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Caps return home, seek series lead vs. Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals return to D.C. for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round series tied at 2-2. The Hurricanes scored wins in Games 3 and 4 at home, and the Capitals will try to get back on track when the series resumes Saturday night.

The Hurricanes have the momentum and did a solid job of taking Washington out of its game several times. Carolina's physical style of play and speed really hurt the Capitals at both ends of the ice on many occasions in both games.

The Hurricanes often made clearing the puck out of their own end a battle for Washington, and Carolina has the speed to match the Capitals. Washington has not been able to get into the Hurricanes' defensive zone and set up enough to cause trouble -- and sometimes the Capitals can't get out of their own end.

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Leaders
Points: A. Ovechkin89
Plus/Minus: M. Kempny24
Shots on Goal: A. Ovechkin338
PIM: T. Wilson128
Win: B. Holtby32
Shutouts: B. Holtby3
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 274 (5)
Shots: 2492 (22)
PP%: 20.8% (12)
Penalty Minutes: 730 (11)
Assists: 478 (5)
SH Goals: 5 (25)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
xy-Washington 48 26 8 104
x-NY Islanders 48 27 7 103
x-Pittsburgh 44 26 12 100
x-Carolina 46 29 7 99
x-Columbus 47 31 4 98
Philadelphia 37 37 8 82
NY Rangers 32 36 14 78
New Jersey 31 41 10 72
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 248 (15)
Shots Against: 2584 (17)
PK%: 78.9% (24)
Penalty Minutes: 706 (12)
Shutouts: 4 (20)
Sv%: 0.904 (18)
Injuries
Date Player Status
4/18 T. Oshie Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
3/20 M. Kempny Torn hamstring (day-to-day)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/20 I. Samsonov Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/19 D. Smith-Pelly Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/19 V. Vanecek Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
4/14 V. Vanecek Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/14 I. Samsonov Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
4/11 I. Samsonov Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/11 N. Dowd Contract extended Three-year contract extension
4/7 N. Walker Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
4/5 N. Walker Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/5 B. Nardella Signed as Free Agent Two-year, entry-level contract
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