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Start time for Game 5 between Capitals-Maple Leafs announced

Start time for Game 5 between Capitals-Maple Leafs announced

The Toronto Maple Leafs' 4-3 double-overtime victory in Game 2 over the Washington Capitals assured a Game 5 of the first-round series will be played between the two teams.

Regardless of the outcome of Game 3 (Monday, 7pm, CSN) and Game 4, the Capitals and Maple Leafs will return to Verizon Center for Game 5 on Friday, April 21.

That game is officially set for 7:00 p.m. ET and will be aired on Comcast SportsNet, the Capitals announced on Monday.

The game will also stream live on CSNMidAtlantic.com and the NBC Sports app. National television times for Game 5 have yet to be announced.

A Chris Brown concert had previously been set to take place on Friday, April 21 at Verizon Center.

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Capitals send best wishes to now former teammate Madison Bowey

Capitals send best wishes to now former teammate Madison Bowey

Madison Bowey was traded to the Motor City earlier today as well as a second round draft pick for defenseman Nick Jensen and a fifth round draft pick. Washington promptly re-signed their new addition to a four-year, $10 million dollar contract.

After hearing the news about their teammate's departure, memebers of the Caps' took to social media to give their best wishes.

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Bowey, a Stanley Cup champion, was a vital member of the 2018 Capitals' squad in their pursuit of the Cup.

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Capitals bolster their blue line by adding right-shot Nick Jensen in trade with Red Wings

Capitals bolster their blue line by adding right-shot Nick Jensen in trade with Red Wings

Just one day after adding Carl Hagelin to the roster, the Capitals remained busy by acquiring right-shot defenseman Nick Jensen and a fifth-round draft pick from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Madison Bowey and a second-round draft pick in 2020.

Once the trade was made official, the Caps were quick to lock up their new acquisition, re-signing Jensen to a four-year, $10 million contract, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan.

The fifth round pick the Caps receive was originally from the Buffalo Sabres. Darren Dreger was the first to report the trade. 

Brian MacLellan has added at least one defenseman at the trade deadline every year as the Caps’ general manager and this year is now no different. After the home run acquisition of Michal Kempny for cheap last season, the Caps again went for another depth move, though the cost for Jensen proved to be substantially steeper.

Jensen, 28, is a very stout defensive player and a strong skater. He does not add much offensively (two goals, 13 assists in 60 games), but the fact that he is a right-shot defenseman is of huge value.

Prior to the trade, John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Madison Bowey were the only right-handed players among the team’s eight defensemen (including Jonas Siegenthaler, though he is in Hershey). Bowey had seemingly fallen down the depth chart this season and has played in only 33 games.

Jensen does not just add right-shot depth, he adds options.

Jensen is primarily a third-pair defenseman and is likely to play alongside Brooks Orpik, but, given the struggles of the second pair this season and Niskanen in particular, having Jensen could ease some of the pressure on that pair. Jensen is not going to supplant Niskanen in the top-four, but he can play on the penalty kill and be leaned upon to play significant minutes. He averaged 20:48 of ice time with the Red Wings.

If MacLellan was looking for a low-risk, high reward addition, Jensen seems to fit the bill. It doesn’t get much cheaper than Jensen’s total cap hit of $812,500. The price to get him was high, but adding a right-shot defenseman who can be relied upon to play consistently on the third pair is a value add.

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