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Capitals open first-round series against Panthers

The Washington Capitals open the 2022 playoffs tonight as massive underdogs against the Florida Panthers. The Panthers are the best team in the NHL, winning the Presidents’ Trophy after winning 58 of 82 games this season (122 points). The Panthers are looking for their first Stanley Cup while the Capitals are looking to win their second in franchise history.

The main news coming in tonight’s game is that a big star from each team will return from injury: Alex Ovechkin for the Capitals and Aaron Ekblad for the Panthers.

Vitek Vanecek will start the series in net and face Sergei Bobrovsky.

Tonight’s game is on NBC Sports Washington. The first round is the only one Joe B and Locker get if the Capitals can advance.

Here are today’s Daily Deals.


Uppercase rows

Via @VogsCaps:

8-Ovechkin, 92-Kuznetsov, 73-Sheary
90-Johansson, 19-Backstrom, 43-Wilson
39-Mantha, 20-Eller, 77-Oshie
22-Larsson, 26-Dowd, 21-Hathaway

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


panther lines

Via @JamesonCoop:


Chiarot Montour


Tom Wilson scores first. 1-0 WSH!

After the Capitals couldn’t connect on a long 5-on-3 PP, Tom just scores as the second penalty is about to expire.

Claude Giroux scores on a big rebound in front. 2-1 FLA.

Kuzy lost a faceoff in the defensive zone, big beating from the right circle, the Caps didn’t D up and Vitek got beat.

Kuzy scores on a breakaway. DRAW!

Excellent defensive play from Ovechkin allowed Kuznetsov to march alone on Bobrovsky. G6 PGH atmosphere!

TJ Oshie gives the Caps the advantage!!! 3-2.

What a perfect pass from Nicklas Backstrom.

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