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Glencross accepts responsibility for game-ending mistake

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Glencross accepts responsibility for game-ending mistake

NEW YORK - Curtis Glencross stood in front of the cameras and voice recorders, beads of sweat rolling down his forehead, quietly dissecting one of the most emotional games of his nine-year NHL career.

After scoring arguably the biggest goal of his life to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead midway through the third period, Glencross committed the neutral zone turnover that resulted in the Ryan McDonagh’s game-winning goal 9:37 into overtime, lifting the New York Rangers to a death-defying 2-1 win over the Caps at Madison Square Garden.

“It’s disappointing, obviously,” he said. “They picked off a hard pass across the ice out of the air and came back and unfortunately they put it in the back of the net.”

Glencross said his pass was intended for center Brooks Laich, who was streaking down the right wing.

“Brooksie was all alone wide,” Glencross said. “If I make a pass like that he’s gone in [alone] pretty much.”

Instead, Jesper Fast picked off the pass, carried the puck into the offensive zone and fed a cross-ice pass to Derek Stepan. With everyone in the building screaming for Stepan to shoot, he calmly handed the puck back to defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who stppd into a shot from the high slot.

“It looked like [Stepan] was going to shoot it,” Holtby said. “I saw that he dropped it back and I don’t know where it went. I heard it hit a stick and that was it.”

While the Rangers celebrated their good fortune, the Caps were left to wonder how they allowed victory to slip between their gloved fingers.

The Caps were 1:41 from clinching their first berth in the Eastern Conference Finals in 17 years when Chris Kreider pounded a one-timer that appeared to tick off caps defenseman Brooks Orpik and past a screened Holtby.

“I just didn’t see it,” Holtby said. “I don’t know if it got deflected or not. It just went through.”

Earlier in the third period, with 9:06 remaining, Glencross was sprung loose on a clean breakaway off a stretch pass from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen.

“Willie [Tom Wilson] made a great play coming back and sacrificing himself [to steal the puck from Kevin Klein] and Nisky hit me,” Glencross said. “I was kind of surprised I had a breakaway [Henrik Lundqvist] made a good first save. I stopped at the net and I had a chance to get the rebound. It’s too bad it wasn’t enough to hold up.”

Now, the series will shift back to Verizon Center for Game 6, where another game will provide another hero.

“That’s hockey,” Glencross said. “We didn’t seal it up and when it goes to overtime it’s a game of mistakes and they got one.

“We’ll be good next game and we want to finish it off in six. We’ll have short-term memory, come back on Sunday and take the series.”

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Sabres will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Sabres game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals (34-20-7) take on the Sabres (18-32-11) Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Capital One Arena.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME ON?

The Capitals-Sabres game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Sabres
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Sabres game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Defensemen
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Michal Kempny - Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-SABRES GAME?

The Capitals-Panthers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

CAPITALS-SABRES OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.