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Strong second period gives Caps the 5-2 win in Philly

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Strong second period gives Caps the 5-2 win in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 5-2 victory over the Flyers Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center:

How it happened: Hours after putting Jason Chimera on the power play and asking him to drive the net, Barry Trotz saw his 36-year-old veteran left wing score two power-play goals by going hard to the net. T.J. Oshie also scored off an incredible behind-the-net feed from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams added his third goal of the season in the Caps’ win. Nicklas Backstrom finished off the Flyers with a third-period snap shot off a nice feed from Marcus Johansson.  

What it means: The Caps improved to 11-4-0 and are now a perfect 4-0 after losses this season. They now have 22 points, four behind the Metro Division-leading Rangers and two ahead of the third-place Penguins. The Flyers have now lost eight of their last nine.

Ovi can’t catch a break: For the second time in three games Alex Ovechkin prematurely celebrated becoming the top Russian-born goal scorer in NHL history.

With 38 seconds remaining in the second period and the Caps on the power play, Ovechkin blasted a John Carlson pass past the glove side of Flyers goaltender Steve Mason. Ovechkin let out a primal scream and again took off his glove to raise his index finger in the air, repeating his premature celebration on Saturday night at Verizon Center when his historic goal was overturned because of a goalie interference call on Justin Williams.

This time, it was an offsides infraction by Williams that negated Ovechkin’s 484th goal. Replays accurately showed that Williams crossed the blue line ahead of the puck-carrying Jason Chimera and once again Ovechkin’s celebration was in vain.

Chim Dawg: Chimera also picked up an assist during his three-point night, but it might have been his restraint that most impressed Trotz. Early in the game, with the Flyers leading 1-0 on their first shot of the game, Chimera was driven into the boards by Flyers forward Ryan White, but did not retaliate.

Whack-a-White: Michael Latta got into his second fight of the season when he and White got into a second-period scrap. White’s head somehow got caught in his sweater and Latta allowed him time to pop his head back out so he could punch it some more.  

What’s next: Ovechkin’s next chance to move ahead of Sergei Fedorov will come Friday night at Verizon Center the Calgary Flames pay a visit. Catch all the action on CSN.

RELATED: Prospect Report: Galiev proving he's NHL ready

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!

After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.

Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.

But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.

Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]

Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.

While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.

In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020. 

Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short. 

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