Stanley Cup Final
Matt Niskanen

Matt Niskanen  #2

Washington Capitals  Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: December 6, 1986  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Virginia, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 209 DRAFTED: DAL / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (28th overall)
2015 Playoffs allied an assist in Game 5 at NYR (5/8) ... Registered three assists in seven games against NYI in the first round ... Tallied an assist and was (+3) in Game 5 vs. NYI (4/23) ... Led Washington in ice time (28:08) in Game 4 at NYI (4/21) ... Was (+1) in 22:50 of ice time in Game 3 at NYI (4/19) ... Tallied two assists vs. NYI (4/17) in Game 2, marking his second career multi-assist playoff game and fifth career multi-point playoff game. 2014-15 Regular Season Played in all 82 games for the first time in his career ... Ranked second on the team in ice time (22:21) ... Scored a goal vs. BOS (4/8) ... Tallied an assist vs. CAR (3/31), extending his assist streak to four games ... Recorded a Caps season-high 28:51 of ice time vs. ANA (2/6) ... Recorded his second-career three-assist game, led WSH in ice time (22:35) and was named the game s first star vs. NYI (11/28) ... Played his 500th NHL game vs. DET (10/29).
WCHA First All-Star Team (2007) Traded to Pittsburgh by Dallas with James Neal for Alex Goligoski, February 21, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 1, 2014.
Quote of the Day

For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday