Legacies on the line in this latest Penguins-Capitals Game 7 clash

FILE- This May 13, 2009 file photo shows Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) making a save on Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russian Federation, during the first period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey sec.

This is the 10th Game 7 in 15 playoff series during the Alex Ovechkin era. Fubo TV carries over 70 live digital channels including NBCSN. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays.

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. Crosby went down - or, as the National Hockey League would argue, sideways - in the first period of Game 6, banging his head against the boards then hitting the ice. Similarly, Kuznetsov has tallied two goals and three assists in three wins this series and only two goals in three losses. "Get to their zone a little bit more often". "Now we have to focus on the second game, not think about the Game 7".

"Backstrom is one of those guys who I think is one of the most underrated players in the National Hockey League", Trotz said. They mustered just 18 shots on goal, and only six came in the first two periods. Some of that is the play in front of him, especially with Pittsburgh defenseman Trevor Daley missing Game 6 with a lower-body injury, but if the Capitals have found a hole on the goaltenders glove side theyre not saying. Facing elimination and with everyone already chalking this series up as yet another playoff failure for the Caps, Washington had nothing to lose in Games 5 and 6.

A 5-4 overtime loss Saturday - after the Senators scored the tying goal with 1:26 left in the third period on a shot that bounced off three Rangers before trickling across the goal line - put NY on the brink of elimination.

The Washington Capitals own three wins in the Eastern Conference semifinal and feel as if they have performed well enough to have more. "Whatever it takes for you to get ready, whether it's a hit or making a good play". But for a backup goalie who was just OK during the regular season, you have to wonder if Fleury is coming back down to earth. Washington scored in every period, scored twice on the power play, was flawless on the penalty kill, and needed just 26 shots on goal to score five times.

The sum totals for the six players on those two lines after Burakovsky scored twice and Oshie added his first of the series Monday night: seven goals. "We take away the things we did really well tonight - which was getting pucks deep, blocking shots and getting pucks out when [the Penguins] were pinching - and take it into the next game, and improve on some other areas". This will be the fourth time they will meet in a Game 7.

Fleury has allowed nine goals on 58 shots the past two games after nine on 142 shots the first four games against the Capitals.

The Capitals have to be the favorites going into Wednesday. "The last two games they have dominated. And if we want to keep playing, we're going to have to be at our best". The Penguins could turn it on, the HBK line could find their stride, Malkin could be great instead of taking stupid penalties, and Crosby could be MVP and steal another chance from Ovechkin. Washington is 3-3 at home this postseason; Pittsburgh is 3-2 on the road.

  • Julie Sanders