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Capitals run away with Game 3, notch 6-1 blowout win over Flyers


Capitals run away with Game 3, notch 6-1 blowout win over Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Before Monday night’s Game 3 against the Flyers, Capitals veteran left wing Jason Chimera said it was time for he and his teammates to make their own history.

They did just that, getting two goals from Alex Ovechkin, one each from Marcus Johanson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, John Carlson and Jay Beagle, along with 31 saves from Braden Holtby in a 6-1 victory in front of a raucous, then empty Wells Fargo Center. With the win, these Capitals became the first team in franchise history to take a 3-0 series lead.


The Capitals will get the chance to record their first-ever playoff sweep when the two teams meet again for Game 4 on Wednesday night (6 p.m. Pregame Live, CSN).

How it happened: Inspired by a moving video tribute to team chairman Ed Snider, who passed away one week earlier, the Flyers opened the scoring just 57 seconds into the game when Michael Raffl jammed a Brandon Manning rebound under Braden Holtby on just the second shot of the game. But the Flyers began what would be a parade to the penalty box just 4:28 into the game and  Marcus Johansson responded with his first goal and team-high fifth point of the playoffs with a power play goal.  It stayed that way until the 8:50 mark of the second period when Ovechkin ripped a snap shot past Steve Mason’s catching glove for his second goal of the series. (The goal also tied Ovechkin with Dale Hunter for first on the Caps’ all-time playoff list with 72 points -- 38 goals, 34 assists). The Caps entered the third period with a 39-0-1 record when leading after two and they poured it on in the final period, getting power-play goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson to complete the rout.


Pretty special: The Caps are now 8-for-15 on the power play in the series. The Flyers are 0-for-13. 

Orpik helped off: The Caps’ only loss of the night came with 8:01 remaining in the second period when Ryan White caught Brooks Orpik with hard, clean hit along the boards. Orpik was helped off the ice and down the runway and did not return.

If Orpik cannot play in Game 4 look for Mike Weber to take his place on a third defense pairing with Nate Schmidt, meaning Dmitry Orlov would move up to a second pairing.

Orlov was the victim of a big hit from Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the third period. Bellemare was given a 5-minute major and a game misconduct and will likely face a hearing that could see him suspended for Game 4.

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Capitals vs. Panthers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Capitals vs. Panthers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Washington Capitals (3-2-1, 7pts) are coming off of an overtime thriller at home over the Rangers thanks to Matt Niskanen's crafty timing.

Through the first six games of the season, Washington is undefeated on Wednesdays, yet has failed to win consecutive games. The Caps hope to change that trend Friday night at home vs. the Florida Panthers (0-2-2, 2pts).

The Panthers have yet to win a game this season, with each of the four games being decided by just one goal. The Panthers have no problem scoring, netting at least five goals in two of the first four games, but have failed to seal the deal. This is where the defending Stanley Cup champions will need to capitalize.

Only the Maple Leafs (33) and Hurricanes (33) have scored times more than the Capitals (24). Washington has a clear advantage in firepower. The biggest key to victory is keeping the space in front of Braden Holtby clean as a whistle. If the Caps control their goalmouth, they should have no issues dispatching the Panthers.

Here is everything you need to know about the Friday night game, which takes place at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington. 


What: Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Friday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Panthers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

Live Stream: Watch Capitals vs. Panthers on the NBC Sports Washington live stream page and the NBC Sports MyTeams App.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7, 106.7 The Fan FM


6:00 PM: Caps FaceOff Live
6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:00 PM: NHL: Florida Panthers at Capitals 
9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live


Capitals: Travis Boyd (OUT, IR), Tom Wilson (OUT, Suspension)

Panthers: Michael Haley (OUT, Leave of Absence), Roberto Luongo (OUT, MCL injury), Mike Matheson (OUT, Suspension) 


Evgenii Dadonov, W, Panthers: Dadonov is leading the Panthers this season with two goals and two assists on the season.

John Carlson, D, Capitals: Carlson had a heck of a game vs. the Rangers Wednesday night with a goal and two assists. The Capitals practiced faceoffs in practice leading up to Wednesday night's game and all of the practice paid off with Carlson's goal coming right off the faceoff from Backstrom. 


Number of all-time Meetings: 123

All-Time Series Record: 64-50-9

Playoff Record: N/A

Last Meeting: Panthers beat Capitals 3-2 (2/22/2018)

Last 10 Meetings: Tied 5-5 


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What’s next for Capitals' Tom Wilson?

What’s next for Capitals' Tom Wilson?

On Thursday, Tom Wilson appealed his 20-game suspension to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. So what happens now?

Wilson was suspended 20-games for a hit he delivered to St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in the preseason. The NHLPA filed an appeal on Wilson’s behalf which led to his hearing on Thursday.

Bettman is expected to reach a decision sometime next week so for now, Wilson will have to wait.

When a decision is reached, he will have two options of how to proceed. First, he can accept the commissioner’s decision and serve whatever suspension remains. As of Thursday, he has currently served six games out of the original 20-game suspension.

Wilson also has the option of a second appeal. For suspensions of six games or more, a player can file a subsequent appeal to a neutral arbitrator. The arbitrator is given authority to issue a ruling based on whether the league’s finding of a violation of the rules and the penalty imposed were both supported by substantial evidence, meaning both the hit itself and the length of suspension will be reviewed.

This can be a lengthy process.

The most recent example of a player appealing to a neutral arbitrator is Nashville’s Austin Watson. He was suspended 27 games by the NHL on Sept. 12 for domestic assault. On Oct. 12 an arbitrator reduced the suspension to 18 games.

Given the serious nature of domestic assault, it should be noted that Wilson and Watson’s respective transgressions are in no way comparable. This example is used merely to illustrate how long the process can take.

Another example is that of Dennis Wideman who was suspended 20 games in 2016 for hitting and injuring a referee. His suspension was ultimately reduced to 10 games by an arbitrator, but by that time he had already served 19 games.

Wilson will remain suspended throughout the appeals process.

Obviously he would like to return to the ice as quickly as possible, but even if his appeal drags out and Wilson is forced to sit for most or all of those 20 games, he still can recoup some of the money he will forfeit from this suspension (over $1.2 million) which will make the arbitrator’s decision still relevant for him personally.

Should Wilson serve the full 20-game suspension, he will be eligible to return to play on Nov. 21 when the Caps host the Chicago Blackhawks.