Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. The impact might not have been on Monday's game, which the Capitals won easily.
The Pittsburgh Penguins led this Eastern Conference semifinal series 3-1 at one point, but the Washington Capitals have battled back to force a Game 7 which is set for Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. PT.
Rangers forward Jesper Fast said: "We have no time to waste right now".
"They think they can win Game 7". "Whatever it takes for you to get ready, whether it's a hit or making a good play".
On a night when the Penguins needed to come out and control play in the offensive zone, they failed to register a shot in the first half of the period, finished the period with only three shots on net total and of those three, two were pucks launched from the blue line that happened to be on net. Goaltender John Gibson was pulled from his only Game 7 start in 2014 after allowing four goals on 18 shots, and he's coming off another hook after three goals on six shots in a 7-1 drubbing in Game 6 on Sunday.
"We're having fun now", Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters after his team's dominant win Monday night.
His most notable Game 7 appearance came in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. "Now it boils down to one". Im sure that you could poll 100 people, and 99 of them would say theyd rather play at home.
"No, we're going to have to do something different", Ted said. If we dont hold serve, then its not what were looking for..
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Sullivan also insisted there's no concern Crosby might miss Wednesday's winner-take-all Game 7. Trotz doesn't think it'll have anything to do with history.
"Felt fine. Just kind of knocked the wind out of me, but felt fine. We've had a calmness since Game 3". Youre not going to win every one. I don't really want to do it.
Craig Anderson worked in only one of the half dozen games and he was chased by the Penguins after nearly 53 minutes of one encounter, giving up seven goals on 43 shots in the eventual 8-5 loss on December 5 at PPG Paints Arena.
The Caps have thrived on adversity throughout the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, and they've played some of their best hockey of the postseason in these last two games while their backs were to the wall and they were staring down the prospect of elimination. Ovechkin, who went without a point in Game 6, had three shots and three hits.
"Since Game 3, we've had a calmness about what we're doing". It's safe to say those bounces favoured the Caps in Game 6 and ended up behind Marc-Andre Fleury. Crosby fell head first into the boards and teammate Patric Hornqvist landed on his head.
Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan tinkered with his lines after Game 5, reuniting the "HBK" line (Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel) that played an instrumental part in the team's Cup run last spring.
"Yep. Yeah. Pretty standard", Crosby told NHL Network, affirming doctors had cleared him to keep playing. And this has nothing to do with the Penguins because the new concussion spotter protocol was supposed to take this decision entirely out of their hands. If you need even more convincing, here's an important stat: The team that scores first in Game 7 is 124-42 all-time including a 5-0 mark in 2016.
The confusion surrounding the medical evaluation of Sidney Crosby in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Penguins' Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday was replaced Tuesday by a bevy of questions and much criticism of the NHL's concussion protocol following the star center's headfirst collision with the end boards just seven days after sustaining the fourth concussion of his career.
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