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ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (L 3-4 2OT)

April 15 2017 at 4:29 PM

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https://www.nhl.com/news/toronto-maple-leafs-washington-capitals-game-2-preview/c-288814778

5 Keys: Maple Leafs at Capitals, Game 2
Washington needs better start; Toronto to lean on goalie Frederik Andersen again
by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent
2:17 PM

MAPLE LEAFS at CAPITALS

7 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports, CSN-DC

Washington leads best-of-7 series 1-0

WASHINGTON -- Tom Wilson scored the game-winning goal 5:15 into overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Verizon Center on Thursday.

Here are 5 keys for Game 2:



Better start

Mitchell Marner scored 1:35 into Game 1 and Washington trailed 2-0 before the first period ended. The Capitals were understandably not happy with their start and a few players admitted that Toronto's intensity from the start was a little surprising. Though they weren't rattled by the early deficit, Washington doesn't want to repeat those mistakes.

"There was a lot of looseness in our game, especially early," coach Barry Trotz said. "We've got to get that fixed up and tightened up. If we come out with the urgency that we need tonight, then hopefully you'll see a more complete game and go from there."



Activated defense

Washington's defensemen are encouraged to jump into a play when they see an opportunity, and Kevin Shattenkirk was a prime example of that in Game 1. Shattenkirk led the Capitals with nine shots on goal and challenged the net at every opportunity.

The Maple Leafs will need to be aware of Washington's offensive-minded defensemen at even strength and on the power play. They must limit odd-man rushes, where players like Shattenkirk thrive.



Frederik Andersen

Andersen stopped 41 of 44 shots in Game 1 and was key to keeping the Capitals from pulling ahead when they mounted a comeback, including two saves on Shattenkirk in the third period and a big stop on Brooks Orpik in overtime. Both of Justin Williams' goals in Game 1 followed some confusion in front of Andersen, and the Capitals want to do more of that in Game 2.

"Obviously some tough bounces on the goals, but that stuff happens in playoff hockey," Andersen said. "It's just a matter of moving on and facing the next shot is going to be the most important thing for me and that's the most important thing no matter what the result was in the last game, it's a new game and you have to put it in the memory bag and wipe the slate clean."



Top line production

Washington's top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie was held without any even-strength points in Game 1, but Trotz isn't concerned. Oshie had an assist on the power play. That line was deployed against some tough competition but all three agreed they could do better. Trotz doesn't want to make too much out of one game without production and expects them to break through.

"We played one game," Trotz said. "We won. So I think we're making too much of a big deal about nothing right now. Let's let the series go on here. Let's give them a chance."



Matchups

Trotz said before Game 1 he wasn't worried about matching lines with the Maple Leafs, but when the Capitals trailed by two goals in the first period, he changed his mind. Evgeny Kuznetsov's line was deployed predominantly against Auston Matthews' line for most of the rest of the game. Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock matched center Nazem Kadri's line against Ovechkin's line. Now that both coaches have an idea of what worked, they'll be looking to perfect those matchups in Game 2.



Maple Leafs projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Mitchell Marner

Leo Komarov -- Nazem Kadri -- Connor Brown

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Matt Martin -- Brian Boyle -- Kasperi Kapanen

Morgan Rielly -- Matt Hunwick

Jake Gardiner -- Roman Polak

Martin Marincin -- Connor Carrick

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Alexey Marchenko, Ben Smith, Josh Leivo

Injured: Eric Fehr (hand/arm), Nikita Soshnikov (undisclosed), Nikita Zaitsev (upper body)



Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Justin Williams

Brett Connolly -- Lars Eller -- Andre Burakovsky

Daniel Winnik -- Jay Beagle -- Tom Wilson

Karl Alzner -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Taylor Chorney, Paul Carey, Nate Schmidt

Injured: None



Status report

Zaitsev is expected to miss his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury.



Who's hot

Van Riemsdyk has four points (three goals, one assist) and 19 shots on goal in his past three games. … Williams has seven points (four goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak dating to April 4.

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EAST:
Caps Leafs in 7
Rags Habs in 7
Jackets Pens in 5
Bruins Sens in 6

WEST:
Preds Hawks in 5
Blues Wild in 7
Ducks Flames in 5
Sharks Oilers in 7


    
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April 15 2017, 4:31 PM 


 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 5:09 PM 

I expect the top-liners to make an impact in this game. I also hope Johanssson will have more luck. He was good. He's always good.

But the Caps can win a game with goals from d-men and 4th-liners. The forwards must not forget their defensive tasks, and Backstrom understands that: "Usually good defense leads to offense. So we've got to be better all over the ice and that's what we're focused on." It's a line that scores slightly more than one goal per game. Whenever they don't score a goal, it's not the end of the world; they can score three in the next game.

In general, the only thing the Caps have to do is to constantly fight for the puck. They can't watch the opponents play, and try to block shots or count on Holtby. Every time the opponents have the puck, the Caps must try their best to steal it back immediately. Once they have the puck, with their superior talent and experience good things will happen.

 
 

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April 15 2017, 5:48 PM 


 
 

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April 15 2017, 7:08 PM 


 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 7:21 PM 

Caps to the PP :21 in...

1st line never got it to Ovie, 2nd line never got it in. ES.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 7:25 PM 

Here I am, 4:30 in, and Toronto is on the PP.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 7:26 PM 

Killed, Williams skates out of the box.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 7:28 PM 

Now at 3:42 gone, Cap in the box (Williams) high stick... killed easily...

7:53 gone, Holtby his first stop and a TV timeout.


 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 7:30 PM 

Caps playing good apparently, from what I saw and from the replays.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 7:32 PM 

I jumped... wide of the net...

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 7:33 PM 

Johansson with two chances, first one a good shot, but wide on the rebound.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 7:35 PM 

I believe Holtby's first "save" was a wide shot. I think he took the puck out of the frame.

He may have to make a real save soon, though. Ovechkin to the box for embellishment.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 7:35 PM 

Ah, sorry, 4-on-4, hehe.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 7:37 PM 

The feed died for me. I refreshed it: nothing. I'll look for another.

 
 

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April 15 2017, 7:40 PM 


 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 7:41 PM 

You can use my feed if yours die, and vice versa.

Connolly had a breakaway, no luck.

 
 

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April 15 2017, 7:42 PM 

Kuznetsov to the box for holding. Caps must avoid these.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 2 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

April 15 2017, 7:45 PM 

Killed, and intense play after that. Williams with a great chance.

 
 
 
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