1. As if you weren’t already an anxious mess...
Trotz said his heart stopped for a second when he saw Holtby go down. Holtby says he's fine after getting bumped by Mojo.— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) April 19, 2017
Holtby on collision with Johansson: “I’m fine. It was just a practice play. It happens. ... You get hit sometimes. It’s hockey.”— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) April 19, 2017
Hey, Marcus - we all want to see Caps forwards crash the net a little more, but this isn’t what we meant.
2. The Caps’ lines will look a little different tonight, with Game 1 hero Tom Wilson and Games 1-to-3 zero Brett Connolly swapping spots.
Trotz on Wilson moving to third line: "He's Tom Wilson. Everybody knows who Tom Wilson is. That's what he brings."— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 19, 2017
Here, via Puckalytics, is how the new bottom-six has fared this year (in tiny-to-the-point-of-irrelevance-but-you-know-you’re-curious samples):
3. It’s go time, fellas.
Shattenkirk on patience vs. #Leafs speed: "We need to let the one-on-ones happen. We’re getting a little too (pause) horny getting in there"— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) April 19, 2017
Williams: "There’s a lot of times during the playoffs where you need to man up and win a game and the pressure is on. This is one of them."— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 19, 2017
Trotz: "You're going to see our best game tomorrow."— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 18, 2017
Now, the time for talking is nearly done and Caps fans are ready for something that speaks louder than words: actions.