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1 Saturday, May 2, 1pm et Penguins 2, Capitals 3 Recap/Highlights | Box
2 Monday, May 4, 7pm et Penguins 3, Capitals 4 Recap/Highlights | Box
3 Wednesday, May 6, 7pm et Capitals 2, Penguins 3 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
4 Friday, May 8, 7pm et Capitals 3, Penguins 5 Recap/Highlights | Box
5 Saturday, May 9, 7pm et Penguins 4, Capitals 3 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
6 Monday, May 11, 7pm et on TSN Capitals 5, Penguins 4 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
7 Wednesday, May 13, 7pm et Penguins 6, Capitals 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
Penguins win series 4-3

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

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Regular Season Record: 50-24-8, 108 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 3-0-1
Last Stanley Cup Win: Never
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1998
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Sergei Fedorov (3)

How They Got Here: The second-seeded Capitals won their third straight game to close out their series against the Rangers. Washington's rookie netminder Simeon Varlamov continued to impress in his first playoff showing. He had only five career NHL starts under his belt before he replaced Jose Theodore, who allowed four goals in Game 1.

A Reason To Cheer For The Capitals: If Alexander Ovechkin's energy and celebrations aren't enough to cheer for the Capitals, perhaps the play of Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green can change your opinion. All four players have been at the forefront of the team's success this season, leading the Capitals to first in the Southeast Division for the second consecutive season.

What They Bring To The Table: Last season, Washington climbed from the bottom of the standings and into the playoffs - a success that has carried over to their current campaign. They passed the century mark in points for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign and passed their record 107-point season in 1985-86. Signed as an unrestricted free last summer, goaltender Jose Theodore has played most of the season between the pipes, putting up a 2.87 GAA and a .900 save percentage. Up front, the goals start and end with Ovechkin. The 50-plus goal wonder ended the regular season as the league's top scorer with 56, becoming the league's first goal-scoring leader in consecutive seasons since Pavel Bure in 2000 and 2001. Offensive defenceman Mike Green has once again been a workhorse on the blue line, with 50-plus points for the second straight season and the best plus-minus among Washington defencemen. The Calgary native also set an NHL record for most single season goals by a defenceman (playing 70 games or fewer) to pass Bobby Orr's mark of 29. Green scored his 30th goal in 63 games.


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

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Regular Season Record: 45-28-9, 99 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 1-3
Last Stanley Cup Win: 1992
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 2008
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Chris Kunitz (1), Bill Guerin (1), Petr Sykora (1), Ruslan Fedotenko (1), Craig Adams (1)

How They Got Here: After reaching the Finals last season the team suffered the typical growing pains that teams do when they miss out on an opportunity to lift the Cup. Halfway through the season head coach Michel Therrien was replaced behind the bench by Dan Bylsma and the team took off after that. Evgeni Malkin captured the Art Ross trophy as the league’s leading scorer and the Pens captured home-ice advantage over the rival Flyers on the final day of the season. It proved to be a crucial result as for the second straight season Pittsburgh ended the playoff hopes of their cross-state rivals. The surprise was the relative ease by which it was achieved.

A Reason To Cheer For The Penguins: The Penguins were just shy of capturing their third Stanley Cup in franchise history last year and nothing short of finishing the job this spring will be acceptable. Those high hopes are remarkable considering that just a couple of months ago, pundits were wondering if this team would even make the playoffs. With new coach Dan Bylsma at the helm and Evgeni Malkin making his case for the Hart Trophy (finishing first in league scoring and leading all Penguins players in scoring for the second consecutive season), Pittsburgh is back in the contenders' conversation.

What They Bring To The Table: While trade deadline acquisitions Chris Kunitz and veteran winger Bill Guerin don't have the same level of talent that Marian Hossa brought last year, they do add plenty of grit and experience while filling the scoring void on the wing that the club needed most of the season. The Penguins also have solid character players like Pascal Dupuis and Maxime Talbot, who are always ready to provide energy and support for the blueliners. The club had to give up a good offensive defenceman in Ryan Whitney, but have enough depth with the return of power play specialist Sergei Gonchar and the emergence of young Kris Letang. Goaltending is everything in the postseason, and Marc-Andre Fleury should be solid in goal if he builds on last spring's postseason run.


