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Round 1

Grubauer will stay in goal for Capitals against Blue Jackets in Game 2

Goaltender, Washington trying to even series after overtime loss in opener

by Brian McNally / NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Philipp Grubauer will remain the starting goaltender for the Washington Capitals when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Capital One Arena on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2, NBCSWA, FS-O).

Grubauer made 23 saves on 27 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 1 of the best-of-7 series Thursday.

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Short Shifts

Kuhnhackl, Sheary are really good at lip-syncing Penguins starting lineup

Pittsburgh forwards impressively mouth names as PA announcer reads them before Game 2

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Tom Kuhnhackl and Conor Sheary could have a future in pretend public-address announcing if the whole hockey thing doesn't pan out.

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fantasy

Fantasy: Playoff X-factor for each team in 2018

Grubauer starting for Capitals; Henrique, Hertl look to build on playoff success

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

NHL.com has identified a potential X-factor from each Stanley Cup Playoff team to help round out your postseason roster or provide value in DFS contests.

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Grubauer's path led to Game 1 start for Capitals against Blue Jackets

Germany native made decision to become goaltender, leave homeland

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The biggest decision of Philipp Grubauer's career -- before Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz decided to start the goaltender in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round -- might have been the one he made when he was 12.

Growing up in Germany, Grubauer chose hockey over soccer but was undecided on a position. Though he'd been a goaltender since he was 6, he also liked playing defenseman.

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analysis

Philipp Grubauer vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

High-low battle between goalies in Capitals vs. Blue Jackets series

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

Goaltending is an integral part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. To better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each goaltender, the last 100 goals allowed for each were charted, with the help of Double Blue Sport Analytics from Upper Hand Inc., to see what patterns emerge.

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NHL Insider

Oilers 'have to make some changes' in coaching staff led by McLellan

Will 'look at every facet,' GM Chiarelli says

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Coach Todd McLellan and his staff are not guaranteed to return for the Edmonton Oilers next season, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday.

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Deserving of an Opportunity

The Capitals turn to Philipp Grubauer for Game 1, who earned his second career playoff start with his outstanding play

by Chase Pyke @chasepyke / WashingtonCaps.com

When the Capitals take the ice at Capital One Arena Thursday for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, they'll have Philipp Grubauer, between the pipes.

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playoffs

Grubauer to start Game 1 for Capitals against Blue Jackets

Veteran goaltender Holtby will be backup to begin first round

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Philipp Grubauer will be the starting goaltender for the Washington Capitals when they open the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN360, TVAS, FS-O, NBCSWA).

Coach Barry Trotz informed Grubauer and Braden Holtby of the decision on Monday; it was announced after the Capitals practiced at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday.

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NHL Insider

Grubauer making case in Capitals net

Goaltender emerging as potential playoff starter with strong play

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Philipp Grubauer stole the spotlight from teammate Alex Ovechkin, who played in his 1,000th NHL game, and might have claimed the starting goaltending job for the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the process with a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday.

Starting against the rival Penguins for the first time in his career, Grubauer, who played in his 100th NHL game, made 36 saves to help the Capitals clinch the Metropolitan Division title for the third consecutive season.

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game recap

Capitals clinch first in Metropolitan with win against Penguins

Grubauer makes 36 saves for seventh victory in eight starts; Ovechkin plays 1,000th game

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Washington Capitals clinched first place in the Metropolitan Division with a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday.

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