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Ducks erupt for five goals to stun Caps

Ducks erupt for five goals to stun Caps

The Capitals went into Anaheim looking for an easy win against the lowly Ducks. Instead, Washington was laid low in a 5-2 loss Sunday by a team that had lost eight of its previous nine games. 

Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th goal of the season to give the Caps a 1-0 lead, but Anaheim outplayed Washington for most of the night in what was a dominant performance. A Ducks offense that had only managed five total goals in their last six games erupted for five against Braden Holtby. This was the first time since Dec. 12 that Anaheim scored five or more goals.

Here are four reasons the Caps lost.

Two breakaway saves

The Caps had a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period and looked like they were going to extend that with an early breakaway from Alex Ovechkin in the second period. Goalie Ryan Miller was there to make the nice toe save, however, to deny Ovechkin. Just a few minutes later it was Nicklas Backstrom who was in alone and tried to beat Miller 5-hole, but Miller squeezed the pads to deny him.

Instead of taking a 2-0 or 3-0 lead, the Caps walked away with no goals on either breakaway. Not long after, Adam Henrique tied the game as he deflected in a shot from Brandon Montour.

You have to take advantage of your opportunities, Washington didn’t and allowed the Ducks to come back. If the Caps take a 2-0 lead, this is a completely different game.

The worst defensive breakdown you will ever see

Jakob Silfverberg put Anaheim up 2-1 with one of the easiest goals he is going to score in his career. With the puck in the Caps’ defensive zone, Hampus Lindholm won the puck on a board battle and passed to Silfverberg who was in front of Holtby. There were no other Caps within the city limits near Silfverberg, he was literally in front of Holtby all by himself.

One player was late to the play off a line change, Alex Ovechkin was near the blue line looking for the breakout while three players, including both defensemen John Carlson and Michal Kempny, were on the boards fighting for the puck. Literally, no one was covering the front of the net.

Silfverberg took the puck and surprisingly passed it back out to a trailing Henrique. Henrique still got to the puck before any Caps and both he and Silfverberg were behind the defense. Henrique began drifting to Holtby’s right, then passed to Silfverberg on Holtby’s left for the slam dunk.

A mad scramble at the start of the third

Despite the horrendous defensive breakdown, John Carlson responded about three minutes later to tie the game before the end of the period. With the score tied at 2, both teams had a chance to take control heading into the third. Anaheim took advantage, Washington did not.

Henrique scored his second goal of the night just 37 seconds into the game off a mad scramble in front of the net. The puck sat right in front of Holtby, but the Caps could not clear it. Holtby did what he could to keep it out, but tried to reach to freeze the puck and that’s when Henrique tapped it underneath him.


Yeah, so these are still a problem. Washington was called for four straight minor penalties in this game. To make matters worse, an Anaheim power play that ranked 29th in the NHL scored on two of their four power play opportunities, both in the third period. Henrique’s game-winner and Corey Perry’s insurance goal put Anaheim up 4-2.


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NHL Playoffs 2019: Capitals at Hurricanes Game 6 How to watch, streaming, TV channel, time

NHL Playoffs 2019: Capitals at Hurricanes Game 6 How to watch, streaming, TV channel, time

After capturing a dominant 6-0 victory over Carolina in a crucial Game 5 Saturday, the Washington Capitals seem to be getting back on track after dropping Games 3 and 4.

Washington now holds a 3-2 series lead and the chance to eliminate the Hurricanes in Game 6 on Monday. However, it'll be difficult to manage as they head back to PNC Arena, where they have yet to capture a victory this postseason.

Here's everything you need to know about Game 6. The puck drops at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

Capitals at Hurricanes Game 6 How to Watch:

What: 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Eastern Conference First Round. Game 6: Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Monday, April 22, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
How To WatchStream pregame and postgame coverage Game 6 of Capitals vs. Hurricanes on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app or tune into NBC Sports Washington.
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)

Don't already have the MyTeams By NBC Sports App? Click to download here and stream the Capitals-Hurricanes live!

Capitals at Hurricanes Game 6 TV Schedule:

NBC Sports Washington Daily TV Listing

NBC Sports Washington TV Schedule:

6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Capitals vs. Hurricanes
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

Capitals at Hurricanes Game 6 Injury Report:

Capitals: Michal Kempny (torn hamstring, out for season), T.J. Oshie (broken clavicle, out)

Hurricanes: Micheal Ferland (upper-body, out), Jordan Martinook (upper-body, out)

Capitals at Hurricanes Game 6 Players to watch: 

Nicklas Backstrom, F, Capitals (5 G, 3 A, 8 P)

With a four-point night Saturday, Backstrom has proven to be an absolute force and hero in this series. He has five goals in five games against Carolina in this round and is expected to be even better with the stakes raised higher Monday.

Jaccob Slavin, D, Hurricanes (0 G, 5 A, 5 P)

The Hurricanes have their backs against the wall, and Slavin is someone who has to step up. He not only is one of their top blueliners, but he has been able to generate scoring chances with five assists in his last four games. Look out for him Monday.


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NHL Playoffs 2019 Roundup: Blues eliminate Jets, Stars and Capitals pull ahead 3-2

NHL Playoffs 2019 Roundup: Blues eliminate Jets, Stars and Capitals pull ahead 3-2

Friday saw the Toronto Maple Leafs pull ahead 3-2 and the Colorado Avalanche eliminate the favored Calgary Flames. Saturday provided another elimination game and two teams pulled ahead 3-2 in their series.

Here are the results from Saturday.

St. Louis Blues eliminate Winnipeg Jets with 3-2 win

The Blues return to the second round of the playoffs after they were eliminated in the first round last season.

The Blues rally started 23 seconds into the game, when Jaden Schwartz put home a Brayden Schenn rebound.

Schwartz followed with two more goals, completing the hat trick. It's the second natural hat trick in a playoff series clinching game since Geoff Courtnall in 1992.

The Blues await the winner of the Nashville-Dallas series.

Dallas Stars pull ahead of Nashville Predators in 5-3 victory

The Stars were able to steal one from the Predators at Bridgestone Arena thanks to Jason Dickinson and Alexander Radulov's two goal performances.

Tyler Seguin added a goal of his own to pull the Stars ahead 4-2 at the end of the second period, and Ben Bishop recorded 30 saves.

The Stars have a chance to close the series at home Monday night.

Washington Capitals take upper hand on Carolina Hurricanes with 6-0 shutout

After dropping Game 4 in Carolina 2-1, the Caps exploded for six goals against the Hurricanes in a 6-0 win.

Nicklas Backstrom scored the opening two goals. He leads the Capitals in playoff goals with five and had a four point night.

The Caps also got production from their bottom six with Brett Connolly's goal and Nic Dowd's converted penalty shot. It's the first penalty shot a Caps player has successfully made in the playoffs.

Braden Holtby's shutout gave him seven in the playoffs, surpassing Olaf Kolzig's six for the franchise lead. The Caps have a chance to win the series in Carolina Monday night.