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Ovechkin brushes off hit from Kadri, returns to Caps' win

October 19 2017, 11:39 | Van Peters

It's a little bit twofold.

Babcock said the power play was not at its best Friday.

The Capitals' future is a rematch against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins, who dispatched the Blue Jackets in five and have been waiting since Thursday night. That means the Penguins could sit for a week.

The Caps were pushed to an overtime win with the game-winning goal being scored by Marcus Johansson, his second of the game. "We're going to bring our best and hopefully we can push it to another game".

"I'm definitely watching. It's been a fun series so far to watch". The team didn't really a choice given the way Matthews and company were flying around the ice. They didn't give up many quality looks and got saves from Andersen when they did - that is until Williams' OT victor which saw the long-time playoff hero get lost in transition. "It's another summer to be hungry and get better because now, we're not going to surprise teams anymore". "I'm kind've more watching as a fan right now".

"Yeah. It's the playoffs", Ovechkin said when asked what he told Kadri".

It was the Leafs' young talent that emerged most brightly, beginning with Auston Matthews who became only the second teenager ever after Wendel Clark to score in four straight playoff games. The players certainly aren't complaining.

"I think he understands more than anybody it's nothing personal", Kadri said. "I think they've made some adjustments that we didn't adapt to well enough as a unit".

In all, Matthews played in the neighborhood of 100 games since the start of September.

The two second-period kills were all the more impressive considering the two penalties. Andersen needed a couple big stops late to send it to overtime.

Conversely, Sullivan said that Carl Hagelin is still rehabbing, while Matt Murray has yet to skate.

He picked up three points in three exciting games alongside the Edmonton Oilers captain and then jumped straight into his first National Hockey League training camp. "We're reluctant to put any time frames on it".

Defenceman Karl Alzner was "improving" in his recovery from an undisclosed upper-body injury, Trotz said. The two teams have fired exactly 175 shots each.

"We got to find out where we're at and where our players are at. He's a difference-maker", Sullivan said.

With five months until next season's training camp begins, Babcock says he hopes the team will have a successful offseason, that will see both the addition of new players and the continued growth of current players.

But first, some Game 6 miscellany: Biebz wuz there, which afterward caused much "bad luck" consternation amongst Leaf Nation. "Certain hits in the game, I think when you have an ability to injure a player, we just have different viewpoints". "Every shift, every game (I'm feeling) better".

Quite the opposite given how tight this series continues to be.

Ovechkin, 31, has never missed a playoff game, and had three goals in this first-round series entering Sunday night's game.

"This is just the start for us", said Nazem Kadri, who can appreciate this resurgence more than most of his teammates after seven tough years with the Leafs. They are giving up way too much zone time - the result of weak clearing attempts, turnovers and losing battles on the boards - and they have relied way too much on Marc-Andre Fleury to bail them out. Oshie scored on the ensuing power play. Of Kessel's eight playoff points, half of those - two goals and two assists - have come on the power play.

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