But two games in, it doesn't look like Pittsburgh and Washington will go the distance.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) reaches for the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) during the third period of Game 1 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. "When we get those chances, we bear down and those are key goals for us".
Pittsburgh took control of the second-round playoff series thanks to Saturday's 6-2 win at Verizon Center.
Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist for Washington, which has yet to lead in the series despite a huge edge in shot attempts.
It was marketed as Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin and, one game in, it has lived up to that billing. Then another Capitals mistake allowed Scott Wilson to find Bonino in some open ice, and the third-line center beat Braden Holtby with 7:24 left for the Game 1 victor.
WASHINGTON (AP) - When Sidney Crosby wasn't beating the Washington Capitals putting the puck through his legs, he was doing it belly down on the ice.
The Capitals held a team meeting after Saturday's game, and though players didn't want to get into specifics, forward T.J. Game 2 of the second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins offered Ovechkin (and his Washington Capitals) a chance at redemption.
"I think I closed my eyes when I shot and thankfully it went in", Pageau said of the victor. At the very least, Holtby will have to perform like the reigning Vezina Trophy victor.
Game 2 is Saturday in Ottawa. Malkin's deflection was initially waved off for goaltender interference, but the Penguins challenged and the call was overturned.
Guentzel, the 22-year-old rookie, leads the National Hockey League with seven goals in these playoffs. "And they will respond again". The period ends 0-0.
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"Playing with great players and just trying to be around the net", Guentzel said.
We know, even with a victory, the Pens have a lot to tighten up for Game 2.
That'll go up, though, as he works his way back to 100 percent. But about 1 minute into the second period, the Penguins' Matt Cullen scored a shorthanded breakaway goal that seemed to take the wind out of the Capitals' sails. Despite being hooked by Oshie, Cullen slid the puck through the five hole for a short-handed goal and a 1-0 Pittsburgh lead.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan didn't have an update Sunday on forwards Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl, who left Game 2. On the seventh, they created: a Game 1 win over Washington that took home-ice advantage away from the Presidents' Trophy winners and put the Capitals, for the third time already in these playoffs, in a spot that championship-quality teams think of as nearly dire.
"No penalties against their side", Ovechkin said.
The Penguins regained the lead at 13:04 when Crosby entered the zone and, with a trio of defenders closing on him, fed across to Kessel in the right circle.
Holtby was also hard on himself after the game.
The play started when Crosby blocked a Justin Williams shot and got the puck to Guentzel while down on the ice. "We've got to find some goals in our room right now, and we haven't found enough". Those private discussions often had the desired response with Washington winning the games immediately after them.
NOTES: LW Carl Hagelin returned to the Penguins' lineup after being out since March 10 with a lower-body injury. Capitals D Karl Alzner missed his fifth consecutive game with an upper-body injury.
These two teams know how to score.
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