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W 4-2
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W 4-3
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W 6-3
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Same series, different year: Penguins-Capitals meet again

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Like tourists flocking to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, the Pittsburgh Penguins making a trip to Washington in the playoffs has become a rite of spring.

The Penguins and Capitals will face off in the second round for the third consecutive year with the core groups changed only slightly from past battles. Back-to-back Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh still has playoff MVPs Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and Washington still has stars Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom trying to make the Eastern Conference final for the first time.

"We faced each other for a lot of games, and we should know each other right now inside out," Backstrom said. "That's just how it is. It's usually tight series and one-goal games. We're excited about this one."

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Leaders
Points: A. Ovechkin87
Plus/Minus: M. Niskanen24
Shots on Goal: A. Ovechkin355
PIM: T. Wilson187
Win: B. Holtby34
Shutouts: P. Grubauer3
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 256 (9)
Shots: 2379 (31)
PP%: 22.5% (7)
Penalty Minutes: 800 (6)
Assists: 438 (9)
SH Goals: 4 (28)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
xy-Washington 49 26 7 105
x-Pittsburgh 47 29 6 100
x-Philadelphia 42 26 14 98
x-Columbus 45 30 7 97
x-New Jersey 44 29 9 97
Carolina 36 35 11 83
NY Islanders 35 37 10 80
NY Rangers 34 39 9 77
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 238 (16)
Shots Against: 2613 (18)
PK%: 80.3% (15)
Penalty Minutes: 753 (8)
Shutouts: 3 (25)
Sv%: 0.909 (17)
Injuries
Date Player Status
4/16 A. Burakovsky Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
4/7 T. Boyd Illness (day-to-day)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/12 P. Copley Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/4 B. Pinho Signed Two-year, entry-level contract
4/3 M. Bowey Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/3 T. Boyd Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
3/29 P. Copley Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
3/27 P. Copley Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
3/26 P. Copley Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
3/23 T. Boyd Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
3/23 S. Gersich Signed Two-year, entry-level contract
3/22 P. Copley Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
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