Game 6 pregame news and notes

Game 6 pregame news and notes
May 9, 2012, 10:27 pm
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News and notes as the Capitals prepare to take on the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals 7:30 p.m.):

Beagle update: Capitals third-line center Jay Beagle was literally carted to the entrance of the Capitals dressing room at about 5 p.m. tonight.

Capitals coach Dale Hunter said Beagle, who sat out Wednesday's morning skate after blocking a shot by defenseman Anton Stralman, will play tonight. Look for him to center a line with Matt Hendricks and Marcus Johansson, allowing Troy Brouwer to play on a top line with Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich.

Reunion?: If the Caps fall behind tonight don't be surprised if Hunter reunites Ovechkin with old buddies Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Semin.

Tonight's officials: Dan O'Halloran and Wes McCauley are the to referees tonight. Pierre Racicot and Scott Driscoll are the two linesmen.

Forcing a seventh game: Since the 2007-08 season, the Capitals have gone 3-0 in Game 6 situations when trailing a series 3-2. The last time the Capitals trailed a series 3-2 entering Game 6 was during the 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Rangers. Washington earned a 5-3 win in New York in Game 6 before coming home to Verizon Center to defeat the Rangers 2-1 in Game 7.

Resilient: Since the 2010 playoffs, the Capitals have gone 7-3 in games following overtime contests. In those 10 games, the Capitals own a 4-1 record following overtime defeats. Washington has gone 3-0 following overtime losses during these playoffs.

Climbing the charts: Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin are the only three Capitals who have suited up for all 49 of the teams playoff contests over the last five springs. The trio, all expected to appear in their 50th career playoff games tonight, ranks tied for 12th all-time in playoff games played in Capitals history. Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom have each played in 48 games in the past five seasons. All five players rank in the top-20 in playoff scoring in Capitals history.

Ovi watch: Alex Ovechkin has collected 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists) in 49 career playoff games, surpassing Peter Bondra for third place in Capitals playoff history. Ovechkins 29 postseason goals have surpassed head coach Dale Hunter for second all-time in Caps history, trailing only Peter Bondra (30).

Back-to-back: Goaltender Braden Holtby has gone 28 straight starts in the NHL including 12 in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs without suffering back-to-back setbacks. Holtby has gone 5-0 with a 1.29 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage in games following a loss during these playoffs.

All-time tenders: Braden Holtby has appeared in 12 playoff games in his career, all coming this season. He ranks tied for fifth place in Capitals history in playoff games by a goaltender. Holtbys six wins rank fifth in Caps history while his 371 saves also rank fifth. Holtbys 12 games played and six wins are both the second-highest totals in each category for a rookie goaltender in a single campaign in Caps history.