Wilson scores in OT as Caps survive scare to beat Leafs

Ever since Brendan Shanahan took over the job of running the Maple Leafs, he's kept a close eye on potential players who were overseas in Russian Federation.

If you're the Leafs in this scenario, there's only one route to go.

It's clear Babcock wants his group feeling like they have a chance to beat Washington, not to watch helplessly as stars like Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom do their thing.

The comparison isn't far off so far given how McDavid, the Edmonton Oilers' second-year captain, and Matthews, the Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie of the year candidate, have taken the league by storm.

One of the main narratives entering this series was how the Leafs lacked playoff experience and how the Bruins, who were fresh off a Stanley Cup victory in 2011, were riddled with veterans and knew how to win in the postseason. "It's our job to make those demons as hard to deal with as possible".

The Capitals should prove to be the dominant team after capturing the Metropolitan Division title and Presidents' Trophy with 118 points.

McDavid in 2015 and Matthews previous year were selected with the No. 1 pick in consecutive drafts, as were Ovechkin (2004) and Crosby (2005). "But I don't think there's any cheat in his game".

So I'm a big fan of dramatic headlines. It was a fun year that saw the development of the team's young core.

It remains to be seen how Toronto's young guns will handle the Capitals' experience and the tight-checking prevalent in the playoffs. Tell us what you think! So go there and play, and play right, and we'll see what happens. These two met three times this season, with the Capitals winning two of the three games. It's being called an upper-body injury by the Leafs. Roman Polak should play after being injured in the regular-season finale. Marner looked like early season Marner, becoming the first Leaf teenager since Daniel Marois' to score a playoff game.

"I think what they found out is you can skate with them, you can be physical, their (defencemen) give the puck to you when you're physical just like if they're physical with us", Babcock said.

"I've never really not felt comfortable going into the playoffs", Holtby said. They've held a 3-1 lead in 12 series, with five of them being pushed to seven games.

Marner almost quieted the crowd when he raced in with van Riemsdyk, but his follow-up chance was stopped by Holtby. Andersen was 1-0-1 with a 4.00 GAA. They extended that lead with Jake Gardiner's point shot with traffic up front by Nazem Kadri. The Caps almost crumbled against a far inferior Philadelphia squad last season and Washington has been synonymous with falling short in the post-season ever since the Ovechkin epoch began.

Game 1 prediction: The Caps mean business. Fans must tip their hats to the Capitals training staff, doctors and nutritional team for keeping the team strong and conditioned all season long. Braden Holtby made the initial save, but the put back from van Riemsdyk bounced off the net and into the slot where a diving Marner was able to shoot it in. "I like the youthful enthusiasm we have, I like how quick we can play". The Canadiens won the Stanley Cup all three of those years.

Remember all the gushing over the Capitals acquisition of Kevin Shattenkirk.

Is it Washington turn for intervention from the sports gods?

Others, like Carrick, are not fretting too much about how much talent the Capitals have.

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