9:43 PM EDT, Fri April 28, 2017

Series Summary

Final 2-3
Thu 4/13 2 @ 3
Sat 4/15 4 @ 3
Mon 4/17 4 vs 3
Wed 4/19 4 vs 5
Fri 4/21 1 @ 2
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 21, 2017
2017 NHL Playoffs: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals Game 5

2017 NHL Playoffs: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals Game 5

Series is tied 2-2 Toronto Maple Leafs @ Washington CapitalsGame 5; Series Tied 2-2Verizon Center; Washington, DC7:00 p.m. ET; CBCThe Opposition: Japers' Rink The Series Even with the elation of the Leafs going up 2-1 in the series, you had to know in the back of your mind that this was coming. The Leafs defied all expectations and hung right with the Capitals in the first three games of the series. It was a Panic on the Potomac as the Leafs took two of those games and Caps fans began to fear an all-too-familiar script. We can say that we knew better than they did that there was no...
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 21, 2017
Maple Leafs - Capitals series has been brought to you by Claus Andersen

Maple Leafs - Capitals series has been brought to you by Claus Andersen

Claus Andersen, a photographer for Getty images, is bringing the Leafs first round playoff series to life, one still frame at a time. This is the picture that defines this playoff series for the Leafs, perhaps even the Leafs’ whole season. Photo by Claus Andersen/ The iconic image of Game Three Tyler Bozak has just scored the overtime goal in Game Three and Nazem Kadri is jumping up and down in joy after making the shot Bozak tipped. Bearing down on them to celebrate is Morgan Rielly. We’ve used this at least twice at PPP on stories. Nazem Kadri posted it...
FOX Sports Apr 21, 2017
Toronto Maple Leafs Have the Power to Beat the Washington Capitals

Toronto Maple Leafs Have the Power to Beat the Washington Capitals

The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals Are Currently Tied 2-2 in Their First Round Series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Toronto Has Put Forward a Good Battle So Far And it Isnt Over Yet. The Leafs Have the Power to Rise and Conquer the Presidents Trophy Winners in the Series....
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 21, 2017
From the Branches: Maple Leafs in Washington for pivotal game against Capitals

From the Branches: Maple Leafs in Washington for pivotal game against Capitals

Auston Matthews has been nominated for Calder Trophy. It’s game five tonight. Are you nervous? I am. It’s one of the most pivotal games the Leafs have faced since ‘that game’. We’ll have a preview and updates on lines later this morning. There was some good new for Leafs fans yesterday. 2017 Calder Trophy finalists: Auston Matthews and some other guys - ElSeldoMatthews, Werenski, and Laine. Last night’s results Marlies 0 @ Devils 3 Toronto Marlies shut out by Devils in Game 1 in Albany - MLHS Everblades 5 @ Solar Bears 4 Rangers 3 @ Canadiens 2 (OT) Blue Jackets 2 @ Penguins...
Japers' Rink Apr 21, 2017
Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game 5 Game Day

Friday Caps Clips: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game 5 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The best-of-seven is now a best-of three. Your savory breakfast links: Rink reading: Narratives (Part One, Part Two), Rink Rank. Previews of Game 5 between the Caps and Leafs from Vogs (plus game notes), WaPo and NoVa Caps, and be sure to check in - tonight and throughout the series - with our frenemies over at Pension Plan Puppets for all of the coverage from the Toronto side. Nate Schmidt brought wheels, determination and heads-up hockey play to the lineup, and has gotten the attention of his coach. [WaPo, NHL.com, CSNMA] The Leafs find their...
FOX Sports Apr 21, 2017

Pressure mounts for Caps, Leafs ahead of Game 5 (Apr 21, 2017)

WASHINGTON -- In a fun, fast and freewheeling series that has signaled the rise of the Toronto Maple Leafs and stirred up unpleasant memories of previous Washington Capitals playoff failures, both teams will skate into Game 5 on Friday at Verizon Center with the goal of grabbing the elusive momentum.
CSN Washington Apr 21, 2017

Start time for Capitals-Maple Leafs Game 6 anncounced

With the Capitals' 5-4 win on Wednesday in Game 4, Washington ensured their series with the Toronto Maple Leafs will go at least
CSN Washington Apr 21, 2017

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs: Game 5 time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Capitals tied their series with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday with a 5-4 win in Game 4. They now return home
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 20, 2017
Could Nazem Kadri ever win the Selke?

Could Nazem Kadri ever win the Selke?

