The Capitals had one last practice today before they head to New York for a 3pm game tomorrow at Madison Square Garden. The Caps have a 2-0 lead in the series and if they win tomorrow, they would put a strangle hold on the Rangers.
The last time the Caps held a 2-0 lead in a series was in 2009 against Pittsburgh, a series they lost in seven games. The Rangers have been down 2-0 in a series 20 times in their franchise history, they’ve only came back and won one of those series. In 2009 the Caps were down 2-0 to the Rangers, losing both games at home, and rallied back to beat the Rangers in seven games.
Even with the two victories, Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau mixed up the lines a little bit today and moved Jason Arnott to the #1 line and Nicklas Backstrom to the #2 line. The forward lines looked like this: 8-44-22, 18-19-28, 21-90-25, 26-15-10, 16-83-17. After practice Boudreau played coy and said the reason he did it was, “Actually they just put on the wrong jersey’s so I left them out there for practice, how else could I say it? I could’ve changed it, but I knew we were only doing one drill that had anything to do with it so, I just left them.” All the Caps besides Dennis Wideman participated in the little over 20 minute practice.
For the second day in a row defenseman Dennis Wideman skated in a warm up suit, hat, gloves, stick and with a puck for about 15 minutes before practice as he tries to get closer to returning. Yesterday Bruce Boudreau said he might be back in the first round if this series goes long or in the second round. Wideman was released from the hospital on Monday after suffering a hematoma.
Bruce Boudreau Practice Audio
Alex Ovechkin Practice Audio
Mike Knuble Practice Audio
Nicklas Backstrom Practice Audio
Michal Neuvirth Practice Audio
Karl Alzner Practice Audio
John Erskine Practice Audio
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