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Martin Brodeur recalls favorite playoff memory

Devils great remembers goaltending duel with Dominik Hasek of Sabres in four-OT loss on April 27, 1994

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Although Martin Brodeur won the Stanley Cup three times and played in the Cup Final five times, his favorite playoff memory is from a game he did not win.

Brodeur, then a 21-year-old rookie goaltender with the New Jersey Devils, went head to head with Dominik Hasek and the Buffalo Sabres in a four-overtime thriller in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Memorial Auditorium on April 27, 1994.

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Capitals aiming to push Maple Leafs 'off cliff' in Game 6

Coach Barry Trotz, Washington hoping to eliminate Toronto, advance to second round

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

From the moment the Washington Capitals were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round last season, they have wanted another shot at them, a shot at redemption.

They can get that shot if they defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Centre on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, CSN-DC).

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Justin Williams rescues Capitals with another clutch goal

Forward scores in overtime to win Game 5 against Maple Leafs

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Justin Williams was talking about big moments again.

It has been a common theme for the Washington Capitals since the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and few know more about coming through in them than Williams.

He did again Friday, scoring 1:04 into overtime to give the Capitals a 2-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Verizon Center.

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Alex Ovechkin 'all good' after leaving Game 5 in first period

Forward, checked by Nazem Kadri of Maple Leafs, able to return to Washington win

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

Ovechkin leaves game, returns

TOR@WSH, Gm5: Ovechkin leaves with injury, returns

R1, Gm5: Alex Ovechkin takes a hit from Nazem Kadri that forces him to leave the game with an injury, but he is able to return for the 2nd

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WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin insisted he was fine after leaving in the first period then returning to finish Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Verizon Center on Friday.

"All good," Ovechkin said after Justin Williams' goal 1:04 into overtime gave the Capitals a 2-1 win and 3-2 lead against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the best-of-7 series.

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Dave Strader 'overwhelmed' by Hall of Fame broadcasting honor

NHL announcer was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in May

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Initially, it didn't seem odd to Dave Strader that he got a phone call from Chuck Kaiton earlier this month, because the longtime Carolina Hurricanes play-by-play announcer has checked in on him regularly since Strader was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in May.

But after the usual "How are you feeling?" start to the conversation, Kaiton said, "Well, I think I've got something that might make your day a little better."

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Auston Matthews focused on playoffs, not Calder Trophy

Maple Leafs rookie honored to be nominated for award, has sights on defeating Capitals in first round

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON --  Toronto Maple Leafs rookie center Auston Matthews' main concern is focusing on Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC).

But he did take a moment to appreciate that he was named Thursday as one of the finalists for the Calder Trophy along with Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski.

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Braden Holtby of Capitals moving on to Game 5

Goaltender hoping bounces go his way against Maple Leafs on Friday

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals didn't practice on Thursday to give their players some rest after they flew home following a 5-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Center on Wednesday.

A handful of players decided to go on the ice at Kettler Capital Iceplex anyway to prepare for Game 5 at Verizon Center on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC). The first one on was goaltender Braden Holtby, who got in some extra work with goalie coach Mitch Korn while defenseman Taylor Chorney fired pucks at him.

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Capitals exhibit resilience in tough third period

Overcome adversity, hang on to defeat Maple Leafs in Game 4, even series

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- In a way, the Washington Capitals felt like they had just passed a kidney stone.

The third period had been 20 painful minutes followed by joyful relief when they realized it was over and they had held on for a 5-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday.

Having evened the best-of-7 series 2-2, they head back to Verizon Center for Game 5 on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC).

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Alex Ovechkin of Capitals not worried about ice time in Game 4

Washington captain more concerned about series-tying win against Maple Leafs

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin said he isn't worried about how much ice time he'll get against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN, CSN-DC).

With the Capitals trailing the best-of-7 series 2-1, Ovechkin's main concern is getting a victory.

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Braden Holtby OK after collision during Capitals practice

Goaltender hit by teammate Marcus Johansson during morning skate, will start Game 4 against Maple Leafs

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- The Washington Capitals had a scare for about 20 seconds during their morning skate at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday when goaltender Braden Holtby remained down on the ice after a collision with teammate Marcus Johansson.

Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when Holtby got up, took a moment to collect himself and finished the skate.

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