After an abysmal start, the Caps got it together and rallied for a thrilling 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 on Thursday.
Here's a recap of the three bold predictions for the game.
1. Washington will be outshot in the first period - Correct
The Caps were outshot 15-12 in the first period and 10-3 to start the second before they really put things together, but this prediction was about more than just shots. I thought Washington would be outplayed in the first period so I wanted a quantifiable way to judge that other than score since goals are harder to come by in the playoffs. As it turns out, I was right in that they were outshot and right in that they were outplayed.
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2. Alex Ovechkin will score - Wrong
Ovechkin was kept off the scoresheet, but the Leafs had no answer for Justin Williams who scored twice in regulation to erase the Caps' two-goal deficit.
3. Washington will give up two or fewer power plays - Correct
Toronto only had one power play on the night and it came in the first period as Lars Eller was called for cross checking Martin Marincin. The Caps' penalty kill played exceptionally well, however, and it did not end up costing Washington.
2017 playoff results: Despite the start to the game, the Caps got the playoffs started right with a win. I also started things off on the right foot with two correct predictions.
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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 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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