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Washington Capitals’ stars Ovechkin and Holtby to appear on Jimmy Fallon live tonight at 11:35

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Alex Ovechkin on ice 2010 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Braden Holtby with mask on 2016 photo by Michael Miller - Own work via wikipedia commons

 

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NEW YORK (June 10, 2018) – 2018 Stanley Cup® Champions Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals will visit NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, June 11 (11:35 p.m. ET/PT).

The Capitals captured their first Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history.  Capitals captain Ovechkin, who led all playoff goal-scorers with 15, won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to “the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs.” Ovechkin became the second Russian-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and the fourth player born outside of North America to earn the honor.

Jimmy Fallon 2013 photo from Montclair Film Festival via wikipedia commons

Capitals goalie Holtby recorded all 16 wins in the Capitals’ championship drive, finishing with a 16-7 record, 2.16 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and two shutouts.

 

NHL 2017-18 Coach’s Challenge Tracker through Stanley Cup Playoffs

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2017-18 Regular Season

 

 

272 Coach’s Challenges | 174 upheld | 98 overturned

· 172 for goalie interference | 122 upheld | 50 overturned (42 to “no goal” / 8 to “goal”)

· 22 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 16 upheld | 6 overturned

· 62 for offside | 23 upheld | 39 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 16 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 13 upheld | 3 overturned (all to “no goal”)

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION   METROPOLITAN DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Boston 9 10 Carolina 6 5
Buffalo 4 10 Columbus 6 6
Detroit 16 10 New Jersey 4 9
Florida 12 8 NY Islanders 8 3
Montreal 5 13 NY Rangers 8 8
Ottawa 9 8 Philadelphia 8 5
Toronto 7 14 Pittsburgh 5 13
Tampa Bay 7 10 Washington 5 8

 

CENTRAL DIVISION   PACIFIC DIVISION
Team Requested Opposing Team Requested Opposing
Chicago 5 7 Anaheim 4 7
Colorado 7 15 Arizona 12 4
Dallas 5 7 Calgary 6 6
Minnesota 12 12 Edmonton 2 8
Nashville 5 18 Los Angeles 9 13
St. Louis 8 4 San Jose 10 7
Winnipeg 10 4 Vancouver 7 10
      Vegas 13 10

*Requested column does not include challenges initiated by Situation Room

 

SITUATION ROOM INITIATED CHALLENGES – 38

In the final minute of play in the third period and at any point in overtime (regular season and playoffs), Hockey Operations initiates the review of any scenario that would otherwise be subject to a Coach’s Challenge. This process has been initiated for the following teams:

 

Atlantic: Boston (2), Buffalo (2), Detroit (3), Florida (3), Montreal, Tampa Bay

Metropolitan: Carolina (2), Columbus, New Jersey, NY Islanders (3), NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Washington

Central: Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville (2), Winnipeg

Pacific: Anaheim, Arizona (4), Calgary (2), Edmonton, San Jose, Vancouver, Vegas

 

OVERTURNED

Teams to either have their goal taken down or counted based on a challenge of any sort.

 

Call changed from “goal” to “no goal” – 90
Atlantic: Boston (2), Buffalo (2), Detroit (4), Florida, Montreal (7), Ottawa (4), Tampa Bay (2), Toronto (4)

Metropolitan: Carolina (2), Columbus (2), New Jersey (2), NY Rangers (2), Philadelphia (2), Pittsburgh (4), Washington

Central: Chicago (2), Colorado (6), Dallas (3), Minnesota (6), Nashville (4), Winnipeg (4)

Pacific: Anaheim (3), Arizona, Calgary (3), Edmonton (5), Los Angeles (6), San Jose (3), Vancouver (2), Vegas

 

Call changed from “no goal” to “goal” – 8

Atlantic: Boston, Detroit (2), Florida, Ottawa

Metropolitan: Philadelphia
Central:
Pacific:
Arizona, Calgary

 

 

2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

 

 

