They now hold a 1-0 series lead over them.
Former Cap Connor Carrick has yet to play an National Hockey League playoff game, but clearly picked up a few things last spring going two rounds with the Marlies when he was arguably their best player. This was a damned hockey game.
Game 2 is Saturday night at Honda Center. I think everybody has contributed. "They have a young and talented team and we all know that about the Leafs".
For that to happen, though, the Leafs are going to have to go up a notch because the Capitals intend to.
Winger Justin Williams spoke for all the Caps when asked what's expected of his team in their first round series against the Leafs, given their second round crash-and-burn last spring.
St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russian Federation, celebrates while seated on the ice, after Joel Edmundson, left, scored the winning goal in overtime against Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn.
Led by captain Alexander Ovechkin, the Capitals have not only dominated the Metropolitan Division this season, but the entire Eastern Conference. "He was scanning a little bit to see what kind of options he had".
"There is a gap between first and second lines, but I don't think it's anything too insane", said the 26-year-old, who finished with a career-high 43 points.
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The credit to the Leafs is that the Capitals will need it.
It did not take long for one team to grab the early lead, but after charging the zone and getting the first shot of the series 12 seconds in, the President's Trophy winners found themselves down a goal 1:35 into the series.
-Justin Williams on whether the veteran-filled Capitals were "tight with gusts up to nervous" to start Game 1 against the Maple Leafs.
Toronto, though, didn't have to be in the situation of playing the league's best regular-season team.
The same Wilson that Toronto coach Mike Babcock had said should not distract his team in the club's first playoff encounter in four years. "And I don't think it's something that's intimidating to anybody, it's more of a fact - they have a lot on their plate, finishing where they have".
Which underlines he's ready to contribute any way he can as playoffs get underway. You have to be around the net, you have to win the battles, find the rebound, make the traffic and create those second chances.
With Fubo TV you will be able to watch on all your devices such as a computer, smartphone, tablet, Google Chromecast, Roku or even your Apple TV. "You can play good". "But I think the problem we had, and obviously I'm a victim of it too, was just not moving your feet and not skating through it". With seven minutes to go, Alex Ovechkin, who had been a non-presence throughout the game due to the hard-checking of Polak, had his best chance of the game, charging the net on a two-on-one but deflecting the incoming pass wide. Andersen was terrific all night, and he flashed the glove over and over.
The Capitals are +200 favourites to win the East.
"If you let 'em get going, then they're going and they're loose and driving", Babcock said Tuesday. I know as a pro athlete if you play in a rink and you play really bad, the next time you go to that rink it's on your mind.