The Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals series is all tied up at 2-2 and is back at the Verizon Center for Friday night’s Game Five.
I’m not an NHL coach, but a key strategy to the game could be for the Capitals to take an early lead and this time actually hold on to it. But who knows. The Maple Leafs and the Capitals have both scored 14 goals and both have won two games. The slate is wiped clean. Now is the time for the Capitals to take charge.
Puck drop is a touch past 7 PM on CSN. As usual, Pete will have your recap.
The series is tied 2-2.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||55-19-8||53.2%||103.0||23.1% (4th)||83.8% (7th)|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||40-27-15||50.9%||98.6||23.8% (2nd)||82.5% (10th)|
No changes in the lineup, but Chandler Stephenson has been called up from Hershey (just in case) and Karl Alzner is back taking the morning skate with his team. Alzner has been out with a super secret upper-body injury.
The good boys:
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Oshie
Johansson – Kuznetsov – Williams
Burakovsky – Eller – Wilson
Winnik – Beagle – Connolly
Schmidt – Carlson
Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Shattenkirk
No changes for the bad boys:
Hyman – Matthews – Nylander
Komarov – Kadri – Brown
JVR – Bozak – Marner
Martin – Boyle – Kapanen
Hunwick – Rielly
Gardiner – Zaitsev
Marincin – Carrick
— #StandWithUs (@NashvilleJack97) April 21, 2017
Washington is 13-22 all time in Game 5s, 9-13 at home, 5-9 when tied.
— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) April 21, 2017
They are done. The trash has been taken out. The floor has been swept clean. The tweets and memes were in full force.
Fun fact: The Blackhawks have three of the NHL’s top 100 players ever and none of them finished in the top 100 of playoff scoring this year.
— Dumb Bozo (@davelozo) April 21, 2017
NHL Media: The Chicago Blackhawks are unstoppable.
P.K. Subban: pic.twitter.com/X4nAX0fTAC
— Hockey Wilderness (@hockeywildernes) April 21, 2017
The Blackhawks played a playoff series and their lone even-strength goal came from Dennis Rasmussen.
Definitely saw that coming!
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 21, 2017
HOCKEY TWITTER WHEN THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS GET SWEPT IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE 2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS pic.twitter.com/S6nlpfCnX1
— Lornaaa (@lornasture) April 21, 2017
I know flags fly forever but the Blackhawks should be stripped of at least one of their titles for getting their asses whooped this badly.
— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) April 21, 2017
the blackhawks have literally lost every playoff game I’ve seen them play. 😂😂
Game 7 last year and a sweep this year. you’re welcome nhl. pic.twitter.com/3IadL0UeHd
— Tony X. (@soIoucity) April 21, 2017
Hawks just got swept in round 1 💀😂 pic.twitter.com/4QJUbLyuW1
— NHL Chirps (@nhlchirpz) April 21, 2017
Looks like Chicago should have went with a different slogan this postseason. pic.twitter.com/r7FhVDPkeD
— collin mehalick (@collin) April 21, 2017
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