Brett Connolly scores on breakaway for first career playoff goal

Zach Aston Reese #46 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates off of the ice after getting hit by Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals during the second period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The total has gone under in three of Washington's last five games. In Game 2, the Capitals came out on top 4-1 over the Penguins in a game that was closer than the score suggests.

The Penguins were furious, saying they did their own homework. Can Washington bounce back this afternoon to even the series at a game apiece? I know the Washington Capitals have had issues over the years in the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins have been their kryptonite, but you can't ignore the value of the plus money in this game. Pittsburgh took the early series lead in Round 2, beating the Capitals 3-2 Thursday in Washington. They are 9-5 when revenging a home loss to an opponent this season. "Whether you use deductive reasoning or you can see the white, whatever it may be, that's how we saw it", Pittsburgh Coach Mike Sullivan said. "I think we learned from Game 1", said Connolly.

This was a game Nashville desperately needed to win since they had dropped Game 1 on their home ice. And next to Crosby was Patric Hornqvist, the central character in the most controversial play of the day.

But what's often overlooked when revisiting past meetings between the two teams and the constant reminder that Ovechkin and his Capitals have had a great difficulty in ousting Crosby and his Penguins from the post-season is that very little of the blame for that could or should fall on Ovechkin. Holtby, who didn't have the most sparkling regular season and who found himself playing backup in Games 1 and 2 against Columbus, even registered an assist in Sunday's win.

"Just confidence. It starts there", Trotz says. "If you have to go back into the memory bank, at least we have one. There are some things that I guess are going in the right direction".

The road does offer the visiting team a sense of routine. He played in just seven games, a healthy scratch for the other six as Washington opted to play seven defensemen with 11 forwards. "We earned our breaks", Connolly said. "You're there for hockey". But in Game 2, he was a positive difference maker.

Tom Wilson will not have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety, reports Greg Wyshynski of ESPN, meaning he will not be suspended for his hit to Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin in Game 2.

Wilson was pursuing Dumoulin in the offensive zone and caught Dumoulin's head with his left shoulder a second before Dumoulin was hit by Alex Ovechkin.

Malkin's continued absence affords a bigger role for centers Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan, and, combined with an upper-body injury to Carl Hagelin, keeps Carter Rowney and Dominik Simon in the lineup.

Ultimately, the league's Situation Room in Toronto decided there wasn't enough hard evidence to overturn the call on the ice. Dumoulin stopped his progress to brace for the hit from Ovechkin.

Crosby and Hornqvist were on the ice for the Penguins' only goal, Kris Letang scoring from the point through traffic at 4-on-4.