The Capitals had one last practice today before they host the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals tomorrow at 3pm. The Caps lead the series 3-1 and even though it hasn’t been easy, the Caps have a great opportunity to close out the series in five games. Under Bruce Boudreau the Caps have never played in a series in less than seven games and in each of the previous four playoff series, each seventh game was at Verizon Center with the Caps only winning one of them.
Last season the Caps had a 3-1 series advantage to the Montreal Canadiens, they lost game five at home and then the next to games and falling to the Canadiens 4-3 in the series. Alex Ovechkin was asked on what he remembers from game five last season, “I don’t remember nothin, I forget about it.”
The Capitals will have to do it once again without forward Mike Knuble (right hand injury) who will miss his second game in a row. Brooks Laich will take his place on the first line and the lines today looked like: 8-19-21, 18-44-28, 25-90-16-83, 17-26-15-10, 55-52, 27-74, 4-23, rotation of 62-89-3. Mike Knuble did skate once again in full pads before practice and is listed as day to day. Dennis Wideman skated also again before practice in only warm ups and said yesterday he hopes to be able to practice with his teammates before the end of next week.
Check out what Bruce Boudreau, Alex Ovechkin, Jason Arnott, Scott Hannan, Matt Bradley, Karl Alzner and Michal Neuvirth had to say following practice today.
Bruce Boudreau Practice Audio
Alex Ovechkin Practice Audio
Jason Arnott Practice Audio
Scott Hannan Practice Audio
Matt Bradley Practice Audio
Karl Alzner Practice Audio
Michal Neuvirth Practice Audio
Sky Kerstein is 106.7 The FAN’s Capitals Beat Reporter and co-host of “Morning Skate” every Sunday from 9am-10am on 106.7 The FAN. Also you can find video recaps of every Caps game and post-game interviews on www.1067thefandc.com. You can get in touch with Sky on Facebook or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/SkyKerstein.