What you need to know about the Maple Leafs and Capitals in Game 5 | Toronto Star

 thestar.com  4/21/2017 10:05:04 PM 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Seize the moment.

When the Toronto Maple Leafs look around, there are playoff teams falling by the wayside. Columbus. Chicago. They intend to use that as inspiration.

“It’s an extra motivator, you don’t want to be one of those teams yet,” Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen. “You want to keep playing, it’s a lot of fun, and you definitely want to win and keep playing. You earn your way to keep playing and you do that by winning.

“It’s important to stay in the moment just because we’re a young team in a rebuild. If we make the playoffs one year, it doesn’t mean we’re going to make the playoffs the next year. We’re in a good position now and I think it’s definitely important for us to stay in the moment to capitalize on this opportunity.”

The Leafs have a taste of post-season success, and want to keep it going.
The Leafs have a taste of post-season success, and want to keep it going.  (Molly Riley / The Associated Press)  

Auston Matthews

“We came into this series a confident team when we play the right way. Again, now, here we are. A best-of-three and this is what makes it fun. These games are fun to play in.”

James van Riemsdyk

“For us right now it doesn’t matter if it’s first line or third line or whatever. everybody have to play hard, and if they have a chance they have to put in. You can see Tom Wilson put it (in) twice ... that’s all we need from everybody. it’s not about us or somebody. we’re a team and we have to play like a team.”

Alex Ovechkin


C Eric Fehr (broken finger) is skating with the Leafs but not available to play yet, said coach Mike Babcock... D Karl Alzner (upper body) skated Friday morning and was “getting close” to returning, said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. ... The Capitals called up F Chandler Stephenson from the Hershey Bears, but he’s not likely to play.


Leafs lines:

James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Mitch Marner

Leo Komarov-Nazem Kadri-Connor Brown

Zach Hyman-Auston Matthews-William Nylander

Matt Martin-Brian Boyle-Kasperi Kapanen


Matt Hunwick-Morgan Rielly

Jake Gardiner-Nikita Zaitsev

Martin Marincin-Connor Carrick


Frederik Andersen

Curtis McElhinney

Capitals Lines

Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie

Marcus Johansson-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Justin Williams

Andre Burakovsky-Lars Eller-Tom Wilson

Daniel Winnik-Jay Beagle-Brett Connolly


Nate Schmidt (or Karl Alzner)-John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov-Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik-Kevin Shattenkirk


Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

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