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These are the two key things that will make or break the the Washington Capitals if they want to repeat as Stanley Cup champions in 2019.These are the two key things that will make or break the the Washington Capitals if they want to repeat as Stanley Cup champions in 2019.

2 Things That Will Make or Break Capitals’ Repeat

There will be no changes to the Washington Capitals lineup going into Game 2. Find out which line is the biggest one to keep an eye on this afternoon.The Washington Capitals geared up for Game 2 with a practice late Friday morning. With Saturday's game being a 3 p.m. puck drop there was no morning skate....

Washington Capitals are Going with Same Lineup for Game 2

Washington Capitals are Going with Same Lineup for Game 2

And just like that, Nicklas Backstrom has opened up scoring again in Game Two. For his third goal of the still-baby-fat playoffs, Backstrom got a crucial assist from Alex Ovechkin. Video But the play began at the other end of the ice, where Alex Ovechkin flattened poor Brett Pesce. The Caps quickly shifted to offense,…And just like that, Nicklas Backstrom has opened up scoring again in Game Two. For his third goal of the still-baby-fat playoffs, Backstrom got a crucial assist from Alex Ovechkin. Video But the play began at the other end of...

Alex Ovechkin flattens Brett Pesce, sets up Nicklas Backstrom for third goal of playoffs

“First the crowd reacted to the Caps’ game-winning goal. Then they cheered Adam Eaton’s game-tying homer. Then they roared for Howie Kendrick’s go-ahead homer. All in less than 2 minutes. https://t.co/UGgkSywdx9”

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter: "First the crowd reacted to the Caps’ game-winning goal. Then they cheered Adam Eaton’s game-tying homer. Then they roared for Howie Kendrick’s go-ahead homer. All in less than 2 minutes. https://t.co/UGgkSywdx9"

“This Penguins-Capitals rivarly carries over to baseball: As Orpik scored OT game-winning for Caps, Nationals Eaton was at plate and heard a stir among crowd at Nats Park. (Eaton was at Caps Game 1 and led "Let's go Caps" cheer.) Eaton then hit game-tying homer v #Pirates”

Rob Biertempfel on Twitter: "This Penguins-Capitals rivarly carries over to baseball: As Orpik scored OT game-winning for Caps, Nationals Eaton was at plate and heard a stir among crowd at Nats Park. (Eaton was at Caps Game 1 and led "Let's go Caps" cheer.) Eaton then hit game-tying homer v #Pirates"

“Hurricanes' Corsi edge 5-on-5 is 102-62 through two games. Going to be really interesting at PNC when they can spot their top two lines against Caps' third pair, such as it is. Djoos has played a total of 12 minutes in two games. Will be tougher to hide him on the road.”

Luke DeCock on Twitter: "Hurricanes' Corsi edge 5-on-5 is 102-62 through two games. Going to be really interesting at PNC when they can spot their top two lines against Caps' third pair, such as it is. Djoos has played a total of 12 minutes in two games. Will be tougher to hide him on the road."

“Blue Jackets: 2-0 series lead for 2nd time in franchise history (was up 2-0 on Capitals last season before losing series in 6...Matt Duchene; 4 points (G, 3 A) are the most by a player in a playoff game in Blue Jackets history”

Bucci Mane on Twitter: "Blue Jackets: 2-0 series lead for 2nd time in franchise history (was up 2-0 on Capitals last season before losing series in 6...Matt Duchene; 4 points (G, 3 A) are the most by a player in a playoff game in Blue Jackets history… https://t.co/YWU3U3RlhG"

The Washington Capitals took Game One on home ice, but it wasn't flawless. The Caps took and held an early lead but were on their heels for long stretches of it. Things got pretty hairy in the third period. If the Hurricanes get as much offense as they had in Game One, this is gonna…The Washington Capitals took Game One on home ice, but it wasn't flawless. The Caps took and held an early lead but were on their heels for long stretches of it. Things got pretty hairy in the third period. If...

Caps vs Hurricanes pregame: Peak bloom (Game Two)

Capitals forward Tom Wilson scored a huge third-period goal midway through the third period, which gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead. The goal, Wilson's first of the postseason, wouldn't stand as the game-winner though -- Jordan Staal scored a PPG six minutes and five seconds later forcing overtime. Video Alex Ovechkin made the play happen…Capitals forward Tom Wilson scored a huge third-period goal midway through the third period, which gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead. The goal, Wilson's first of the postseason, wouldn't stand as the game-winner though -- Jordan Staal scored a PPG...

Tom Wilson scores huge third-period goal, aggressively jumps into the arms of Nicklas Backstrom

The Oshie kids won't be the only baby Caps rocking custom jackets in support of their dad during the playoffs. Their skating-class buddies, Haley and Vince Backstrom, will be wearing painted leather jackets as they cheer on their dad at Saturday's Game Two against the Carolina Hurricanes. The maker of the jackets, The Denim Blonde…The Oshie kids won't be the only baby Caps rocking custom jackets in support of their dad during the playoffs. Their skating-class buddies, Haley and Vince Backstrom, will be wearing painted leather jackets as they cheer on their dad at...

Nicklas Backstrom’s kids wear custom leather jackets in support of their dad in the playoffs