Capitals overwhelm Penguins 5-2 to force Game 7

If the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 to move on to the Eastern Conference Final, it won't really feel like the Ovechkins beating the Crosbys. Since, they have completely grabbed the Stanley Cup playoffs and spun them like a top - scoring the last three goals of Game 5 and the first five of Game 6. FILE- This May 13, 2009 file photo shows Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) making a save on Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russian Federation, during the first period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey sec.

Jake Guentzel notched his playoff-leading ninth goal late in the third and Evgeni Malkin scored almost a minute later to make the score appear less catastrophic on paper. Cole registered a minus-3 rating, while Hainsey had a giveaway in the second period that resulted in Andre Burakovsky's goal that put the Capitals up 2-0.

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Following concern about Sidney Crosby's health after he crashed into the boards dangerously in Monday's Game 6 and played on, the Pittsburgh Penguins' star clarified Tuesday how it was decided he stay on the ice. "You've got an opportunity to win a game like this and win a series at home".

Penguins fans will lament the fact that Pittsburgh played this series without its best defenseman (Kris Letang) and its starting goalie (Matt Murray).

The Pittsburgh Penguins would advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third time in five years with a victory here. If they can not generate a simple breakout play, or move the puck in a quick, and effective manner, it will be more of the same in D.C. Ron Hainsey had a brutal game, esp on the Caps second goal where his turnover allowed the play to take place. "I can't believe we have to say that in 2017". The Capitals can not let the pressure change the way they have played the last two games.

One of the reasons that led to the Penguins' loss was due to their collapse from Washington's up-ice pressure. They've played in the Olympics in their respective states and the Crosbys have won gold home and away and the Ovechkins have ribbons for participation. The victor still has to get past the victor of the Ottawa Senators-New York Rangers series to advance to the Finals. Teammates took notice that Ovechkin didn't complain or pout as Washington won two games with him playing alongside center Lars Eller and right wing Tom Wilson. "We've been out-chancing them nearly every game and he's been saving them". Intent on not repeating history, the Capitals jumped on the defending Stanley Cup champions early and didn't relent.

"[The league has] a poorly written policy that should be amended before the puck is dropped in another NHL game", Nowinski said.

Too many stretch passes are being attempted since the one worked in Game 2.

The collision with the boards that Sidney Crosby was involved in during the first period raised many eyebrows, seemingly because Crosby had just returned from a recent concussion. He remained in the game but found little room to work. They also made some adjustments with their neutral-zone play to cut down on the number of counterattack chances the Penguins were getting and slow their speedy forwards. By then the Capitals already had a 1-0 lead on Oshie's fourth of the playoffs.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan tinkered with his line combinations reuniting the "HBK" line (Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel) that played an instrumental part in the team's Cup run last spring. We'll regroup. We're going to enjoy this.

In Game 5, Ovechkin showed flashes of his true ability and stepped up when his team needed him. He was replaced in the lineup by D Chad Ruhwedel, who made his National Hockey League playoff debut.

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