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Capitals and Bruins win in National Hockey League playoffs

May 25 2017, 08:50 | Van Peters

The Leafs fell to 6-16 in team history in Game 6 when they had been trailing 3-2 in a series.

Ovechkin went down at 17:32 of the first period when a hip check from Kadri made contact with his left knee.

Not long after, Andersen calmly slid across his crease to deny Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. That led to another overtime and Williams' heroics. Johansson ended the six-game series at 6:31 of OT after knotting the score with 7:09 left in regulation.

The goaltender, Frederik Andersen, has a 2.85 goals-against average and.905 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Kings fired Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi almost two weeks ago in a remarkable housecleaning after the regular season ended without a playoff berth.

The Maple Leafs have been to the dance. "I think it's good for us that we got a start where everything didn't just go smoothly".

We've entered the third season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1.

Caps goal: Marcus Johansson from Lars Eller and Brooks Orpik at 12:49 in the 3rd period.

Often, it was a struggle just to get the puck in the offensive zone and Toronto finished the night empty on four man-advantage opportunities. "I thought it was okay". The Leafs' speed gave them fits for the whole series.

Ovechkin emerged from the tunnel to an enormous roar to start the second period. Ovi! chants at Verizon Center.

He left the ice with help from Nicklas Backstrom and Nate Schmidt and did not put weight on his left leg.

The hit came shortly after Ovechkin lined up Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner.

Washington has the upper hand in the series that couldn't possibly be any closer on the ice or by the numbers.

"I play on the power play, I play around 20 minutes, it's my game", Malkin said.

Naturally, Andersen, terrific all night, slammed the door on the Caps soon after when he snared a shot by T.J. Oshie. Matthews, who went pointless in the first two games of the series, was the first player picked No. 1 overall by the Leafs since Clark in 1985.

The Senators won three games of the series in overtime on the way to capturing only their second playoff series triumph in a decade. The end result (beyond a power-play goal for Washington) was the Capitals relentlessly pursuing the 26-year-old forward.

The two second-period kills were all the more impressive considering the two penalties.

Kadri was given a two-minute minor penalty for tripping.

"The loss is tough for sure, but when we got in here and looked at one another, there's a lot of pride that can be taken", said Toronto defenceman Morgan Rielly. "It can be because of the fact that the 5-on-5 play becomes so tight at times that that can be a deciding factor".

The Leafs' fans, 19,740 strong at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night along with about 5,000 more in Maple Leaf Square next door, knew what Trotz was talking about.

One signifying element the Leafs could have improved on in this series, was scoring on the powerplay. Matthews and Nylander each scored in Game 3, and then Hyman and Matthews scored in Game 4.

The United States will be without superstar rookie and Calder Trophy finalist Auston Matthews for the World Championships.

"I just think each game, myself personally I feel like I've gotten better", Matthews said after the Maple Leafs' morning skate Friday. Expect another close, physical battle tonight.

Marner does have four points in the series - he picked up a pair of assists during the Leafs' ill-fated comeback in Game 4 - but he has not created much in limited space against a heavy opponent.



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