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Penguins, Capitals set to renew rivalry

WASHINGTON -- The NHL playoffs might be peaking too soon as the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals host the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Thursday night.

The top two teams left in the postseason are meeting in the conference semis for the second straight year. Pittsburgh defeated top-seeded Washington in six games in last year's conference semifinals en route to capturing the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

The Penguins are 8-1 in playoff series vs. the Capitals, and have won both meetings during the Sidney Crosby-Alex Ovechkin era.

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Leaders
Points: N. Backstrom86
Plus/Minus: B. Orpik32
Shots on Goal: A. Ovechkin313
PIM: T. Wilson133
Win: B. Holtby42
Shutouts: B. Holtby9
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 261 (3)
Shots: 2495 (13)
PP%: 23.1% (4)
Penalty Minutes: 750 (17)
Assists: 453 (2)
SH Goals: 5 (22)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
xyz-Washington 55 19 8 118
x-Pittsburgh 50 21 11 111
x-Columbus 50 24 8 108
x-NY Rangers 48 28 6 102
NY Islanders 41 29 12 94
Philadelphia 39 33 10 88
Carolina 36 31 15 87
New Jersey 28 40 14 70
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 177 (30)
Shots Against: 2282 (27)
PK%: 83.8% (7)
Penalty Minutes: 711 (17)
Shutouts: 12 (1)
Sv%: 0.922 (2)
Injuries
Date Player Status
4/17 K. Alzner Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/21 C. Stephenson Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/11 C. Stephenson Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
4/10 G. Mitchell Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
4/10 B. Malenstyn Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
4/9 G. Mitchell Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/9 C. Stephenson Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/8 P. Carey Called up from minors Hershey-AHL
4/1 P. Carey Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
3/30 G. Pilon Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
3/29 P. Carey Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
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