Capitals rally past Penguins in Game 5 to avoid elimination
May 09 2017 by Cristina Jennings
What's particularly curious about this second-round series against Pittsburgh though is that, save maybe the Game 2 disaster, Washington has been the better team by a fair margin. "They're going to have to be all in", Washington coach Barry Trotz said Sunday during a conference call with reporters.
A 5-4 overtime loss Saturday - after the Senators scored the tying goal with 1:26 left in the third period on a shot that bounced off three Rangers before trickling across the goal line - put NY on the brink of elimination. Braden Holtby made big saves in the third period, and he had 20 saves.
With Pittsburgh's offense sputtering, Washington had even more license to heap constant pressure on Marc-Andre Fleury.
Despite not having Sidney Crosby in the lineup, the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to pull off a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid and Drake Caggiula scored during a dominant second period, but the Oilers coughed up a big late lead despite solid play by Talbot, who stopped 60 shots.
The Predators won their ninth straight playoff game in Nashville going back to last postseason. "With this injury you've got to kind of wait it out and see how you feel". Is it too much to believe they'll show up again to save their team in Game 6?
"I would say just a little bit more zone time", he said. With Sidney Crosby in the penalty box for hooking 12 minutes into the period, the Capitals were a man-up and had the ideal opportunity to use passing geometry to their advantage.
The first two periods the Capitals controlled the flow of play, but found themselves in a 2-1 deficit. Andre Burakovsky also scored for Washington. His second assist came on Brasard's game-tying goal with 1:26 remaining in the third period. Washington will have to shake the déjà vu and tune out the history narrative if they hope to re-write the script this time around. Like I said, we had some chances there.
After the unprecedented comeback required just to get back into Game 5, the Ducks finished it off with one more moment of hard-earned grace from their dynamic duo.
Capitals players said there was no shortage of belief despite being down 2-1 after two on Penguins goals by Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel, and Game 5 following a similar script of more shots but fewer goals.
NOTES: Penguins D Trevor Daley did not play after getting hit by Washington's Tom Wilson in Game 5.
Pittsburgh pushed back, but Holtby made several very good stops to maintain the two-goal lead.
In the last two minutes of the first period, Trotz returned to his old forward combinations with Ovechkin on the first line and Burakovsky on the third. I think thats what they were tonight.. Weve just got to take one game at a time and you have to reset here and, hopefully, we can get some confidence off this win..
The best moments were the times they got the puck past Fleury, the 2009 Stanley Cup victor who was Matt Murray's backup on the Penguins' title run a year ago and is only starting because of the 23-year-old's injury. This means that Jake Guentzel, who is tied for the league scoring lead with eight goals so far, was shifted back to play on Evgeni Malkin's wing. But in the Capitals' first-round series against the Maple Leafs this postseason, Kuznetsov had the unenviable task of going head-to-head with Toronto star rookie center Auston Matthews.