18 Coach’s Challenges | 12 upheld | 6 overturned

· 13 for goalie interference | 11 upheld | 2 overturned (1 to “no goal” / 1 to “goal”)

· 1 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 0 upheld | 1 overturned

· 3 for offside | 0 upheld | 3 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 1 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 1 upheld | 0 overturned (all to “no goal”)

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Team Requested Opposing
Boston 1  
Columbus 2 1
New Jersey 1  
Philadelphia   1
Pittsburgh 2 1
Tampa Bay   1
Toronto   1
Washington 2 3

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Team Requested Opposing
Anaheim   1
Colorado 2 2
Los Angeles    
Minnesota    
Nashville 2 2
San Jose 1 2
Vegas 2 3
Winnipeg 1  

 

SITUATION ROOM INITIATED CHALLENGES – 2

In the final minute of play in the third period and at any point in overtime (regular season and playoffs), Hockey Operations initiates the review of any scenario that would otherwise be subject to a Coach’s Challenge. This process has been initiated for the following teams:

 

East: Washington

West: San Jose

 

OVERTURNED

Teams to either have their goal taken down or counted based on a challenge of any sort.

 

On-ice call changed from “goal” to “no goal” – 5
East: Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington

West: Anaheim, Vegas

 

On-ice call changed from “no goal” to “goal” – 1

East:
West:
Winnipeg

 

 

Capitals’ Ovechkin wins Conn Smythe Trophy as Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP

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LAS VEGAS (June 7, 2018) Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was named the 2018 Conn Smythe Trophy winner. Awarded to “the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs,” Ovechkin was selected the winner in a vote by a panel of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Ovechkin was the League-leader in goals during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 15 and finished second in scoring during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 27 points (15-12-27).

 

Ovechkin becomes the second Russian-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and the fourth player born outside of North America to earn the honor (Evgeni Malkin, Russia, 2009; Henrik Zetterberg, Sweden, 2008; Nicklas Lidstrom, Sweden, 2002).

All-time Conn Smythe Trophy Winners

 

 

NHL Morning Skate for Friday, June 8, 2018: Ovechkin, Capitals finally capture Lord Stanley’s Cup

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CAPITALS WIN FIRST STANLEY CUP IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller scored 2:31 apart midway through the third period as the Capitals rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the final frame to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The milestone victory came in the franchise’s 43rd season of competition and their 3,701st game (regular-season and playoff) since joining the NHL in 1974-75.

The Capitals ended the second-longest wait for an NHL team before winning its first Stanley Cup. The Los Angeles Kings captured the 2012 Stanley Cup in their 44th campaign. The Capitals’ win also ended a championship drought for fans of metro D.C. pro sports teams, who hadn’t celebrated a championship since Washington’s NFL team won the Super Bowl in 1992.

 

Smith-Pelly, who posted the game-winner in Game 4, tallied for the third consecutive game — a first in his NHL career. It was his seventh goal of the playoffs (24 GP) after scoring seven times during the regular season (75 GP). Eller, meanwhile, tallied his third game-winner of the postseason, the most among all Capitals players. His first came in double overtime at Columbus in Game 3 of the First Round when Washington trailed the series 2-0; he notched his second in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at Tampa Bay when center Nicklas Backstrom was sidelined by injury. As a result of his heroics, Eller (Rodovre, DEN) will become the first Danish player to have his name inscribed onto the famous trophy.

 

KINGS OF THE NARRATIVE

Washington’s come-from-behind, Cup-clinching win capped a thrilling roller-coaster playoff ride for the team and its fans. Over the course of the past two months, the Capitals overcame a pair of home overtime losses to start the postseason in the First Round against the Blue Jackets; vanquished the Penguins, who had eliminated Washington in each of their past seven playoff series and in nine of 10 series overall; rallied from a three-game losing streak to defeat the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final, including a road win in Game 7; and topped former Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and the Golden Knights in the Final.

