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Stanley Cup playoffs three stars Penguins land first punch on Capitals behind Crosby Fleury

Fleury's again been up to the challenge stopping 67 of 71 shots in the first to games of the series, again both Penguins wins and again largely due to their goalie.

The Pittsburgh Penguins pulled off a slight upset on Thursday night, beating the Washington Capitals on the road 3-2 in Game 1.

After Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored four goals for the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 on Saturday including the double-overtime victor that put them up 2-0 in the series against the New York Rangers, it might be time for another defensive strategy.

When Sidney Crosby wasn't beating the Washington Capitals putting the puck through his legs, he was doing it belly down on the ice.

Holtby was yanked for the start of the third period in what became a 6-2 Washington loss to Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Saturday night.

"We hadn't played for a little bit, so we really wanted to establish the way we wanted to play and I thought it we did a pretty good job of that", Crosby said. It wasn't ideal by any stretch. Overall, he doesn't look like the Holtby we've come to know through the playoffs.

"Sometimes depending on the situations it's nearly the road team that dictates how the game is played because just the guys they put on the ice in certain faceoffs, and then the other team has to respond to that", Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk said. Holtby's struggles have looked even worse when compared to how Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has played, stopping 34 shots in Game 2 as the Capitals again significantly outshot the Penguins. Three-plus minutes later, Crosby went down to block Justin Williams' shot, slid the puck go Guentzel while still on his belly to jumpstart the 2-on-1 and the rookie from Omaha, Nebraska beat Holtby clean to make it 3-1 Pittsburgh. Braden Holtby has given up 22 goals on 248 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer have allowed two goals on nine shots. "He brings his best game when the games are most important, and we've got a lot of guys on our roster that we can say that about". "He's a game-changer for us".

Fleury has been the Penguins' best player.

A red-rocking Verizon Center was electric through a goal-less first period, and the sellout crowd got a chance to boo quickly in the second period. "That's where your goalie needs to come up with a save". "It's fun to win". Tons of it. They crunched Columbus in five games, while the Caps needed six games against Toronto - five of them in overtime.

After his OT score, Pageau slid into the end boards, skated to the left corner and was swarmed by teammates.

After watching that game, I do not think people have been fairly rating the Penguin's - without Letang they're screwed. "That was the toughest game of the season for us and they fought so hard and had so many chances, but we found a way to get it done".

Crosby was a one-man goal generator in Game 2.

Karlsson's first attempt was blocked by Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, but the second - the shot leaving his tape from below the goal line - somehow found its way past the Swedish goaltender, who had been almost unbeatable to that point. Letang makes his partner a near-elite player, and pushes everyone else down a peg.

"Haggy's a great two-way player", Kessel said. To beat them you have to do everything right. He wasn't even Pittsburgh's top option going into the postseason, as Fleury only got the net because Matt Murray got hurt during warmups before the Penguins' first playoff game. At front is Capitals defenseman John Carlson. RW Paul Carey replaced Brett Connolly in the Capitals' lineup.

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