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Capitals push Toronto to the brink with emotional overtime win in Game 5

Capitals push Toronto to the brink with emotional overtime win in Game 5

Final score: Washington Capitals 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

How it happened: The story that will grab all the headlines and all the attention happened late in the first period when Nazem Kadri caught Alex Ovechkin with a hip check right to the knee.

Ovechkin had to be helped off the ice. T.J. Oshie would score on the resulting power play to put the Caps up 1-0. Ovechkin would shockingly return for the start of the second and play the remainder of the game. It would be Toronto, however, who would strike in the second period as Matthews netted a rebound goal to tie the game at 1.

Both teams were held scoreless in the third period forcing the fourth overtime in five games this series and Justin Williams finished off the Leafs just 1:04 into the extra period.

What it means: With the win, the Caps have retaken the series lead and have pushed the Maple Leafs to the brink of elimination. They will have a chance to finish the series in Game 6 in Toronto. According to Elias, when a series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 holds a series win percentage of 78.1-percent.

Goals

Caps goal: T.J. Oshie (power play) from Nicklas Backstrom and Kevin Shattenkirk at 18:15 in the 1st period. A dangerous hit from Kadri to Ovechkin put the Caps on the power play and a fired up Caps team made the Leafs pay. A wrister from Backstrom beat Andersen, but hit the post. Luckily for Washington the puck went right to the stick of Oshie who backhanded in the goal. Caps 1, Maple Leafs 0

Maple Leafs goal: Auston Matthews from William Nylander and Zach Hyman at 6:00 in the 2nd period. Nylander took the puck from behind the net and spun around for the quick shot. The Caps lost the rebound in the scrum, but Matthews didn’t He scored on the rebound as Holtby and the Caps tried to locate the puck. Caps 1, Maple Leafs 1

Caps goal: Justin Williams from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson at 1:04 into overtime. Caps 2, Maple Leafs 1

3 Caps stars

1. Justin Williams: Williams had the only shot in overtime and he made it count.

2. Braden Holtby: The Caps netminder had his best game of the series. He was not dominant, but he made several key saves. It was the first time this series that he looked like the Holtby we all know.

3. Alex Ovechkin: The man is indestructible. Regardless of whether you thought the hit form Kadri was dirty or not, it looked rough. Those are the kind of hits that end a player’s season. Instead, it just ended Ovechkin’s first period.

Look ahead: The series now turns back to Toronto for what could be a decisive Game 6 on Sunday. Should a Game 7 be necessary, it will be in Washington on Tuesday.

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John Carlson's autograph the finishing touch to a Capitals fan's tattoo sleeve

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John Carlson's autograph the finishing touch to a Capitals fan's tattoo sleeve

It's been a long time in the making, but a local Washington fan finally put the finishing touches on his Capitals-themed tattoo sleeve on Thursday.

Maryland-based fan Leah Carey posted a picture of her father's tattooed arm on Twitter, showing off the finished product.

John Carlson is credited with the final assist, as his signature was the last thing Carey's father needed to complete the tattoo collection. He finally got the signaure when Carlson took the time to autograph his arm after a recent practice. Carey then got it tattooed the following day.

In addition to Carlson's autograph, the sleeve includes various Caps' logos over the years, including their Stanley Cup championship crest.

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With Devante Smith-Pelly back in the Caps lineup, we look back at his four goals in NBC Sports Washington's Top 20 goals from the Caps' Cup run

With Devante Smith-Pelly back in the Caps lineup, we look back at his four goals in NBC Sports Washington's Top 20 goals from the Caps' Cup run

With Devante Smith-Pelly back with the Capitals following an injury to T.J. Oshie in Game 4, Washington is hoping that DSP will be able to perform similarly to how he did during last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. With seven goals last postseason, including one in the Stanley Cup-clinching game, Smith-Pelly was a vital part of the Capitals' success.

Before he takes the ice in Game 5 on Saturday night, let's revisit some of those goals that made NBC Sports Washington's Top 20 goals from the 2018 Stanley Cup run.

17. Devante Smith-Pelly's Game 4 goal vs. Vegas

Devante Smith-Pelly scored in the first period against the Golden Knights to put the Caps up 3-0 early and secure an eventual 6-3 win for a 3-1 series lead.

14. Smith-Pelly strikes in Game 6 against Columbus

Devante Smith-Pelly's series-clinching tally in Game 6 helped Washington advance to the second round of the 2018 postseason.

13. Smith-Pelly grows the lead in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final vs. Vegas

Devante Smith-Pelly proved to be pretty clutch. He capitalized on a Golden Knights turnover to toss the puck top shelf over Fleury in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

4. Devante Smith-Pelly's game-tying goal in Game 5 against Vegas

About halfway through the third with the Caps down 3-2 in Game 5 of the Cup Final, Devante Smith-Pelly put the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury while falling to tie things up against Vegas.

Enjoyed that little trip to the past? Check out the full Top 20 here.

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