Capitals beat Maple Leafs, Predators defeat Blackhawks


"I think it's exactly what we thought it would be coming in", defenseman Brooks Orpik said.

And if they don't, maybe this team is actually cursed. "Now, they're young, but who cares?"

"What I tried to say to you before, I've lived both situations".

"They all played a lot this year so I'm not very concerned that way".

Tom Wilson scored 5:15 into overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday.

"We expect a long series against Toronto", forward Justin Williams said. "We took care of ourselves all season long and that's the big reason". The Leafs were well prepared, they're a good hockey team, their kids are exceptional talents, and they can play. "Any time the puck's in a position that you have the ability to score, don't cheat yourself and look for a better play", Trotz said. "We'll know more - guys are in right now and we'll know more for sure after they've checked in". I know we have another level, so it's great that we had the start that we had and we were able to come out on the positive end. The Anaheim Ducks should be brimming with confidence after continuing their run of home domination over the Calgary Flames.

He was a no-brainer call-up when Nikita Soshnikov went down in late March, with Leafs coach Mike Babcock explaining Kapanen would have joined the team earlier if not for missing time due to a serious ankle injury.

For too much of the first two games, the game has been played Toronto's way rather than Washington's. After taking one win on the road, the young original-six team was set to return home for two games in front of their home crowd. "We had so many opportunities to shoot and ended passing instead of shooting on the net". I've been in a ton of these series' where you're playing lots of overtime and the great thing about it is you're playing at the greatest time of year. "The best play sometimes in the playoffs is to get on net quickly and drive toward the blue paint and let's not get too cute around the net". They're totally different. People can tell you they're not, I've lived it.

"They're good guys and they're good players".

Righting the ship might be easier to do when you are a team that has won three Stanley Cup championships in the last seven years.

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It hasn't appeared to affect the group much, if at all - Kapanen, who's logged only 17 National Hockey League regular season games, the most recent example.

Ducks 3, Flames 2: Ryan Getzlaf scored the tiebreaking power-play goal with 4:46 to play on a freakish deflection off Lance Bouma's skate, and Anaheim took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

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The Capitals pulled ahead with two power-play goals in the second period.

Every person at the Verizon Center was madly ringing a cowbell Saturday night, but for the Maple Leafs it was like surviving the running of the bulls. At the same time, he's been impressively resilient, his backchecking on Ovechkin to stop a Game 2 breakaway was heroic, and the coverage on him seems to have allowed more space for his LW, James van Riemsdyk. And you've undoubtedly noticed that the Caps have been dominated in the dots through two games, winning just 42.1 percent of face offs (after a 49.8% mark during the regular season, just one-tenth of a percentage point behind Toronto).

After more than 90 minutes of hockey, Kasperi Kapanen scored the double OT victor as the Maple Leafs beat the Capitals 4-3 Saturday in the longest game of the playoffs so far. "There may be another five to go in this series".

It's not from lack of trying that the Leafs lost; Toronto did everything they could to give the game over to the Capitals. But the fact that they prevented it from happening last night bodes well for the Caps. "Those 40-plus minutes, those are hard to recover from".

Special teams have been huge for the Capitals so far in the series.

The only time the Capitals have played with the lead this series came briefly in the second period.