National Hockey League playoff action on Tuesday evening and we will see the Washington Capitals battle it out with the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena in Pittsburgh, PA in game three of their best-of-seven series. "Whatever they decided, we were fine with". "We earned our breaks", Connolly said. After the Capitals stormed back against the Columbus Blue Jackets thanks to their power-play and penalty kill, both units helped them get a win in Game 2.
Only the biggest of optimists could have imagined Brian Dumoulin taking part in the Penguins' practice on Monday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex less than 24 hours after being knocked silly by Tom Wilson's shoulder.
During the playoffs, the Penguins have been very good on offense as they come in ranked 2nd in scoring at 4.00 gpg, while also ranking 12th in shots taken (30.3 spg) and 10th in power play conversions, converting on 16.7% of their chances.
Crosby and Hornqvist were on the ice for the Penguins' only goal, Kris Letang scoring from the point through traffic at 4-on-4. No definitive replays showing the puck over the goal line and Wilson's hit that injured Dumoulin left them steaming but also kicking themselves for starting slow and falling behind again. I think he's doing a good job and he's playing the game the way he should, the way he needs to to be a really effective player. "We know what they're about", Connolly said.
The Predators and Jets finished the season with the two best records during the regular season, and the first two games indicate that this should be one of the most compelling series of the playoffs.
Blowing two-goal leads had become a theme for Washington, which made Connolly's early-second-period goal all that much more important. "We learned from that this time around". The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games. After seeing his shot cross the line behind Murray, Connolly skated behind the net with his stick raised to salute the crowd before leading the fly-by glove-taps with his teammates on the bench, the second time this postseason he's gotten into celly mode. "It's the playoffs", Crosby said later.
Some people have stated that Dumoulin turned in to the elbow of Wilson and therefore shouldn't be suspended. "The way I look at it: There's no way I can get his head from that point where I am".
"He stops and turns and I'm kind of right there as (Ovechkin) is coming in pretty aggressively", Wilson said.
Wilson was already ready to move on. "It's a collision. I end up getting blown right out of the water, too.it's a bit of an unfortunate play that he got hurt". "We've got a good team here and when you get to the playoffs anything can happen". "Those are things that you can bank on maybe for some positive feeling going forward". That would have made it 3-2 and it could have changed the way the rest of the game was played. If Evgeni Malkin is, in fact, close to returning, the Penguins might just have everything they need to overwhelm their opponent on home ice.
No real tangible update was given on Dumoulin's status after the game and Mike Sullivan brushed off questions from reporters wanting to get his opinion on the matter. The goal was the seventh of the postseason for Russia's Ovechkin.