 

OVECHKIN WINS CONN SMYTHE TROPHY

Captain Alex Ovechkin, who led all playoff goal-scorers with 15 and ranked second in points to teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov with 15-12—27 (24 GP), won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to “the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs.” The winner was selected in a vote by a panel of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

A Moscow native, Ovechkin is the second Russian-born winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy since it was first handed out in 1965, joining Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (Magnitogorsk) in 2009. The only other Conn Smythe Trophy winners born outside North America are Nicklas Lidstrom(Vasteras, Sweden) in 2002 with the Red Wings and Henrik Zetterberg (Njurunda, Sweden) in 2008 with the Red Wings.

 

Ovechkin, who has worn the ‘C’ as the team’s leader since 2010, also makes history as the first Russian captain to hoist the Stanley Cup and just the third from outside North America, joining Lidstrom in 2008 and Zdeno Chara (Trencin, Slovakia) in 2011 with the Bruins.

 

Ovechkin capped a milestone season by winning the Stanley Cup in his first trip to the Final. The 2017-18 regular season saw Ovechkin achieve career milestones in goals (600) and games played (1,000). His 13th NHL campaign also saw him reach the 40-goal mark for the ninth time – outdoors at the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series in Annapolis, Md., on March 3 – en route to capturing his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.

 

Ovechkin’s 15 playoff goals led the NHL and set a single-year franchise record. Only one NHL player since 1997 has potted as many goals in a single postseason: Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby in 2009 (15) en route to winning the Stanley Cup.

 

His postseason goal haul included a pair of game-winners. His goal at 18:53 of the third period gave the Capitals a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh in Game 3 and a 2-1 lead in their Second Round series. He also scored the winning goal (at 1:02 of the first period) in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at Tampa Bay. It marked the second-earliest decisive goal in a Game 7, behind only Montreal’s Jean Beliveau (0:14) in the 1965 Stanley Cup Finalvs. Chicago.

 

Ovechkin (607-515—1,122 in 1,003 GP) is the third player in NHL history to score 600 career regular-season goals before hoisting his first Stanley Cup. Luc Robitaille won the Cup with the Red Wings in 2002 after compiling 620 goals, while Dave Andreychuk captained the Lightning to a championship in 2004 after scoring 634 times.

ROAD MASTERS

The Capitals, who improved to 10-3 away from Capital One Arena, tied an NHL record with their 10th road victory of the postseason. They matched the 1995 Devils (10-1), 2000 Devils (10-2) and 2012 Kings (10‑1), all of whom won the Stanley Cup. The 2004 Flames (10-4) also won 10 road games, but ultimately lost in the Stanley Cup Final (4-3 L vs. TBL). Washington also became the third team to post all four series-clinching victories on the road, joining the 2008 Red Wings and 2009 Penguins.

 

Road teams finished the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 44-40 record (.524), the third-best percentage by visiting clubs in the 50 seasons in the expansion era (1968-2018). The only seasons with a better win percentage by road teams were 2012 (.547, 47-39) and 1987 (.529, 46-41).

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Washington also became the second team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup despite trailing in all four playoff rounds. They had trailed 2-0 in the First Round vs. CBJ, 1-0 in the Second Round vs. PIT, 3-2 in the Conference Finals vs. TBL and 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final vs. VGK. The 1991 Penguins also faced a series deficit in each round, eventually defeating the North Stars in the Stanley Cup Final (4-2 W).

 

In addition, the Capitals became the seventh team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup despite losing their first two games of the postseason.

 

KUZNETSOV TOPS PLAYOFF SCORERS

Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov led all scorers in the Stanley Cup Final with 1-7—8 and the playoffs overall with 12-20—32 (24 GP), the second-highest point total in a single postseason since 1997. Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin notched 14-22—36 in his Stanley Cup-winning 2009 campaign.

 

Kuznetsov (Chelyabinsk, Russia) becomes the third Russian player to lead the NHL in postseason scoring during the League’s modern era (since 1943-44), joining Detroit’s Sergei Fedorov (Pskov, Russia) in 1995 and Evgeni Malkin (Magnitogorsk, Russia) in 2009 and 2017.

