LAS VEGAS — The Caps have been historically good on the road in these playoffs.
So good, in fact, they can match the NHL’s all-time record for road wins in a single postseason Thursday night with a victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5. (A win, of course, would also give Washington its first Stanley Cup.)
Alex Ovechkin and Co. are currently 9-3 away from home this spring.
If they get road win No. 10, here are the teams they’ll join, per NBC’s NHL research team:
- 2012 Kings. They went 10-1, won the Cup.
- 2004 Flames. They went 10-4, lost in Game 7 to Tampa Bay.
- 2000 Devils. They went 10-2, won the Cup.
- 1995 Devils. They went 10-1, won the Cup.
The Capitals’ success away from F Street has been a storyline throughout the postseason, even though players and Coach Barry Trotz alike have been at a loss to explain exactly why it’s been happening.
Their explanations have ranged from the group adopting an ‘us-against-the-world’ mentality to the team’s tendency to play a more simplified brand of hockey on the road.
Whatever the reason, it’s been working and it’s got the Caps on the verge something truly special.
One more number to consider ahead of Game 5: Washington has ended all three of the previous series this spring on the road.
Can the Caps do to the Golden Knights what they've already done to the Blue Jackets, Penguins and Lightning?
“They’re great in their building,” Coach Barry Trotz said of Vegas after Game 4. “We’re not scared of their building. We’ve proved it: we’re very good on the road.”
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After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.
Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother.
Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.
After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth.
The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.
She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.
Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!
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Say it ain't so.
Mitchell Gibson is the first goalie the Capitals have drafted since Ilya Samsonov in 2015, but they may be thinking twice about their selection after a recent shocking interview.
Gibson spoke with a local Philadelphia CBS station and revealed that both he and his family...are Flyers fans.
Insert dramatic music.
"I think my family will always be Flyers fans in their hearts and I guess I will be a little bit," Gibson admitted, hopefully with guilt in his voice.
Gibson was selected by the Caps in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, but clearly the scouts did not do their homework. It's as if Gibson grew up a hockey fan in a place like Phoenixville, Pa. (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) without anticipating the future that he may one day be drafted by a rival team like Washington.
The young netminder tried to make up for his horrifying admission later in the interview.
"The Capitals are definitely treating me well right now so I would like to be their goalie," he said.
A likely story.
Gibson is only 19 and set to begin his first collegiate season at Harvard in 2018 so at least there is still time for Gibson to overcome his shameful past. And hey, it could always be worse. At least he's not a Penguins fan.
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