Maple Leafs face daunting Capitals in opening round

For the first time in 15 years, the Leafs and the Toronto Raptors are playoff-bound at the same time.

Backstrom's eyes lit up just thinking about the adrenaline and the emotion of 2008.

Playing some of their worst hockey of the season, the Capitals fell behind by two goals early but came back to force overtime.

The Capitals hope they can erase countless playoff disappointments from the past with a deep playoff run this year.

On Thursday April 13, the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs begin their first round series.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Heavily favored to beat the young and inexperienced Toronto Maple Leafs, the Stanley Cup-contending Washington Capitals weren't supposed to be the team that flubbed and floundered at the start of the playoffs.

"You're kind of measured on that", Matthews said. "They have a young and talented team and we all know that about the Leafs".

Williams gave the Capitals the opportunity to bounce back from their rough start with the fourth two-goal game of his playoff career.

Playoff star and 2014 Conn Smythe Trophy victor Justin Williams scored twice in regulation and Braden Holtby stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced to give Wilson the opportunity to be the hero.

The Buds are not the only Toronto sports team in the playoffs.

The Leafs are 5-2 in their last seven against the Metro and 11-5 in their last 16 against the East while the Caps are 42-17 in their last 59 overall and 59-19 in their last 78 home games. "I like the youthful enthusiasm we have, I like how quick we can play, but we're going to have to play quick and do the right things".

McDavid in 2015 and Matthews previous year were selected with the No. 1 pick in consecutive drafts, as were Ovechkin (2004) and Crosby (2005). He bears watching every shift.

If you were looking for a weakness to this Caps team, penalties are it. "I think I can overcome that, but certainly that's something I was concentrating on". "You watch how good he is, all 200 feet of the ice, at that age, that's probably what jumps out the most-his all-around game". Washington is loaded across the board as they have so much depth offensively, a very underrated and serviceable blue line, and a goaltender in Braden Holtby who is the reigning Vezina Trophy victor and should be finalist for the award again this season as the league's top goaltender. "I've always view it (as) it's the same game". They came out full of pep against their more experienced Washington foes, flashing the speed and skill that helped them surprise the hockey world in making the post-season.

Will the Washington Capitals finally live up to their expectation?

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