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Penguins and Capitals take it the distance

20 Mai 2017

Just about everyone has had to wait for the test results to come back from the medical lab. As for the Caps, they are a much stronger team when they are patient with the puck. [Monday], we weren't able to do any of that.

"We're just trying to shoot where there is open spot", Kuznetsov said. In the third period, Ovechkin will win it for the Capitals. And Pittsburgh goes from being on the verge of moving on to the third round to being suddenly confronted with its own postseason mortality, having failed twice now to extinguish the Capitals.

The Capitals appeared on the verge of another exit at the hands of the Penguins going into the third period of Game 5.

Instead, we got an excuse because of the rulebook. "That's a game we thought we probably should have had".

The concern is that Crosby's brain may not have fully healed from the previous concussion and that could have put him in a unsafe situation in Game 6. I'm not out here saying the Penguins or Sullivan or Crosby did or didn't do anything, just suggesting that it might be a good idea to get on the same page. But Crosby and coach Mike Sullivan said he was checked by a doctor and not put into the NHL's concussion protocol. They've controlled the puck, been more patient and made timely adjustments. Anyone who cares about the game and the person can only hope what happened Monday night will not have any long-term effects on one of the biggest stars the game has ever seen, one who hasn't yet reached his 30 birthday, but already has an extensive case file when it comes to brain trauma.

"Since Game 3 we've had a sense of calmness about what we're doing", Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "Get to their zone a little bit more often". But I'd say it's built over the course of the entire year.

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Despite being ahead in the series, Pittsburgh has been outshot in every game, by an average of 34.8 to 23.

With nearly the entire team back from last year's Stanley Cup run, the Penguins have plenty of experience to draw on, especially when it comes to playing with their backs against the wall. Washington heads into a deciding seventh game for the 10th time in 15 playoff series since the Alex Ovechkin/Nicklas Backstrom began with the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.

"I haven't been here forever but, one, I've never been in a Game 7", said Washington forward T.J. Which is exactly why a dispassionate, unbiased person who is both literally and figuratively removed from the situation is empowered to make those decisions.

“Obviously theres more at stake when its the final game, ” said Carlyle, who won the Cup in 2007 but hasnt won a Game 7 since 2006. Among the long departed who played that night: Bill Guerin, Mirolsav Satan and Hal Gill for the Penguins; Tom Poti, Viktor Kozlov and Sergei Fedorov for the Capitals.

Honestly, I'm not sure which would be worse. Those Caps arrived home with all sorts of momentum and anticipation, and they were simply overwhelmed in a 6-2 Penguins victory. In the losses, Fleury best save percentage came in game 3 when he posted a 90.9 save percentage. Goaltender John Gibson was pulled from his only Game 7 start in 2014 after allowing four goals on 18 shots, and hes coming another hook after three goals on six shots in a 7-1 drubbing in Game 6 on Sunday. We still have our back against the wall. "I believe in this group and we're going to rely on our experience".

"We gave ourselves the opportunity to continue to play hockey".