What’s the real difference between the Leafs’ shutdown centre and the three Selke finalists for 2017? The Frank J. Selke Trophy is an annual award given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. The award is decided by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers Assosciation, and the three finalists were announced on Wednesday night before the Maple Leafs’ fourth playoff game against the Capitals. The finalists are Patrice Bergeron, Mikko Koivu and Ryan Kesler. A look at the NHL.com story on the finalists provides hints as to how “defensive aspects” is...
Japers' Rink Apr 20, 2017
Rink Rank: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game 4

Rink Rank: Capitals vs. Maple Leafs Game 4

A look at how the Caps (and their coach) did last night That’ll do, Capitals... that’ll do. (Y’know, aside from that whole “what, we have to play the third period, too??” thing.) Rank ‘em!
The Hockey Writers Apr 20, 2017

Trotz Is Using Ovechkin Perfectly

Here we go again. It’s the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and Alexander Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals appear to be struggling. Having dominated the regular season yet again and with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first year of a long-term rebuild, this should have been an easy start for the Capitals. […]
Canes Country Apr 20, 2017
Thursday Stanley Cup Daily: The Flames Burn Out

Thursday Stanley Cup Daily: The Flames Burn Out

Anaheim is on to the second round, Minnesota lives to fight another day, and Caps fans exhale. Canes Country’s morning snap shots recapping last night’s action in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Photo by Claus Andersen/ Washington Capitals 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (Series tied 2-2) The Maple Leafs came into game four with a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead, however a slow start doomed Toronto from the start. In just under five minutes the Caps jumped out to a two-goal lead with goals from Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie. The Leafs tried to claw back in the first...
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 20, 2017
From The Branches: It’s a best of three series now

From The Branches: It’s a best of three series now

Maple Leafs lose 5-4 in game four and are all square with the President’s Trophy winners Well that sucked. The Toronto Maple Leafs fought and clawed as much as they could to have another comeback against the Washington Capitals and just fell short. Oh well, game five on Friday. GO LEAFS GO!, Onto the links. Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals game 4 recap: It’s down to a best of 3 | PPP’s game four recap. Toronto Maple Leafs prospects report: The London Knights are no more | Seldo is the happiest Leaf fan in the country right now and it has nothing to do with the Leafs. PPP has...
Sports Illustrated Apr 19, 2017

Playoff Roundup: Capitals use quick start to pull even with Maple Leafs in Game 4

The Capitals used four first-period goals to spur a Game 4 win over the Maple Leafs, while Bobby Ryan's late goal for the Senators put the Bruins' season on the brink. The Wild earned their first win of the postseason to stay alive as the Ducks got their ticket to the second round.
FOX Sports Apr 19, 2017
Playoff Roundup: Capitals use quick start to pull even with Maple Leafs in Game 4

Playoff Roundup: Capitals use quick start to pull even with Maple Leafs in Game 4

The Capitals used four first-period goals to spur a Game 4 win over the Maple Leafs, while Bobby Ryan’s late goal for the Senators put the Bruins’ season on the brink. The Wild earned their first win of the postseason to stay alive as the Ducks got their ticket to the second round.
CSN Washington Apr 19, 2017

3 key observations for Game 4: Tom Wilson shows the potential Caps saw when they drafted him

The Caps tied up their series with the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 5-3 Game 4 win. Here are three takeaways from the game.1. Could
Pension Plan Puppets Apr 19, 2017
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals game 4 recap: It’s down to a best of 3

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals game 4 recap: It’s down to a best of 3

Also: Tom Wilson is a jerk. Hello Maple Leafs fans! It’s game four of the Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals first round playoff series. My name is elseldo and I’ll be your recapper. With me tonight is our unpaid intern Lil’ Seldo. [Kid waves] He hasn’t figured out blogging yet. Anyway, we’ll be updating this recap as we watch the game tonight. It’s pretty stressful, so I thought we’d make sure to take a few moments and watch the game through the eyes of a child. The first period begins with some hockey. That is to say nothing much exciting happens until the 17:00 mark when TJ...
Japers' Rink Apr 19, 2017
Capitals vs. Maple Leafs recap: Caps win 5-4, even series against Leafs

Capitals vs. Maple Leafs recap: Caps win 5-4, even series against Leafs

Tom Wilson scored twice to help send the series back to D.C. all tied up. Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Advanced Stats at: hockeystats, Natural Stat Trick and more via Nice Time On Ice On a night in which much of the D.C. area was anxiously awaiting the third “trifecta” of three local teams winning on one night in just under two years, the Washington Capitals did their part. A roller coaster of a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre tied the teams’ first-round series at two...
CSN Washington Apr 19, 2017

The legend of playoff hero Tom Wilson grows with series-defining save

Youre right, Mike Babcock.Dont worry about Tom Wilson.Wilson took over the first period of Game 4 between the Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs with two

Game Photos

  • Trotz: Caps victim of 'strange goals' as series shifts to DC The Associated Press
  • Capitals beat Maple Leafs 5-4, tie series at 2 games apiece The Associated Press

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