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The Capitals face the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at PNC Arena in Game 6 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Caps won the most recent matchup 6-0 on Saturday, and hold a 3-2 series lead. Washington has won each of its last five series when it led the series 3-2 (2015 ECQF, 2016 ECQF, 2017 ECQF, 2018 ECQF, 2018 ECSF), and the last six Capitals series wins have been won on the road . Alex Ovechkin has registered 15 points (7g, 8a) in 16 career Game 6s and Nicklas Backstrom has tallied 14 points (3g, 11a) in 15 career Game 6s. When a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 owns an all-time series record of 206-55 (78.9%).

The Capitals' 6-0 win in Game 5 marked the largest margin of victory in a shutout effort in the playoffs in franchise history, besting the previous mark of four, which was accomplished three times (May 23, 2018 vs. Tampa; April 24, 2009 vs. New York Rangers; April 20, 2009 vs. New York Rangers). It also marked the second largest margin of victory in the playoffs in franchise history (largest margin: 8-1 victory against the New York Rangers, April 19, 1986). The Capitals have scored six goals in a single game in five straight playoff series (also Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final vs. Vegas: 6-2; Game 2 of Eastern Conference Final vs. Tampa: 6-2; Game 5 of Eastern Conference semi-final: 6-3; Game 6 of Eastern Conference quarterfinal: 6-3). The Capitals became the fourth franchise in the NHL to feature a six goal game in five consecutive playoff series and the first since the New York Rangers in 1994.

Team 

Streak Started

Streak Ended

Streak Length

Total 6-goal Games

Washington Capitals

April 12, 2018

Active

Five Series

5

New York Rangers

April 5, 1990

May 9, 1994

Seven Series

10

Edmonton Oilers

April 18, 1985

April 14, 1987

Six Series

13

New York Islanders

May 8, 1982

May 17, 1983

Five Series

10

New York Islanders

April 29, 1980

April 23, 1982

Eight Series

13

Schedule & Availability

Today

11:30 a.m.: Morning skate, PNC Arena

7 p.m.: Game 6, Washington at Carolina Hurricanes, PNC Arena

TV: NBCSN, NBCSW
Audio: 106.7 The Fan, Caps Radio 24/7, Caps Mobile App, WashingtonCaps.com

Tuesday, April 23

TBD

Wednesday, April 24

TBD

Thursday, April 25

TBD

Capitals Clips

April 22, 2019

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump 'n Chase: Caps Return to Raleigh for Game 6 / POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 6, Canes 0 / Caps Find Their Level and Level Carolina, 6-0  
Washington Post: After a brief identity crisis, Capitals have seemingly rediscovered their most menacing form / Capitals' penalty kill comes up big in Game 5 blowout of Hurricanes / Understated as always, Nicklas Backstrom delivers for Capitals in Game 5 / Stanley Cup playoffs 2019: Capitals punish Hurricanes, move within a win of advancing with 6-0 victory
Washington Times: Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 6: How to watch and what to watch for / LOVERRO: Championship mettle now part of Capitals' DNA / Capitals' bottom-six forwards finally add their piece to winning recipe / Devante Smith-Pelly provides nice 'distraction' as Capitals regain spark / Capitals rediscover elite form, drub Hurricanes to take series lead / Watch Ryan Kerrigan pump up Capitals fans with an Oshie-style beer chug through his sweater
The Athletic: 'You're not always within the rules, that's for sure': Capitals doing whatever it takes to win net-front battles / Down Goes Brown: The 2019 playoffs are total chaos. Is that good? It depends on your door (Washington Capitals mentioned) / Inside the locker rooms: What Capitals and Hurricanes said after Game 5 / Capitals bring the noise and the funk, looking like themselves again in rout of Carolina 
NBC Sports Washington: NHL Playoffs 2019 Roundup: Blues eliminate Jets, Stars and Capitals pull ahead 3-2 / Devante Smith-Pelly provided exactly what the Capitals needed on and off the ice in his return to Washington / Backstrom the catalyst behind Capitals' trip to the edge of advancement / Braden Holtby's new franchise record overshadowed by blowout win and he's just fine with that / Capitals push Carolina to the brink blowing away Hurricanes in Game 5 / Capitals fans' 'T.J. Oshie' chant will give you goosebumps
NHL.com: Capitals eager to close out Hurricanes in Game 6, then think about Trotz / Smith-Pelly trying to take advantage of playoff opportunity with Capitals / Capitals rediscover playoff identity in Game 5 win against Hurricanes / Capitals fans chant for Oshie, who fires up crowd on Twitter before game / Facts and Figures: Schwartz historic hat trick helps Blues advance (Washington Capitals mentioned) / Capitals score six against Hurricanes in Game 5, take series lead
AP: Caps can eliminate Canes; Preds try to stay alive vs. Stars / Capitals take 3-2 lead into game 6 against the Hurricanes / Capitals rout Hurricanes 6-0 to take 3-2 series lead
CBS Sports: Stanley Cup Playoffs results: Stars push Predators around; Blues eliminate Jets; Capitals throttle Hurricanes
ESPN: Brooks Orpik wants Andre Burakovsky to be his best self / Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Sharks, Bruins survive to force Game 7 (Washington Capitals mentioned) / Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: The Schwartz was with St. Louis in elimination of Jets (Washington Capitals mentioned)
Field Level Media: Capitals seek to close out series at Carolina
The Hockey News: Win It For This Guy: Sentimental Favorites for the Stanley Cup (Nick Jensen mentioned)
Live 5 News: Milner Joins Washington Capitals In Stanley Cup Playoffs
NBC Sports: Capitals blow out Hurricanes in Game 5