 

Kuznetsov set a franchise playoff record with an 11-game point streak (May 3-28: 6-10—16) that ended in Game 2 of the Final. He then collected four assists in Game 4, tying a single-game Stanley Cup Final record achieved by 11 other players. The last: Colorado’s Joe Sakic in Game 2 of the 1996 Final vs. FLA (8-1 W).

 

CARLSON SETS FRANCHISE SCORING MARK

Playing in his 100th career playoff game, all with the Capitals, John Carlson (0-1—1) increased his career playoff totals to 18-37—55, surpassing Calle Johansson (12-42—54 in 95 GP) for the most postseason points by a defenseman in Capitals history. Carlson also owns the franchise playoff record for goals by a blueliner (18) and ranks third in assists by a defenseman (37), behind Scott Stevens (44) and Johansson (42).

 

Carlson, who led NHL blueliners with 15-53—68 during the regular season, also topped all defensemen during the playoffs with 5-15—20 – franchise records for assists and points by a blueliner in a single postseason.

HOLTBY HOLDS THE FORT
Starting the playoffs as the backup goaltender for Games 1 and 2 of the First Round series against Columbus, Braden Holtby won four consecutive starts to eliminate the Blue Jackets and went on to record all 16 wins in the Capitals’ championship drive. Holtby finished with a 16-7 record, 2.16 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and two shutouts.

 

Many will view his spectacular, lunging save to deny Vegas forward Alex Tuch and preserve a 3-2 Washington lead with two minutes remaining in Game 2 as the turning point in the Stanley Cup Final. After “The Save,” the Capitals closed out Game 2 and captured Games 3 through 5 as well, outscoring Vegas 13-6 in that span.

 

ORPIK A MULTIPLE CUP WINNER

Every Capitals player captured his first Stanley Cup with the exception of defenseman Brooks Orpik, who notched his second. Orpik was a member of the 2009 champion Penguins alongside Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

 

TROTZ CELEBRATES FIRST CUP WIN

Highlighting his 20 years in the NHL as one of the League’s most successful coaches, Washington’s Barry Trotz is a Stanley Cup champion for the first time. Trotz made his NHL debut as head coach of the expansion Predators in 1998 and was behind the bench for each of their first 15 seasons. Finishing his fourth season with Washington, Trotz ranks fifth on the NHL’s all-time head coaching list in regular-season games (1,524) and wins (762).

 

CAPITALS POST RARE WIN STREAK

The Capitals posted four consecutive wins after dropping Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, marking the first time in 16 years that any team had posted a four-game winning streak in the Final. The last club to accomplish the feat was the 2002 Red Wings, who won the series in five games after dropping the opener to the Hurricanes.

 

For the Golden Knights, it marked the first time they suffered a fourth straight loss in the 102 games (regular season and playoffs) they contested over their magical inaugural season.

 

TURNING ON THE POWER

The Capitals went 1-for-4 on the power play in Game 5, finishing the playoffs with a conversion rate of 29.3% this postseason (22-for-75). Among teams with at least 60 opportunities, only three have converted at a higher rate during a single playoff year since the League officially began tracking power-play percentage in 1977-78: the 1981 New York Islanders (37.8%, 31-for-82), 1982 Islanders (29.9%, 23-for-77) and 1994 Toronto Maple Leafs (29.7%, 22-for-74).

SMITH SETS SCORING MARK FOR INAUGURAL PLAYOFF TEAM
Reilly Smith (1-1—2) ended the playoffs as the Golden Knights scoring leader and holder of the NHL record for most points by a player in his team’s inaugural playoff season (5-17—22). The line of Smith, Jonathan Marchessault (8-13—21) and William Karlsson (7-8—15), Vegas’ top three point-producers, combined for 20-38—58 and five game-winning goals during the playoffs (20 GP).

