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Caps fall in triple OT

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Caps fall in triple OT

Whats more difficult than losing at home in overtime against one of your fiercest rivals?

Having two full days to stew over it.

Marian Gaborik scored off a centering pass from Brad Richards 14 minutes, 41 seconds into the third overtime Wednesday night, giving the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Capitals at the Verizon Center in the third-longest game in Capitals history.

With the win, the Rangers seized back home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series, which resumes Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Center.

Gaborik positioned himself in the slot and ripped a one-timer from Richards through the pads of Capitals rookie goaltender Braden Holtby, who stopped 47 of 49 shots.

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist earned the win woith 45 saves.

The Capitals killed off the only penalty of the first overtime period after Alex Semin tripped Ryan Callahan with 2:28 remaining.

Nearly everyone in the building thought Alex Ovechkin won the game with 5 minutes remaining in the first overtime period, but after stripping Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman of the puck Ovechkins shot rang off the right post to keep the game alive.

Holtby had a rough start to the first overtime period. In the opening 90 seconds he failed to catch an easy shot by Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto, then had to stop a Derek Stepan backhander in front after his own giveaway to Ryan Callahan.

The Caps best chance to score came about 4:45 into the first overtime period when Matt Hendricks separated Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh from the puck with a menacing shoulder, then set up Troy Brouwer all alone in front. Brouwer shot it wide right.

Both teams had chances to win the game with power-play goals near the end of regulation but failed.

The Rangers, who opened the scoring with a power-play goal by Ryan Callahan, were awarded a man-advantage with 5:35 remaining in the third period when Capitals forward Mike Knuble was whistled for interfering with goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

The Rangers failed to generate much of an attack on Caps goalie Braden Holtby and when Brad Richards went off for tripping Roman Hamrlik with 3:48 remaining, the Caps failed to get a puck past Lundqvist, whose biggest save came on a bullet from Alexander Semin.

After playing tight defensive hockey while splitting the first two games of the series in New York, both teams opened it up in Game 3 with one offensive rush after another.

Lundqvist stopped all 13 shots he faced and Holtby was a perfect 10-for-10 as the two teams took a scoreless tie into the second period.

The offensive flow continued in the second, with each team pinning each other in their zones so often coaches Dale Hunter and John Tortorella had to burn a timeout to give his players a breather.

The Rangers got on the board when, with Brooks Laich in the box for hooking Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan converted a Michal Del Zotto rerbound for his third goal of the playoffs.

Del Zottos shot deflected off Washington defenseman John Carlson and forward Matt Hendricks before falling behind Callahan, who wheeled around and slapped the puck past Holtby 6:41 into the second period.

It was the Rangers second power play goal of the series and both came from the stick of Callahan.

The Capitals didnt take long to answer. Less than 5 minutes later John Carlson took a pass from Alexander Semin and rumbled down the left side. Carlson had the puck poked off his stick and swerved to his right before snapping a shot high past Lundqvists catching glove.

The goal was Carlsons first of the playoffs and breathed life into the home crowd. The fans were moved to the edge of their seats minutes later when the Capitals broke out on a 3-on-1, but Lundqvist came out to stop Laich in close for the biggest stop of the game.

Notes: Entering Game 3, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan led New York with 16 hits in the series, followed by Derek Stepan (8), Brian Boyle (6) and Brandon Prust (6). Matt Hendricks led the Caps with 8, followed by Jay Beagle (7), Roman Hamrlik (7) and Brooks Laich (6). Capitals left wing Jason Chimera entered Wednesday nights game with six career playoff goals and four of them have come against the Rangers. Three of those six goals have been game-winners. Dating back to last season, Capitals rookie goaltender Braden Holtby now has gone 25 straight games without losing back-to-back games. Entering Wednesdays action, the Rangers ranked first in the NHL with 184 blocked shots in the playoffs. The Capitals ranked second with 178. Rangers rookie Chris Kreider is the first Rangers rookie to record two game-winning goals in the playoffs since Mike Allison in the 1981 playoffs. The Rangers have won their last six playoff series in which they held home-ice advantage. All-time the Rangers are 31-11 when winning Game 1. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist entered Game 3 ranked third on the Rangers all-time list with 18 playoff victories but has not led the Rangers past the second round.

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2018 NHL Draft: Caps add 7 prospects, 4 from WHL

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2018 NHL Draft: Caps add 7 prospects, 4 from WHL

The Caps made seven selections in the 2018 Draft this weekend. The group featured three defensemen, three forwards and a goalie. Interestingly, a couple of the picks have fathers who enjoyed lengthy NHL careers.

Meet the newest prospects:

1st round, 31st overall: D Alexander Alexeyev, WHL, 6'4", 196 pounds

The Caps' first first-round pick sine 2016, Alexeyev is a smart two-way defenseman with good size.

Read more on him here.

2nd round, 46th overall (from Florida, via New Jersey): D Martin Fehervary, Allsvenskan (Sweden), 6'2", 194 pounds

A physical style defenseman who is very strong in his own end, but does not have much offensive upside. Sort of a throwback style of play which makes him a surprise pick this high.


2nd round, 47th overall (From Colorado): F Kody Clark, OHL, 6'1", 179 pounds

Kody Clark boasts an NHL pedigree as the son of Wendel Clark, a first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs who recorded 330 goals and 564 career points in 763 NHL games.


3rd round, 93rd overall: F Riley Sutter, WHL, 6'3", 203 pounds

Riley Sutter also boasts a strong NHL pedigree as the son of Run Sutter and nephew of Darryl Sutter.

Riley is a power forward who played alongside Caps prospect Garrett Pilon on the Everett Silvertips in the WHL and recorded 53 points in 68 games last season.


4th round, 124th overall: G Mitchell Gibson, NAHL, 6'1", 187 pounds

A Harvard commit, Gibson posted a 1.59 GAA and .935 save percentage in the NAHL last season.


6th round, 161st overall (from Vancouver): D Alex Kannok-Leipert, WHL, 5'11", 194 pounds

The Caps certainly saw something they liked in Kannok-Leipert as they traded up from 186 to get him. That pick, along with a sixth-round pick in 2019, went to Vancouver.


7th round, 217th overall: F Eric Florchuk, WHL, 6'2", 174 pounds

Florchuk was taken with the last pick of the draft.

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

DALLAS—The Caps are “really close” to signing star defenseman John Carlson to a long-term extension, GM Brian MacLellan said Friday night.

“We’re getting closer,” MacLellan said following the first round of the NHL Draft. “Hopefully we can get it done here over the next few days. We’re really close.”

Earlier in the day, the Caps cleared significant space under the salary cap ceiling by trading Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round draft pick (47th overall). 

That space will now be used to lock up Carlson, who could become the best defenseman on the open market if he were to reach it.

MacLellan met with Carlson’s agent, Rick Curran, here on Thursday night.

MacLellan did not divulge any figures, but it’s expected that Carlson’s new contract could come in at eight years and $8 million per—or perhaps a bit more. 

He earned $4 million last season.

Carlson had a career year in 2017-18 and was critical during the Caps' run to the Stanley Cup. He led all defensemen in the regular season with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists). The 28-year-old also skated a career-high 24:47 per game.

MacLellan has long said that re-signing Carlson was the Caps’ top priority this offseason. And now it looks like that could happen within days, assuming the talks do not hit any snags.

“We’re going to do our best to sign John,” MacLellan said. “We’ve said it all along. We waited until the end of the year. We’ve had discussions. We’re close and hopefully we can close the deal here over the next 24 hours.”

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