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ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs (L 3-4 OT)

April 17 2017 at 4:41 PM

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https://www.nhl.com/news/washington-capitals-toronto-maple-leafs-game-3-preview/c-288866818

5 Keys: Capitals at Maple Leafs, Game 3
Washington defenseman Karl Alzner game-time decision; Nikita Zaitsev returns to Toronto lineup
by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent
2:22 PM Share

CAPITALS at MAPLE LEAFS

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports 2, CSN-DC

Best-of-7 series is tied 1-1

After splitting the first two games at Verizon Center, the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs resume their Eastern Conference First Round series at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

The Maple Leafs tied the series when Kasperi Kapanen scored 11:53 into the second overtime for a 4-3 win Saturday. Kapanen became first Maple Leafs player to score an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since Travis Green's double-OT goal in Game 6 of the 2003 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Game 3 will be the first playoff game in Toronto since May 12, 2013, when the Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 in Game 6 of their first-round series.

Here are 5 keys for Game 3:



1. Alzner's streak in question, Zaitsev returns

Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner missed the morning skate for maintenance and will be a game-time decision. He has played 540 consecutive regular-season games since Oct. 8, 2010, the fifth-longest active streak in the NHL, and 59 straight playoff games.

"Karl's an important player," defenseman Matt Niskanen said. "He defends really well, especially down low around the net. He's important on our penalty kill. He's a good player for us."


Alzner blasts one by Miller

00:00:50 • January 14th, 2016

Maple Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev is back after missing the first two games of the series because of an upper-body injury. He played all 82 regular-season games.

"It's nice to get Zaitsev back, it's an opportunity for him," coach Mike Babcock said. "He's been a real good player for us all year. He's ultra-competitive, he moves the puck. He plays on the power play, the penalty kill. He's an important guy for us."



2. Improved even-strength production

The Capitals have six goals in the first two games but three have come on the power play. Forward Alex Ovechkin said more emphasis is needed on obstructing Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen's view.

"We have to make more traffic in front of the goalie because we didn't go a lot in the middle of the ice in front of the net," Ovechkin said. "We know we can be better in the offensive zone."



3. Auston Matthews must get going

Matthews' 40 regular-season goals were a Maple Leafs rookie record and tied for second in the League behind Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby's 44. However, Matthews does not have a point in the series.


Matthews' power-play goal

01:02 • April 1st, 2017



4. Fourth-line production

In Game 1, Capitals fourth-line right wing Tom Wilson scored in overtime to give them a 3-2 win. The Maple Leafs' fourth line responded in Game 2 when Kapanen scored twice, including in overtime, and Brian Boyle and Matt Martin each had two assists.

Martin had nine points (five goals, four assists) in 82 regular-season games while Boyle had three assists in 21 games after being acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 27.

"We want to obviously contribute more than we did in the regular season and be a big factor in the playoffs," Martin said. "Seeing [Kapanen] get two goals was pretty special and hopefully we'll continue to play some strong hockey. Most of all it's playing with energy, being physical and having heavy shifts. That's how we got both of our goals and we need to continue to play that way."



Kapanen on double OT winner

00:55 • April 15th, 2017



5. Stay out of the penalty box

The Capitals power play has been lethal through the first two games, scoring three times on eight opportunities (37.5 percent) to lead the League. Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman, a key penalty killer, said the best way to contain the Capitals' power play is to not give them opportunities.

"They're a great team, they have great players, great offensive weapons," he said. "If you give them chances they're going to be able to put it in the net. Calls are going to be made. It's tough but we have to be a little bit more disciplined for sure."



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

Nate Schmidt -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

Scratched: Paul Carey, Taylor Chorney

Injured: Karl Alzner (undisclosed)



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

Matt Hunwick -- Morgan Rielly

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Martin Marincin -- Connor Carrick

Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Alexey Marchenko, Ben Smith, Josh Leivo

Injured: Roman Polak (lower body), Eric Fehr (hand/arm), Nikita Soshnikov (undisclosed)



Status report

If Alzner cannot play, Schmidt will appear in his first game since April 9. "He's a really good player," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "We're real fortunate to have a guy that's played in our top six all year who got bumped down to seven."… Fehr participated in the morning skate but will not play.



    
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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 5:58 PM 

I'll go to sleep now and try to wake up for the third period. Let's go, Caps!

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 7:11 PM 

Isabelle Khurshudyan‏Verified account @ikhurshudyan 3m3 minutes ago
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Karl Alzner is not playing tonight because of an upper-body injury. He's day to day.

Isabelle Khurshudyan‏Verified account @ikhurshudyan 3m3 minutes ago
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This is the first game Alzner has missed in seven years.

