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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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#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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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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#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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Caps Seek to End Series on Sunday

The Caps and the Leafs are back in Toronto for Sunday's Game 6, and Washington can eliminate the Maple Leafs with a win.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

April 23 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre

Time: 7:00 p.m. 

TV: CSN, NBCSN

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

Game 5, 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round, Washington leads series 3-2

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Williams Wins it for Washington in OT

Justin Williams' goal at 1:04 of overtime lifts the Caps to a 2-1 win in Friday's Game 5, and gives them a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven set.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Justin Williams' name is synonymous with "playoff hero," and if anyone needed a reminder of why that is, the veteran Washington winger issued a timely reminder to the local population a few minutes after 10 p.m. on Friday night at Verizon Center. 

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#CapsLeafs Skate Shavings: Swing Time

Very little separates the Caps from the Leafs through four games, so both teams now seek that separation as Friday's pivotal Game 5 looms.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Both the Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs have won two games and have scored exactly 14 goals in the first four games of their best-of-seven, first-round set in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, and Friday's Game 5 will determine which of the two teams will be in a position to clinch the series on Sunday when it returns north to Toronto for Game 6. All four games have been decided by a single goal, three of them in overtime. 

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Caps Look to Regain Home Ice Advantage in Game 4

Washington seeks to shake a four-game road losing streak in the playoffs on Wednesday against the Leafs in a critical Game 4.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

April 19 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre 

Time: 7:00 p.m. 

TV: CSN, NBCSN

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7

Game 4, 2017 Stalney Cup Playoffs First Round, Maple Leafs lead 2-1

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Leafs Overcome Caps in OT to Take Series Lead

The Caps coughed up a two-goal lead and dropped a second straight overtime decision to Leafs in Game 3, falling down 2-1 in best-of-seven set.

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Losing streaks are the scourge of playoff hopes. An NHL team can lose three or four games in a row in November without much panic and with little anxiety. But drop even a couple of games in a row once mid-April rolls around, and a team's entire postseason outlook can take on a different paintjob.

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