Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals - 5/1/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

And what did they have to show for it? Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates his game-winning goal with left wing Mike Hoffman (68) against the New York Rangers during the second overtime of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup se.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russian Federation, skates with the puck against Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. This is a problem, as they have to score or get some goals to take that pressure off Holtby. Despite the hype, these Capitals aren't any reason for the Penguins to worry. Pittsburgh went 0 for 2 with the man advantage, but Trotz thought there were opportunities for his team to get at least one chance. Marc-Andre Fleury was outstanding in goal, carrying them to a win they might not have deserved. The Penguins' backup goaltender drew the starting nod eight minutes before the opening game against Columbus and has been stellar. But the Penguins respond well, and Fleury continues to keep things in check.

Between Anderson in one net and Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes for the Rangers, goals could be at a premium.

And while Sullivan praised his players for their willingness to put their bodies on the line to help the team, he's hoping that an increased offensive presence moving forward will lessen the need to go to the ice as much as they have through the first two games.

Nearly eight years after their "dueling hat tricks" game, Ovechkin answered Crosby with his fourth goal of the playoffs, but his team couldn't compensate for the Penguins captain's greatness. He has yet to allow a soft goal.

Then the quick-strike Penguins were at it again.

"The playoffs are made of big moments, and on that third goal, it's a big moment".

Holtby stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced but allowed Bonino's goal with 7:24 left.

The play started when Crosby blocked a Justin Williams shot and got the puck to Guentzel while down on the ice.

Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the victor in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

Instead, the Penguins' 6-2 victory marked the latest installment of Sidney Crosby's One-Upsmanship tour-and more frustration for Ovechkin and the Capitals, who dominated statistically for the second straight game but fell short where it mattered most. Malkin had a goal and an assist on Saturday.

But Pittsburg made it 5-2 at 5:31. That marked Washington's first goal in 20 shots and three power plays. The result was a 1-0 deficit. Game 1 marked the first time they hit the under this season.

They paid a price, though. Pittsburgh RW Patric Hornqvist left the game in the first period after blocking a shot by John Carlson and did not return. He leads the playoffs in goals scored and already owns the franchise record for playoff goals by a rookie.

In their careers, Crosby and Ovechkin have played 55 games against each other in the regular season and playoffs.

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist for Washington, which has yet to lead in the series. The Penguins looked a lot better after that.

It's impossible to believe that after so many battles that these two can continue to live up to the hype, but they do.

  • Julie Sanders