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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate 4/20

Caps in familiar spot at 2-2, the importance of forecheck going forward in series, the need for secondary scoring, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

The Song Is Familiar - As they get ready to host the Carolina Hurricanes in a pivotal Game 5 on Saturday night, the Capitals find themselves in familiar territory. This is the fifth time in its last six playoff series that Washington sits even after four games.

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Capitals Recall Samsonov from Hershey

Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Ilya Samsonov from the Hershey Bears

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Ilya Samsonov from the Hershey Bears, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Samsonov, 22, has posted a record of 20-14-5 with a 2.70 goals against average and a .898 save percentage in 37 games with the Bears this season. The 6'2", 205-pound goaltender has recorded three shutouts and posted a 10-0-1 record from Jan. 12 through Feb. 27. Samsonov made 49 saves on 52 shots in his AHL playoff debut yesterday against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  

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Caps Host Game 5 of Even Series on Saturday

For the fifth time in their last six playoff series, the Caps are even at 2-2 after four games

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

April 20 vs. Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena

Time: 8:00 p.m.

TV: NBC

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7, FAN 106.7

 

Game 5, Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Series even, 2-2.

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Caps Murals

The Capitals teamed up with local artist to create ALLCAPS murals across the community

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

The Capitals have partnered with local artists to install murals across several neighborhoods within Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Fans are invited to visit Capitals-themed murals throughout the region in celebration of the 2019 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. Stay tuned for updates to locations and more murals around the community. 

In addition, the Capitals will install a community mural at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School in Washington, D.C. on April 14.

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POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Canes 2, Caps 1

Caps lose series lead and Oshie in Game 4, they weather Canes' forecheck, but can't generate 5v5 offense, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Better Than Broken - Better wasn't quite good enough for the Capitals on Thursday night in Raleigh, maybe because the bar was set so low after a dismal performance in a 5-0 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 3 here on Monday. The Caps knew they'd need to match the Canes' intensity and drive in Game 4, and for the most part, they did. But a soft start and two ill-timed mistakes in the middle of the ice cost them a 2-1 decision to Carolina in Game 4.

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Capitals Recall Smith-Pelly, Re-assign Vanecek to Hershey

Capitals have recalled forward Devante Smith-Pelly from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and re-assigned goaltender Vitek Vanecek to Hershey

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Devante Smith-Pelly from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and re-assigned goaltender Vitek Vanecek to Hershey, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Smith-Pelly, 26, has recorded eight points (4g, 4a) in 54 games with the Capitals this season. In 20 games with Hershey, the 6'0", 223-pound forwarded recorded 14 points (6g, 8a), including a hat trick on March 10 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

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Canes Get Even in Game 4

Caps lose series lead and lose Oshie to injury in 2-1 loss to Carolina in Raleigh

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Washington's 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday night was a costly one on multiple levels. First, it cost the Caps their lead in the series; Carolina's Game 4 victory evens the first-round Stanley Cup playoff set between the two teams at 2-2, with Game 5 back in D.C. on Saturday night.

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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate 4/18

Caps focus on response and weathering Canes' forecheck in Game 4, make some lineup alterations and more:

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

I Know There's An Answer - For the first time in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Caps are coming into a game on the heels of a loss, this one an ugly 5-0 setback to the Hurricanes in Game 3 on Monday in Raleigh.

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Alipay Now Available at Capital One Arena

Capital One Arena will be the first stadium of its kind globally that will have the leading Chinese payments app Alipay available for Chinese users

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

Alipay, the world's leading digital payment platform, operated by Ant Financial Services Group, and Monumental Sports & Entertainment, today announced a collaboration that will bring Alipay's mobile payment platform to Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The payment solution will be available across the arena's ticketing, concessions, and team store - offering a seamless experience for the Chinese sports fan visiting the greater Washington, D.C. metro area.

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Caps Look to Bounce Back in Game 4

Coming off a bad beat in Game 3, the Caps make adjustments and gear up for a better response in Thursday's Game 4

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

April 18 vs. Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena

Time: 7:00 p.m.

TV: NBCSW

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7, FAN 106.7

 

Game 4, Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, Washington leads, 2-1.

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