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Caps clobber 'Canes, take 3-2 series lead

Caps clobber 'Canes, take 3-2 series lead

The Capitals recovered, so can the Hurricanes.

Backstrom, who is known more for his passing, had five goals in 20 games during the Capitals' Cup run a year ago that included missing four games with two fractures in his right pointer finger. "We weren't satisfied with the games in Carolina".

Oshie was injured late in Game 4 at the Hurricanes on a hit from behind from Warren Foegele.

As much of a complete effort as it was for the Capitals, it was that much of a missed opportunity for the upstart Hurricanes, who looked frazzled at times after dominating long stretches of the past two games. Foegele scored just 17 seconds into the first period against the visiting Capitals as the home team has scored the first goal of the contest in all four games of the first round National Hockey League series.

The Capitals meanwhile are 13-3 in their last 16 games as a favorite and 5-0 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite which points in a positive direction for them here as they return home to Capital One Arena for a pivotal matchup on Saturday. That was a game-changer for us.

"We'll have a little bit more of a timetable as the day goes on and tomorrow", Washington coach Todd Reirden said Friday, according to Harvey Valentine of NHL.com.

Foegele received a boarding minor for his hit with 5:08 remaining that left Oshie doubled over in pain as he skated to the dressing room.

"It was a defenseless player that was quite a distance from the boards", Reirden said. "It's an extremely risky play and [Oshie] will not be with our team for a while".

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The Celtics outscored IN 26-8 IN the third with a flurry of three-pointers on 9/21 overall shooting, while the Pacers were 2/19. Stevens went with Jaylen Brown in the starting lineup in place of Marcus Smart , who is out with a torn left oblique.

Ovechkin assisted on Backstrom's second goal and Connolly's first of the playoffs to again lead the way in a post-season win.

Oshie had been moved to Ovechkin's top line before the game in an attempt to shake things up after that Game 3 rout. "And then they just took it from there". Goalie Petr Mrazek and his defensemen need to play like it's home game and not on the road. "If you don't want to do it, don't play".

The Hurricanes have shown throughout this series that they push back when pushed, and the Capitals should expect no different Monday.

Over the course of a seven-game series, it can wear on a team on multiple fronts - the soreness from repeated checks physically slowing players down while also making them more tentative on the ice out of fear of getting hit.

"He crashed into the boards hard, and that's when the arm went up, because he stayed down", said the coach.

"That was just kind of the beginning of it", Brind'Amour said. He returned briefly but sat out the final two periods due to a lower-body ailment.

The Hurricanes were down three top-nine forwards - Micheal Ferland, Jordan Martinook and Andrei Svechnikov - due to injuries in the series, but it wasn't their replacements that were at fault in Saturday's loss.

But Teravainen and Foegele were at full strength - and the Hurricanes needed them.


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