 

Statistical keys to the series

- Washington ranked second in the league on the power play, with a 25.2% success rate. Pittsburgh ranked 20th at 17.2%.

Washington's power play ranked seventh in the first round of the playoffs, with an 18.2% success rate. Pittsburgh ranked 11th at 12.5%.

- Washington ranked 17th in the league in penalty killing, with an 80.6% success rate. Pittsburgh ranked eighth, at 86.7%.

- Washington's penalty killing ranked seventh in the first round of the playoffs, with an 87.1% success rate. Pittsburgh ranked eighth, at 82.7%.

- Alexander Ovechkin (243), Milan Jurcina (157) and John Erskine (128) were the Capitals' leading hitters in the regular season.

- Alexander Ovechkin (26), Milan Jurcina (24), Matt Bradley (19) and Shaone Morrisonn (19) were the Capitals' leading hitters in the first round.

- Brooks Orpik (309), Matt Cooke (262) and Chris Kunitz (207) were the Penguins' leading hitters in the regular season. Kunitz's totals include games with Anaheim.

- Brooks Orpik (31), Matt Cooke (21) and Chris Kunitz (17) were the Penguins' leading hitters in the first round.

- David Steckel was the Capitals' top face-off man in the regular season -- 57.9%. Boyd Gordon was best in the first round -- 55.9%.

- Sidney Crosby is the Penguins' top face-off man -- 51.3% in the regular season and 65.3% in the playoffs.

- Washington's Alexander Ovechkin ranked first in the league with 56 goals.

- Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby ranked first and second in the league with 78 and 70 assists, respectively. Washington's Nicklas Backstrom tied for third with 66 assists. Alexander Ovechkin tied for tenth with 54 assists.

- Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby ranked first and third in the league with 113 and 103 points, respectively. Washington's Alexander Ovechkin ranked second in the league with 110 points. Nicklas Backstrom tied for ninth with 88 points.

- Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin is tied for third in the playoffs with five assists.

- Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin leads the playoffs with nine points. Washington's Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are tied for fifth with seven points.

- Washington's Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Shaone Morrisonn are tied for fourth in the playoffs at plus-5.

- Washington's Alexander Ovechkin tied for second in the league with 19 power play goals. Mike Green ranked fourth with 18 power play goals. Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin tied for eighth in the league with 14 power play goals.

- Washington's Alexander Ovechkin led the league with 46 power play points.

- Washington's Alexander Ovechkin led the league with 1.39 points per game.

- Washington's Alexander Ovechkin led the league with 107 giveaways.

- Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin led the league with 94 takeaways.

- Washington's Alexander Ovechkin and Pittsburgh's Petr Sykora tied for third in the league with 10 game-winning goals.

- Washington's Alexander Ovechkin ranked first in the league with 528 shots on goal. Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin ranked 10th with 290 shots on goal.

- Alexander Semin led the Capitals with seven points in four games against the Penguins this year.

- Sidney Crosby led the Penguins with seven points in four games against the Capitals this year.

- Washington's leaders in power play ice time (per game in Round One):
Mike Green 6:49
Alexander Ovechkin 6:36
Alexander Semin 5:51
Nicklas Backstrom 5:24
Brooks Laich 3:09
Tomas Fleischmann 2:44

- Pittsburgh's leaders in power play ice time (per game in Round One):
Sergei Gonchar 6:12
Sidney Crosby 5:15
Kristopher Letang 5:03
Evgeni Malkin 5:03
Chris Kunitz 3:44
Bill Guerin 3:09

- Washington's leaders in penalty killing ice time (per game in Round One):
Tom Poti 4:30
David Steckel 3:32
John Erskine 2:58
Boyd Gordon 2:57
Shaone Morissonn 2:23
Mike Green 2:14

- Pittsburgh's leaders in penalty killing ice time (per game in Round One):
Rob Scuderi 3:34
Maxime Talbot 3:30
Jordan Staal 3:30
Craig Adams 3:08
Sergei Gonchar 2:43
Hal Gill 2:40

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