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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Monday, May 4

by NHL Public Relations / NHL.com

MONDAY'S RESULT

Home Team in Caps

WASHINGTON 1, NY Rangers 0 – WSH leads series 2-1

HOLTBY, BEAGLE LEAD WASHINGTON TO 2-1 SERIES LEAD

Braden Holtby stopped all 30 shots he faced and Jay Beagle scored the only goal of the game at 7:31 of the second period to lift the Washington Capitals to a 1-0 victory and a 2-1 series lead against the New York Rangers.

* Holtby made 30 saves to earn his second career NHL postseason shutout, his first in regulation. Holtby improved to 5-4 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 1.54 goals-against average and .949 save percentage.

* Holtby’s first career postseason shutout was also vs. NYR and occurred exactly two years ago on May 4, 2013, when he made 24 saves in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (1-0 OT W). Holtby has never shut out the Rangers in the regular season (11 GP).

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Holtby joined the Pittsburgh PenguinsMarc-Andre Fleury as the only goaltenders to shut out NYR more than once in the postseason since Holtby entered the League in 2010-11. Fleury did so exactly one year ago on May 4, 2014 (3-0 W), and on May 5, 2014 (2-0 W).

* Elias notes that Holtby became the fourth goaltender in Capitals history to make 30 or more saves in a non-overtime postseason shutout. He joined Olaf Kolzig (three such performances), Don Beaupre and Semyon Varlamov.

* Holtby has allowed no more than one goal in 12 of his 15 career NHL playoff wins, including each of his past nine wins in the postseason dating to May 9, 2012, vs. NYR in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals (2-1 W).

* Beagle’s goal was his first of the playoffs and his first career game-winner in the postseason (33 GP).

* Andre Burakovsky (0-1—1) had an assist for his first career NHL postseason point.

* The Capitals improved to 4-0 in games following a loss in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs; each victory has been by one goal. The other instances were Game 2 (4-3 W), Game 4 (2-1 OT W) and Game 7 (2-1 W) of their first-round series against the New York Islanders.

* The Game 3 victory was the third by a 1-0 score in Capitals playoff history. The other two instances were May 4, 2013, vs. NYR (1-0 OT W) and April 12, 2001, vs. PIT (1-0 W).

DID YOU KNOW?

* Each of New York’s eight games this postseason has been decided by one goal. In fact, 15 of the Rangers' past 17 playoff games have been decided by one goal, including 10 straight dating to Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final vs. the Los Angeles Kings (2-1 W). According to Elias, the Rangers are the first team in League history to play 10 consecutive one-goal games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* The Rangers had their win streak in Game 3s on the road end at 11 consecutive games, dating to Game 3 of the Patrick Division Finals on May 7, 1992, at PIT (6-5 OT W).

* The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in seven of eight playoff games this year, including each of their past six games. New York has allowed two or fewer goals in at least six consecutive playoff games for the first time since 1997 (seven games spanning from April 23-May 11, 1997).

* New York played its 65th playoff game since the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, passing LAK (64) for the most in that span.

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR MARK MESSIER NHL LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTED BY BRIDGESTONE

The NHL announced that Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf, Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Ladd and Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, awarded "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season."

Mark Messier solicits suggestions from team and League personnel as well as NHL fans to compile a list of potential candidates for the award. However, the selection of the three finalists and ultimate winner is Messier's alone. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Click here for more information on each finalist.

LOOSE PUCKS

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who is New York’s all-time playoff leader in games played (skaters and goaltenders included), stopped 21 of 22 shots in his 100th career playoff game. Lundqvist became the 17th goaltender in NHL history to reach the milestone... Elias notes that Lundqvist’s milestone was also the 10th instance in NHL history of a goaltender reaching 100 playoff games with one franchise... Lundqvist has allowed two or fewer goals in six consecutive playoff games for the first time in his career... Ray Shero was named as the new general manager of the New Jersey Devils. Team president Lou Lamoriello, who had served as GM since 1987, will remain in the role as Devils president... Click here to watch Patrick Kane receive the Blackhawks Belt after their 4-1 victory over the Wild in Game 2... ICYMI: Blackhawks fans and Tampa Bay Lightning fans celebrated their respective Game 2 victories from Sunday night.

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