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Capitals beat Hurricanes 6-0 to take 3-2 series lead

Capitals beat Hurricanes 6-0 to take 3-2 series lead

He will be in the lineup Saturday for Game 5 of the Caps' first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, coach Todd Reirden told reporters Friday. That means the Hurricanes defenders have to keep pushing Washington players outside the dots for poorer shot angles and not let Capitals players sneak in the backside on cross-ice passes.

The Washington Capitals had everything else.

After Washington won the first two games of the postseason clash on home ice, Carolina took Game 3 and 4 to even things up at two.

A better power play would help the Canes just as much.

Coach Rod Brind'Amour wasn't as kind in his assessment. Svechnikov did say that he and Ovechkin spoke after the game.

"If we can do that, I think we give ourselves a good chance". "You need that in games like this". "The fact that he's not with us is going to be a tough void to fill, but that just should hopefully push people to get to a different level and have his back, so to speak". Carolina lost left winger Jordan Martinook to a first-period injury. I think, more than anything, he wasn't ready for the hit and we see a lot of hits that are way, way worse than that.

The Carolina Hurricanes took down the Capitals, putting them at a neck-and-neck 2-2 against the Washington team in the Eastern Conference First Round of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. There will be Game 6 and it will be at PNC Arena on Monday at 7 p.m. Brind'Amour said he may have reaggravated a lower body injury that has nagged him for a while. Yeah, three in a row. "I feel like he's kind of built for playoffs". However, the Canes have looked risky in these playoffs, even in their two losses, and while a win in Washington is a different beast they are going to have to get one on the road if they're going to move on to the next round. Ovechkin added his goal less than two minutes later.

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"Their best players were their best players".

From there, the rout was on.

Wilson, who had the game face on early, scored in the third. First, the Capitals' Tom Wilson swiped in a rebound just 64 seconds into the third period, giving Washington three man-advantage tallies on the night.

Braden Holtby wasn't really challenged, registering a 30-save shutout that looked similar to Mrazek's Game 3 shutout in the ease in which it was earned.

"It's a very clear blueprint that gave us success, and it started right from the beginning of the game and it was everybody doing it", Reirden said. "This was a big part of our success a year ago, that we needed to invest and force the opposition to play a hard game and eventually if you do it for long enough and you believe in the rest of your systems enough you will break them".

Forward Aleksi Saarela made his National Hockey League debut for the Canes after being recalled Friday from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL, playing on a line with Greg McKegg and Patrick Brown.


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