Capitals try to avoid elimination by Panthers


The Washington Capitals haven’t won a playoff since lifting the Stanley Cup in 2018. Tonight, they can only avoid elimination by the hands (or I’m guessing the paws?) of the City Panthers. Florida and their fourth consecutive first-round outing with a big **W in Game 6.

The Capitals will have to do it without Tom Wilson for a fifth straight game. Tom skated after arriving home on the team flight on Thursday but was ultimately unable to join morning practice earlier today.

The Capitals will look to Ilya Samsonov for his fourth consecutive start in this series. Sammy will have to be SAMsational against Sergei Bobrovsky.

Tonight’s game is on NBC Sports Washington. John Walton will have the call with Craig Laughlin while Joe Beninati is sick daily. Here are today’s Daily deals.

Pre-match reading material

Uppercase rows

Via @VogsCaps:

8-Ovechkin, 92-Kuznetsov, 73-Sheary
90-Johansson, 19-Backstrom, 77-Oshie
24-McMichael, 20-Eller, 39-Mantha
22-Larsson, 26-Dowd, 21-Hathaway

42-Fehervary, 74-Carlson
9-Orlov, 3-Jensen
57-van Riemsdyk, 2-Schultz


panther lines

Verhaeghe will play. It was a game time decision.

Via @JamesonCoop:

🔥Verhaeghe🔥 – Barkov – Giroux

Montour – Gudas


Oshie kissing the Stanley Cup banner after the warmies never gets old.

Alex Ovechkin hurt Aaron Ekblad with a big kick.

Ekblad only had 40 seconds of ice time in the first period.

The best pairing defender went down the tunnel, came back, went on the ice and immediately left him in pain again.

The Panthers finished the first period with only 4D

Nicklas Backstrom with an incredible point in front of the net. 2-1 WSH!


Goalkeeper fired. On the PP. Deflections by Mantha and Oshie to get the puck over the goal line.

Delete failed. Carter Verhaeghe scores in overtime. Completed series.

From the decision in game time to the author of the winning goal.

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