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Pens Edge Caps, 3-2

Washington authors a mostly dominant performance, but doesn't turn on the jets until it is down 2-0, suffering a 3-2 loss to Pens in Game 1.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

In the days before the start of the Capitals' second-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, more than a couple of Caps mentioned the need to take advantage of having the first two games at home in the series. Facing a Pens team that had been idle for a week, the Caps turned in a terrific performance for most of the night in Thursday's Game 1, playing closer to their ceiling as a team than they had in any of their six first-round games against Toronto.

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Caps vs. Pens, Chapter 10

The Caps know the road to an elusive Stanley Cup title goes through Pittsburgh, and they're ready to travel that rematch route.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

It could have happened in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoff, and it should be happening in the third round of the playoffs, but here we are in the second round of the playoffs, and it's time once again for the Capitals and Penguins to renew their postseason rivalry.

This second-round playoff matchup is one virtually everyone could see coming as the regular season unfolded, and now it's about to get underway. 

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#CapsPens Skate Shavings: Ten Spot

NHL's top two teams clash in playoffs for first time in 16 years, Caps penalty killers prepare for Pens' test, Holtby faces Fleury.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

The Caps and Pens clash yet again in the postseason, doing so for the 10th time, all of them occurring since 1991. This time around, the two longtime rivals face-off as the top two teams from the 2016-17 regular season, when the Caps finished with 118 points and Pittsburgh finished second with 111. 

This second-round series between Washington and Pittsburgh marks the first time the league's two best regular season clubs have met in the postseason since the beginning of the salary cap era in 2005-06. The last time it happened was in the 2001 Stanley Cup final when Presidents' Trophy winner Colorado defeated New Jersey - the league's second best team during the 2000-01 regular season - in a seven-game set. 

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Caps Embrace Rematch with Pens

Eager to atone for last spring's second-round loss to the Penguins, the Caps are ready to face the challenge of taking on the defending champs.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

April 27 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center

Time:
 7:30 p.m. 

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 104.7 FM, 1500 AM and Capitals Radio 24/7 

Game 1, Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round

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Caps Fans Prepare to #RockTheRed in Round 2 of 2017 Playoffs

Playoff Yoga, Rock the Red Hunt, Light Sticks and Rally Towels Among Activities and Giveaways.

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals announced today several new and on-going initiatives in recognition of Second Round of the Washington Capitals 2017 Playoffs presented by Boeing. Capitals fans are invited to participate in the activities to mark the postseason, including:

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#CapsLeafs Skate Shavings: Overcoming In Overtime

Johansson's overtime game-winner enables Caps to put the Leafs down and out, and to move on to a second-round date with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

It was probably only fitting that Sunday's series-clinching Game 6 between the Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs would end up in overtime. Four of the previous five games also required more than 60 minutes, and all five of the previous games in the series were decided by the margin of a single goal.

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Second Round Playoff Tickets on Sale Monday, April 24

A limited number of Washington Capitals individual game tickets for all four possible home games of the Second Round of the Washington Capitals 2017 Playoffs presented by Boeing.

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

ARLINGTON, Va. - A limited number of Washington Capitals individual game tickets for all four possible home games of the Second Round of the Washington Capitals 2017 Playoffs presented by Boeing will go on sale to the public on Monday, April 24, at 7 p.m.

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Mojo Working Overtime as Caps Oust Leafs

Marcus Johansson's overtime game-winner - his second goal of the game - lifts Caps to 2-1 win in Game 6 and finishes first-round series with Leafs.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

When every game of a playoff series is decided by a single goal, and when five of six games go into overtime, the outcome is often determined by the details. Buttoning down those small details and nuances can add up to success, and missing just one of them can result in failure.

Marcus Johansson scored his second goal of the game at 6:31 of overtime on Sunday night at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, giving Washington a 2-1 win in Game 6 and ending a thrill-ride of a first-round series between the Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Second Round Schedule and Broadcast Information

The National Hockey League announced today the 2017 Stanley Cup Conference semifinals schedule and broadcast information for the series between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com
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#CapsLeafs Skate Shavings: When Push Comes To Shove

On killer instinct, cliffs, having fun, focus (or lack thereof), details, special teams, netminders.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

In a Saturday conference call with media, Caps coach Barry Trotz responded to a question about the need for his team to show some killer instinct and to finish off its first-round playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, sooner rather than later. 

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