Penguins clobber Capitals to take 2-0 series lead

Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel each had two goals and an assist, Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 6-2 on Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal.

Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist left the ice in obvious pain after blocking a shot late in the period.

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, right, looks on from the bench next to defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9), of Russian Federation, during the third period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Pittsb. This latest report indicates that the Penguins could bring back the HBK line - comprised of Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel - a trio that was absolutely electric on the way to the Stanley Cup title a year ago. They will leave with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft.

After Ovechkin regained some momentum for the Capitals, they eventually tied the game at 8:05 of the third period on a goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov. His next two goals allowed the Senators to erase a 5-3 Rangers lead late in the third and force overtime, which he then ended with this awesome shot. "You know, we're playing pretty good teams here". "You don't get some for a while and then they come in bunches". Grubauer allowed a goal on the second shot he faced, making it 4-1.

With the Capitals now down 2-0 heading into Pittsburgh, they will need Holtby to return to form.

In the first period, the Capitals picked up from where they left off at the end of the third period in Game 1. "But certainly moving forward, I think we have to do a better job of not relying on it as much as we have to this point". For the former kid thrust into the National Hockey League at age 18 back in 2003, it truly was uncharted territory over the a year ago to watch as Matt Murray backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2016, with nothing for Fleury to do but don a baseball cap from the bench, bite his lip and be happy for his brothers who were involved. I think we can see a couple areas where we're having success and a couple areas where we could potentially get in trouble. Apparently that meant throwing as many players on the ice as possible.

Why didn't Sullivan just hold up an old-fashioned gold watch on a chain, swing it back and forth and say, "You are feeling exhausted". Here is one way: When the Capitals hit a rough patch throughout the season, they'd have a meeting like the one on Saturday night.

"They're both driven", Washington coach Barry Trotz said. We've got to find some goals for him, too. "He's a game-changer for us and so when he didn't change the game, I just looked to change the mojo there a little bit, that's all". Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates his third goal of the game against the New York Rangers with center Kyle Turris (7) and right wing Bobby Ryan (9) during the third period of Game 2 of a.

"I think I closed my eyes when I shot and thankfully it went in", Pageau said of the victor.

For the second game, Washington majorly out-shot the Penguins.

In these playoffs, Holtby has a.911 save percentage and 2.62 goals-against average. The Penguins stars struck when opportunities presented themselves. "And so we were able to take advantage of a few shots tonights that helped us win the game".

  • Julie Sanders