New York Times: Carl Hagelin Made a Habit of Knocking Off the Capitals. Now He Is One of Them.
News & Observer: Caps crush Canes 6-0 for 3-2 series lead

Reuters: NHL roundup: Schwartz's hat trick helps Blues eliminate Jets (Washington Capitals mentioned)
Sporting News: NHL playoffs 2019: Braden Holtby talks Capitals' statement win
TSN: Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan brought back the #OshieChug at the Caps game tonight
WNST: Physical Caps Dominate Carolina in Game 5
WTOP: Capitals, Smith-Pelly get physical in Game 5 rout of Carolina / LISTEN: Highlights Capitals-Hurricanes Round 1 Game 5
Yahoo Sports: Ryan Kerrigan fires up Capitals fans with Oshie party trick
106.7 The Fan: Capitals need to tap into 'killer instinct' to avoid dangerous Game 7 / RUSSELL: Capitals turn back tide in Game 5 / Caps clobber Canes, take 3-2 lead / WATCH: Caps crowd chants for T.J. Oshie / Penalty kill sparks Caps offense in Game 5 / WATCH: Backstrom scores again, Caps look to reassert control over Canes / WATCH: Ryan Kerrigan honors T.J. Oshie with beer chug at Game 5 / T.J. Oshie looks to spark Caps fans for Game 5: 'I want to hear you through the TV' / Caps in need of offensive production vs. Canes

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: All-Access | Make Oshbabe Proud / Todd Reirden | April 21 / Postgame Locker Room | April 20 / Todd Reirden Postgame | April 20 / Ryan Kerrigan at Game Five/ My #AllCaps Story | Keelan Moxley
NBC Sports Washington: Ready to Capital-ize: After Game 5 win, time to end 'Canes / The Bounce Back: Caps come back with shutout win in Game 5 / Pregame Rush: Capitals hope to close series with Game 6 win over Carolina
TSN: Capitals find their offence at home against Hurricanes

WJLA-TV ABC 7: Game 5 Live Hit / Caps Wives Benefit Fundraiser / Game 5 Live Hit

WRC-TV NBC 4: Game 5 Live Hit / Game 5 Live Hit / Game 5 Live Hit / Game 5 Live Hit / Game 5 Live Hit / Game 5 Live Hit / Game 5 Live Hit / Game 5 Live Hit

Hurricanes Clips:

AP: Canes' Svechnikov hopes to play in Game 6 after concussion
The Athletic: What can the Hurricanes do about their self-proclaimed 'garbage' power play at this point? / Playoff hockey means death threats and social media vitriol and the Hurricanes are dealing with it
Canes Country: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals: Game 6 Preview and Storm Advisory / Capitals respond with huge Game 5 win to push Hurricanes to brink of elimination

News & Observer: Five points for the Hurricanes going into Game 6 / Svechnikov doubtful as Canes face elimination game against Caps
NHL.com: Hurricanes following Brind'Amour's lead in playoffs / Svechnikov doubtful for Hurricanes in Game 6 against Capitals
WRAL: Fialko: How the Canes can recover from a Capitals' crushing

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