game 1 How to Watch
Once of the best Eastern Conference rivalries sqaure off again as its the Capitals and the Penguins. Stream Game 1 on NBCSN.
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.
The Washington Capitals
3 key observations: Caps save their best for last
The Caps were at their best when it mattered most in Game 6.
Alex Ovechkin shakes hands with Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews after eliminating the Maple Leafs
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.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
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 series-winning goal for the Capitals on Sunday in Game 6, beating Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen on a nifty shot in overtime. Hero status activated.
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 Wyshynski 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 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.