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Girl who got puck from Capitals' Connolly to meet forward

Keelan Moxley, family will be guests of Washington owner for Game 5 against Blue Jackets

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Connolly gets young fan a puck

CBJ@WSH, Gm2: Connolly makes young fan's night

R1, Gm2: Brett Connolly makes sure a young girl gets a puck in pregame warmups after the first two tries end up in other fans' hands

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COLUMBUS --Brett Connolly had no idea his repeated attempts to give a puck to a young girl would become a social media sensation or that he'd earn a new fan for his efforts.

Now, the Washington Capitals forward is making plans to meet 6-year-old Keelan Moxley when she attends Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Capitals and Blue Jackets at Capital One Arena on Saturday. Moxley and her family will be guests of Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.

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Holtby retains starting job for Capitals in Game 4 against Blue Jackets

Goalie gets call again following vintage performance

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

COLUMBUS -- Braden Holtby didn't just win his first start of the Eastern Conference First Round for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, the goaltender got his job back too.

Holtby on Wednesday was named starter for Game 4 at Nationwide Arena on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-O, NBCSWA), one day after making 33 saves in a 3-2 double-overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Capitals, Blue Jackets working overtime in playoffs

Foes fighting fatigue after first three games of first-round series go past regulation

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

COLUMBUS -- Were you bleary-eyed this morning after staying up late to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals play another overtime game in the Eastern Conference First Round on Tuesday?

Imagine how the Blue Jackets and Capitals felt when they woke up Wednesday after going to overtime for the third time in as many games. They went 9:00 into the second overtime before the Capitals prevailed 3-2 on center Lars Eller's rebound goal in Game 3 at Nationwide Arena.

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Capitals OK winning Game 3 in 2OT with 'real ugly' goal

Defeat Blue Jackets for first victory in three overtime games in series

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

COLUMBUS -- The Washington Capitals weren't looking for style points.

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Holtby to start Game 3 for Capitals against Blue Jackets

Washington going with veteran goaltender; Grubauer to back up

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

COLUMBUS -- Goalie Braden Holtby will start for the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, FS-O, NBCSWA).

Philipp Grubauer started the first two games for the Capitals, who trail the best-of-7 series 2-0 after two overtime losses at home.

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Round 1

Dubois earning recognition from Blue Jackets in playoffs

Rookie center excelling during first taste of postseason

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Pierre-Luc Dubois doesn't mind flying under the radar.

In fact, he's gotten used to it.

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Round 1

Capitals optimistic about comeback entering Game 3 against Blue Jackets

Have carried play for most of series despite trailing 2-0

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Raise your hand if you believe the Washington Capitals will come back to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference First Round.

It's understandable if you're hesitant. The Capitals trail 2-0 in the best-of-7 series after two overtime losses at home with Game 3 coming up in Columbus on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS, FS-O, NBCSWA). Of the 89 teams in NHL history to lose the first two games of a best-of-7 series at home, 19 (21.3 percent) have come back to win, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Capitals do too much wrong again in Game 2 loss to Blue Jackets

Face daunting task after dropping first two of Eastern series at home

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals waited on their bench, desperate for a reprieve.

A video review initiated by the NHL Situation Room was looking at whether Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert was offside before scoring 12:22 into overtime, but the way the Capitals' night was going, they weren't optimistic.

"We were sort of hoping and praying it was [offside], but I didn't feel good about it," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.

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Ovechkin 'has to have impact' for Capitals in Game 2 against Blue Jackets

Forward didn't generate enough offense in series opener

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin believes he needs to elevate his play for the Washington Capitals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Capital One Arena on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2, NBCSWA, FS-O).

Ovechkin, who led the NHL with 49 goals and the Capitals with 87 points during the regular season, did not have a point in a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 1 on Thursday.

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Wennberg out for Blue Jackets in Game 2 against Capitals

Columbus center day to day with upper-body injury; Milano to enter lineup

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Alexander Wennberg will not play for the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360, TVAS2, NBCSWA, FS-O).

The center was injured on a hit from Capitals forward Tom Wilson in the third period of a 4-3 overtime win in Game 1 on Thursday. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said Saturday that Wennberg is day to day.

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