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Had Alzner played tonight, would've been 600th consecutive game for him (including playoffs). Schmidt will draw in now.

Leafs feed:

http://www.vipbox.bz/ice-hockey/435194/1/toronto-maple-leafs-vs-washington-capitals-live-stream-online.html

anthems...

I won't be posting much, just scores and BIG events...

game on!

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 7:21 PM 

4 on 4 early... Backstrom!

1-0 Caps 2:43 in...

Still looking for a feed that's not choppy, can't seem to find the Comcast feed...

http://www.vipbox.bz/ice-hockey/424206/2/washington-capitals-vs-san-jose-sharks-live-stream-online.html

Ovechkin!!

2-0 4:49 in...

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 7:33 PM 

Cannot find the Comcast stream, getting audio fine but video is couple of frames and stop...

8:36 left 1st... suddenly at 8:05 the stream smooths out, and they cut away for a timeout. lol

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 7:38 PM 

Turns into a big hitting game... Matthews scores. Shot bounced off Schmidt, landed right in front of the net for Matthews.

2-1

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 7:51 PM 

Goal was at 5:52 left 1st, feed is back to crap video...

Leafs get an easy 2 on 1... Holtby BIG save on the shot... good save Andersen at 2:31 left... great shift by the Caps, Backstrom wide open whiffs on a shot... icing Leafs at 1:19 left... SOGs are 10-7 Leafs...

2-1 Caps, end 1st.

At least they played for the first 5:00.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 8:17 PM 

Very slight stat edge to the Caps, but they need to do much better jimo...

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... 15:12 Caps get a little 2 on 1, but Andersen stops the Ovie shot...

Matthews tips one, but it goes just wide...

3-2 Caps!!! Johansson shoots, rebound right to Kuz!!!

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 8:31 PM 

Caps get a 5 on 3 PP at 13:08 left 2nd... it's killed... and as it ends, Leafs get a 2 on 0 break coming out of the box, Holtby comes all the way out to the blue line and just beasts them to the puck... and that was actually too many on the ice for the Leafs, so more PP for Caps...

and killed.

Big chances to put the game away, just wasted. Sad.


 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 8:34 PM 

And the Leafs score on a great shift.

3-2 4:47 left 2nd.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 8:47 PM 

Almost Kuz at 1:19, but Andersen is too much... Andersen at 1:03... and Toronto comes down and ties the game.

3-3 with :39.3 left 2nd.


 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 8:50 PM 

Holtby got the original shot, but Bura took him out of the play and Nylander had an open net on the rebound.

3-3, end 2nd.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 9:49 PM 

Caps had 4 guys behind the net as that goal set up- just atrocious D. No one picked up the trailer.

I'm getting discouraged since I work tomorrow, and it's already late for me... but I'll try to make it to the end of reg...

3rd on.

16:26 left reg, Shattenkirk sends one over the glass... Leafs to the PP...

killed... 10:06, Leafs to the PP again... Holtby 2 HUGE saves already... stream has completely lost video, not the sound is intermittent... killed...

5:47 left reg, from what I can tell... Kuz hits iron at 4:10... 2:35... 4 on 4 coming up, 2:32 left...

1:10... 5 on 5... at :15.7, Eller high sticks a guy... Leafs to the PP...

OT.

Leafs have 1:45 PP coming... Caps with 3 SOGs in the 3rd.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs

April 17 2017, 9:59 PM 

Ok, I'm here for ONE OT, or until Marc shows up...

OT on... puck out of play, :38 left in the PK for Caps... cleared...

Bozak wins it, :08 left in the penalty.

4-3 Leafs.

 
 

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Re: ECQF Game 3 at Toronto Maple Leafs (L 3-4 OT)

April 18 2017, 5:41 AM 

I woke up several times and checked the score on my phone. 2-0 Caps, then 2-1 at first intermission. Slept until second intermission, 3-3. I was too sleepy to start my laptop and watch. I woke up again about an hour after the end of the game, 3-4. Not a big surprise. I went back to sleep.

So the Caps started great with Backstrom and Ovechkin, but it was on their first two shots on goal. It was already a sign: only 2 shots on goal in about 5 minutes, and only one more attempt, a missed shot by Niskanen.

Then Matthews scored. Only goals by superstars in the first.

So a third game going to overtime. A pretty even series, and in overtime it's anyone's game, one mistake and it's over.

Anyway, Caps must not panic. They lost one at home, they have to win one in Toronto. Not this one, so it will absolutely have to be tomorrow. They can't afford to face elimination in the last 3 games, so it is a must win. And in regulation, please. In a clear way.

Since all three games went to overtime, it could have been 3-0 Caps or 3-0 Leafs right now. They must stop playing with fire. Take a lead and keep it at all cost.


    
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