The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins had yet another exciting game in their series. Matter of fact, when the two players and their respective teams have collided in the post-season, Ovechkin has been just as good, if not better than Crosby from a statistical perspective. But this time, the Capitals continued playing strong hockey to the finish for a 4-1 victory. Dumoulin, Carl Hagelin and Evgeni Malkin all practiced with the Pens in Cranberry Township Monday, and will be considered "game-time decisions".
Entering the current series, there had been 20 playoff games between Pittsburgh and Washington in the post-lockout era, with Ovechkin suiting up in each and every one and Crosby missing one outing during last season's series. "That's going to even out throughout the series, maybe a guy with two [goals] is going to get hot here and there". "I mean everyone's elevated their game".
Vrana, with his first career playoff goal, made it 2-0 on the powerplay about 14 minutes later after taking a pass from Lars Eller.
Murray made 18 of his 28 saves in the first period when the Capitals had an onslaught and built their lead.
It's undeniable Pittsburgh has gotten sub-optimal starts against the Capitals. Offensively, his game's come a long ways, but his physical play is, he's trying to walk the line of being a real physical player, but play clean, keeping his elbows down, feet on the ice. So a bad start isn't the worst thing in the world. However, they've dominated possession, creating high-danger chances while not allowing too many.
Washington never trailed in the game, in which four different Capitals scored. "We've got a team in here that's pretty good and confident and we've got to go to Pittsburgh and get a game". The Capitals were able to generate pressure on two of their power-plays, converting on one of them. He declined to comment on the fact that there was no penalty in the game for the hit and will be no supplemental punishment from the National Hockey League, which did not set a hearing for Wilson.
It is, however, worth noting the Penguins scored their lone goal on a four-on-four. Washington Capitals' forward Tom Wilson. Look for Barry Trotz's men to match Pittsburgh's depth-ridden roster as they aim to escape from the jaws of defeat.
It makes you wonder: Have the Capitals exposed a weakness in Murray, the only goalie in National Hockey League history to back-stop his team to two Stanley Cup championships as a rookie, the 23-year-old (he turns 24 next month) who's trying to lead his team to a third straight championship, the soft-spoken guy who's already posted two shutouts in these playoffs?
But Scheifele forced overtime with his fourth goal in this series and eighth this postseason with 1:05 left in regulation and Hellebuyck pulled for the extra attacker.
Pekka Rinne faced 50 shots in the Nashville net, and he stopped 46 of them. Both have missed the first two games against Washington. "In Game 1, that was tough". But in Game 2, he was a positive difference maker.
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