The Hershey Bears exacted some measure of revenge for the Capitals on Sunday night as they eliminated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday with a Game 7 win in the AHL playoffs. Caps prospect Travis Boyd netted the game-winner in overtime.
Boyd took a pass behind the net and skated out to the right. With no pressure from the Penguins' defense, he ripped a shot to the opposite corner of the net for the series-clinching goal. Liam O'Brien and Madison Bowey picked up assists on the play. It was Boyd's second goal of the playoffs and Bowey's fourth assist. Justin Peters also turned aside 32 of 34 shots faced.
The Bears survived despite being without top defenseman Ryan Stanton for 10 minutes as he was issued a misconduct penalty in the third period.
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Through two rounds of the playoffs, Jakub Vrana and Carter Camper lead the Bears with nine points.
The Bears now advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the winner of Albany-Toronto. That series will be decided in a Game 7 on Monday.
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.
The Hart Trophy is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to their team. With the Caps currently struggling in almost every aspect of the game, consider this: Just where would they be without Alex Ovechkin?
Washington ranks 10th in the NHL in goals per game with 3.05. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 36. He has scored an incredible 19-percent of his team's goals. No one on the Caps is within 20 goals of the Caps' captain.
That's not a typo. Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks second on the team with 16 goals. No other team in the league has a larger separation between its top two scorers. In fact, only three teams have a difference that's in the double digits: Vancouver (11), San Jose (10) and New Jersey (10).
Ovechkin is almost singlehandedly propping up Washington as a top-ten offense. If you think about just where this offense would be without him, there's a pretty strong case to be made that Ovechkin is as valuable to his team this season as any other player in the league.
Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:
In contention for: Norris
Carlson is fifth among all defensemen with 45 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With a blue line that has featured two rookies the majority of the season, an aging veteran in Brooks Orpik and that had to deal with an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.
In contention for: Hart
Few players, if any, are as important to their team's offensive production and therefore its success than Ovechkin has been this season.