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Canucks prospect Cole Cassels scores hat trick, Oshawa Generals off to Eastern final: OHL post-game questions (Buzzing The Net)

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 17, 2015 at 10:28 pm

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With Holtby ill, Capitals start Grubauer in Game 2 vs. Isles (The Associated Press)

After tying team records with 73 starts, 41 wins and nine shutouts this season, Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby missed Game 2 of the playoffs against the New York Islanders on Friday night because of illness, replaced by a rookie. The Capitals announced a half-hour before the start of the second game in the Eastern Conference first-round series that Philipp Grubauer would start in net, hours after he was recalled from Hershey of the AHL. Grubauer played in only one NHL game all season, Washington's 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 6. The 23-year-old German is 7-6-5 with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 20 career appearances for the Capitals.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 17, 2015 at 7:01 pm

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Braden Holtby out of Game 2 with illness; Philipp Grubauer starts for Caps (Puck Daddy)

On Friday, the Washington Capitals recalled goalie Philipp Grubauer from the AHL, which caused some panic. Starter Braden Holtby was ill, and had been ill since before the end of the regular season.  Don’t worry, they said. Holtby is totally playing in Game 2 against the New York Islanders, they said. Well, turns out the panic was legit: The only thing keeping the Capitals from going down 0-2 in their series against the Islanders is one Phillip Grubauer, as the team announced Holtby is out tonight an undisclosed illness. From the Capitals: Grubauer, 23, has appeared in 20 NHL games with Washington, posting a 7-6-5 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. The Rosenheim, Germany, native made his 2014-15 regular season debut on Feb. 6 against Anaheim, stopping 23 shots in the Capitals 3-2 shootout victory to earn his first win of the season. Grubauer appeared in 17 games with Washington last season and ranked eighth among NHL rookie goaltenders in saves (434) and wins (6). Grubauer represented Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Minsk, Belarus, and became the second German-born goaltender in NHL history to record a victory last season (Thomas Greiss). The most exciting German visitor to D.C. since Angela Merkel! Now, Grubauer played pretty darn well for the Capitals back in 2013-14, when Michal Neuvirth went down with an injury. This isn’t an epic downgrade at the position, at least on paper. But there’s no question Holtby was the Capitals’ third most vital player behind Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom this season. The soft goal he gave up to Brock Nelson in the first in Game 1 did the team no favors, but a strong redemptive game from Holtby from Game 2 could have been in the cards. Instead, is a player making his first Stanley Cup Playoff start against an Islanders team that’s no doubt smelling blood.  MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

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With Holtby ill, Capitals recall Grubauer from AHL Hershey (The Associated Press)

With starting goalie Braden Holtby ill, the Capitals have recalled backup Philipp Grubauer from Hershey of the AHL before Game 2 of Washington's playoff series against the New York Islanders. Speaking hours before Friday's game, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Holtby has ''been under the weather since Game 1.'' Washington lost the opener of the Eastern Conference first-round series 4-1 at home on Wednesday.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 17, 2015 at 4:18 pm

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For Game 2 vs. Islanders, Braden Holtby is sick? Unbelievable (Puck Daddy)

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby sat out practice on Friday morning ahead of Game 2 of their series against the New York Islanders, feeling under the weather.  Hershey Bears starter Philipp Grubauer was recalled from the AHL as a precaution. From the Washington Post: According to Coach Barry Trotz, Holtby missed Thursday’s optional skate for this very reason, and the Capitals saw little value in having Holtby tax himself the next morning with such a critical game around the bend. So they recalled Grubauer, who drove into town Thursday night. Holtby still attended meetings and “got a little bit of movement today,” Trotz said, but any on-ice work will come during pregame warmups. “When you’re not feeling well, no sense draining yourself anymore,” Trotz said. Basically, everyone in the Capitals locker room expects Holtby to get the start in Game 2, after the Islanders took Game 1 of the series, 4-1. Trotz also said that Holtby’s status shouldn’t be affected by the illness. He set a Capitals team record with 25 straight starts to end the season, and that’s led to some accusations – tongue-in-cheek or otherwise – from Capitals fans that he’s been worn down. But we’ll just go ahead and assume he’s A-OK and will be laser-focused on Game 2 and not at all sick or fatigued, which are things that would lead to soft goals. You know, like the one the Capitals gave up to Brock Nelson of the Islanders just 6:06 into Game 1, for example.  MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY

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Connor McDavid lottery set for Saturday, Hitmen’s Tambellini hurting: the coast-to-coast (Buzzing The Net)

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

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