 

POKER STAR, VEGAS FAN NEGREANU JOINS STANLEY CUP LIVE

Ahead of Game 5, the latest episode of Stanley Cup Live featured professional poker player and Vegas Golden Knights fan Daniel Negreanu, the fuzziest Golden Knights fan Bark-Andre Furry, a giant Stanley Cup cake, and appearances from Thunder from Down Under and Fantasy Girls. The pre-game festivities in Las Vegas also featured a concert by Panic! At The Disco from The Fountains of Bellagio.

* Meanwhile, tens of thousands gathered inside and around Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., more than 2,400 miles away from where Game 5 was played, to watch the historic finish and celebrate the city’s first championship in more than a quarter-century.

QUICK CLICKS

· Capitals win Stanley Cup, defeat Golden Knights in Game 5 of Final (via Dan Rosen)
· Alex Ovechkin wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP with Capitals (via Tom Gulitti)
· Nicklas Backstrom gets Stanley Cup first from Alex Ovechkin after Capitals win
· Alex Ovechkin career timeline: Draft through Stanley Cup
· Capitals’ Stanley Cup win has fans celebrating in streets
· Capitals’ good-luck charm Addy Flint shares news before Game 5 of Final (via Tom Gulitti)
· Jaromir Jagr shows up in Vegas, lauds Alex Ovechkin‘s play in Stanley Cup Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Pre-game Notes: Capitals up 3-1 on Vegas

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Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights

 

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Game 5 Officials

The referees for today’s game are Marc Joannette (#25) and Wes McCauley (4). The linesmen are Jonny Murray (#95) and Matt MacPherson(#83).

Game 5 Trends
* The Golden Knights went 2-0 in Game 5 en route to the Stanley Cup Final, defeating San Jose at T-Mobile Arena in the Second Round and clinching the Western Conference Final at Winnipeg. The Capitals are 2-1 in Game 5, recording home wins over Columbus in the First Round (overtime) and Pittsburgh in the Second Round before losing at Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Final.

* Teams that take a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win the series 90.8% of the time (276-28 in 304 series), with the success rate increasing to 97.0% in the Final (32-1 in 33 series). The Capitals have won 58.3% of series in which they won three of the first four games (7-5 in 12 series). The rest of the NHL owns an all-time series record of 269-23 (92.1% in 292 series) when leading 3-1 in a best-of-seven series.

 

* The Golden Knights, who face elimination for the first time, aim to become the 16th team to force a Game 6 when trailing 3-1 in the Final. The last team to do so in any series was the Toronto Maple Leafs in the First Round this year against the Boston Bruins; the Bruins went on to win in seven games.

 

* The Capitals (9-3 away from Capital One Arena) can match an NHL record with their 10th road victory. Only four teams in NHL history have earned more road wins than Washington in a single playoff year, three of which captured the Stanley Cup: the 1995 Devils (10-1), 2000 Devils (10-2) and 2012 Kings (10‑1). The 2004 Flames (10-4) also won 10 road games, but ultimately lost in the Stanley Cup Final (4-3 L vs. TBL).

 

* The Golden Knights, meanwhile, are a League-leading 7-2 on home ice this postseason. Only one other team in NHL history has recorded seven home wins during its first-ever playoff appearance: the 1996 Florida Panthers (in their third season) went 7-4 at home to reach the Final.

 

Capitals Notes

* The Capitals – who fell behind 2-0 in the First Round vs. CBJ, 1-0 in the Second Round vs. PIT, 3-2 in the Conference Finals vs. TBL and 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final vs. VGK – are attempting to become the second team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup despite trailing in all four playoff rounds. The 1991 Penguins also faced a series deficit in each round, eventually defeating the North Stars in the Stanley Cup Final (4-2 W).

 

* The Capitals went 3-for-5 on the power play in Game 4, raising their conversion rate to 29.6% this postseason (21-for-71). Among teams with at least 60 opportunities, only three have converted at a higher rate during a single playoff year since the League officially began tracking power-play percentage in 1977-78: the 1981 New York Islanders (37.8%, 31-for-82), 1982 Islanders (29.9%, 23-for-77) and 1994 Toronto Maple Leafs (29.7%, 22-for-74).

