The Capitals earned the 3-2 overtime win, their first of the series, but all eyes will be on Sidney Crosby and his status going forward.
1. Bounce back for Holtby
This was Braden Holtby’s best game of the series despite how the third period ended. He made several key saves including a breakaway save on Bryan Rust. For the game, he made 28 saves on 30 shots. This game should end all discussion on who should start in net for Washington.
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2. A nice moment for Kevin Shattenkirk
Shattenkirk has had a rough postseason so far. Coming into this game, he had a team-low minus-7 and was also having another rough game on Monday until the overtime winner. That is his first goal of the postseason. Will this be the confidence boost he needs to raise his play?
3. All eyes on Sidney Crosby
With this game over, the story now will be what will Crosby’s status be for Game 4 and the rest of the series. Not only was he hit in the head, but his left leg also got a bit twisted in the fall. With his history of concussions, his health is a major concern going forward. You never want to see a player suffer an injury and let’s hope he is ok, but should he miss any time this series, it will be a major advantage for a Capitals team trying to get back into the series. It will also be interesting to see what the Department of Player Safety does with Niskanen. From my point of view, it looked like Crosby was falling as Niskanen raises his arms for the hit. It certainly looks as if he did not mean to hit the head. But will the NHL see it that way?
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Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.
Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.
The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.
Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.
With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)
Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.
Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.
Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to www.capfriendly.com.
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