 

* Captain Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring in Game 3 with his 14th goal of the playoffs, matching Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele for the League lead and also tying John Druce’s (1990) single-year franchise record. Only one NHL player since 1997 has potted more goals in a single postseason: Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby in 2009 (15) en route to winning the Stanley Cup.

 

* Ovechkin became the 34th player in League history to register 60 career playoff goals. Only three other active NHLers have reached the milestone: Patrick Marleau (72), Crosby (66) and Evgeni Malkin (62). Ovechkin’s average of 0.50 goals per playoff game (60 G in 120 GP) ranks ninth in NHL history among players with at least 100 postseason appearances.

 

* Ovechkin has 33 goals in 56 career games (regular season and playoffs) against Golden Knights netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, his second-highest total versus any NHL goaltender behind the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (35 in 71 GP).

 

* Ovechkin, who eclipsed 600 goals and 1,000 games during the regular season (607-515—1,122 in 1,003 GP), is making his Stanley Cup Finaldebut in his 13th NHL season. Only one player has scored more regular-season goals prior to making his Stanley Cup Final debut: Dave Andreychuk, who had 634 goals when he played for the Lightning – and ultimately won the championship – in 2004.

 

* Forward Evgeny Kuznetsov collected four assists in Game 4, tying a single-game Stanley Cup Final record achieved by 11 other players. The last: Colorado’s Joe Sakic in Game 2 of the 1996 Final vs. FLA (8-1 W). Kuznetsov’s four assists also equaled a Capitals’ single-game playoff record, achieved by Scott Stevens in Game 6 of the 1988 Patrick Division Final at NJD (7-2 W) and Andrei Nikolishin in Game 3 of the 1998 Eastern Conference Final at BUF (4-3 OT W).

 

* Kuznetsov leads the playoffs with 12-19—31 (23 GP), tied for the second-highest point total in a single postseason since 1997. Pittsburgh teammates Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby notched 14-22—36 and 15-16—31, respectively, in their Stanley Cup-winning 2009 campaign.

 

* Kuznetsov (Chelyabinsk, Russia) and Ovechkin (Moscow, Russia, 14-12—26) rank 1-2 in playoff scoring. Only two Russian-born players have led the NHL in postseason scoring during the League’s modern era (since 1943-44): Detroit’s Sergei Fedorov (Pskov, Russia) in 1995 and Malkin (Magnitogorsk, Russia) in 2009 and 2017.

 

* Kuznetsov, who set a franchise playoff record with an 11-game point streak (May 3-28: 6-10—16) that ended in Game 2, has 23-36—59 in his past 41 outings (regular season and playoffs) dating to Feb. 24.

 

John Carlson scored in the second period of Game 4 to boost his career playoff totals (all w/ WSH) to 18-36—54 (99 GP), matching Calle Johansson (12-42—54 in 95 GP) for the most postseason points by a defenseman in Capitals history. Carlson also owns the franchise playoff record for goals by a blueliner (18) and ranks third in assists by a defenseman (36), behind Scott Stevens (44) and Johansson (42).

 

* Carlson, who led NHL blueliners with 15-53—68 during the regular season, paces all defensemen with 5-14—19 during the playoffs – franchise records for assists and points by a blueliner in a single postseason.

 

* Goaltender Braden Holtby is 44-37 in 81 career playoff appearances (all w/ WSH), compiling a 2.03 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and six shutouts. That is the second-highest save percentage and fifth-best goals-against average in NHL postseason history among goaltenders with at least 50 outings.

 

* Forward Devante Smith-Pelly posted the winning goal in Game 4, his second tally in as many games and sixth of the playoffs (23 GP) after scoring seven times during the regular season (75 GP). Smith-Pelly has registered one other winning goal this postseason, the series-clincher in Game 6 of the First Round at CBJ.

 

Golden Knights Notes

* The expansion Golden Knights are seeking to become the first NHL, MLB, NBA or NFL team to win a championship in its inaugural season – excluding the first year of a league’s existence – since the 1950 Cleveland Browns captured the NFL Championship. The NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers (1948-49) and Baltimore Bullets (1947-48) also won the title in their respective first seasons.

 

* The Golden Knights are the first expansion team in 50 years from the NHL, MLB, NBA or NFL to even reach the championship series or game in its inaugural season. The 1967-68 Blues were the last to accomplish the feat, emerging from the NHL’s all-expansion West Division to advance to the Stanley Cup Final (where they ultimately lost to the Canadiens in four straight games).

 

* The Golden Knights have recorded three consecutive losses for just the fourth time in 101 games (regular season and playoffs). The other three instances, all during the regular season: Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 (0-3-0), Nov. 28 – Dec. 1 (0-3-0) and Feb. 26 – March 2 (0-2-1). They have not lost four consecutive games at any point in 2017-18.

 

* Forward Jonathan Marchessault has registered half of his team-leading eight playoff goals in games following a loss, scoring in three of five such contests for a total of four goals and eight points. In the Second Round vs. SJS, Marchessault collected 1-2—3 in Game 3, including an assist on William Karlsson’s overtime goal that gave Vegas a 2-1 series lead. In Game 5 against the Sharks, he posted 1‑1—2, including a late insurance goal to give the Golden Knights a two-goal advantage. Marchessault then scored twice in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at WPG, including the winning goal, as the club rallied for four straight victories to clinch the series.

 

Marchessault collected one assist in Game 1 vs. WSH, giving him 8-11—19 in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. That established a record for a player with a franchise in its first-ever postseason, surpassing the Islanders’ Jude Drouin in 1975 (6-12—18) and Sharks’ Igor Larionov in 1994 (5‑13—18). Marchessault and Reilly Smith are currently tied for the team lead in playoff scoring (Marchessault, 8-12—20; Smith, 4-16—20).

 

* The line of Marchessault (8-12—20), Smith (4-16—20) and William Karlsson (7-8—15), featuring Vegas’ top three point-producers, has combined for 19-36—55 and five game-winning goals during the playoffs (19 GP).

 

* Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed two or fewer goals in 10 of his 19 postseason appearances this year, compiling a 13-6 record with a 2.15 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and four shutouts. That includes a 7-2 clip at home, where he has a 1.91 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and two shutouts.

 

* Already a three-time Stanley Cup champion (w/ PIT), Fleury is the 19th goaltender in NHL history to represent multiple teams in the Final. The last netminder to do so was Dominik Hasek, who backstopped the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup win in 2002 after playing in the Final with the Blackhawks (1992) and Sabres (1999).

 

* Fleury, who registered every win during Pittsburgh’s championship run in 2009, can become the 11th goaltender in NHL history to have his name on the Stanley Cup at least four times – and the fourth of that group to win with multiple clubs. He also can become the first goaltender in League history, and eighth player regardless of position, to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive years with different teams – and first since Cory Stillman did so in 2004 with the Lightning and 2006 with the Hurricanes.

 

* Skating in his 97th NHL contest (regular season and playoffs), forward Tomas Nosek (2-0—2) registered his first career multi-goal performance and winning goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Vegas acquired the 25-year-old Pardubice, Czech Republic, native from Detroit in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. He originally signed with the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

 

* Nosek also provided the heroics in Game 1 of last year’s Calder Cup Final, scoring the winning goal for the Grand Rapids Griffins with 13.9 seconds remaining in regulation (vs. SYR). He led the Griffins, and ranked third in the AHL, with 10-12—22 in the playoffs en route to winning the Calder Cup.

 

* Nosek became the 10th Golden Knights player with a game-winning goal in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, one shy of the NHL postseason record last accomplished by the 2017 Predators.

 

 

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