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Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: 3 Takeaways From Game 2

02 May, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Penguins erase 2-goal deficit beat Capitals 3-2 in Game 1

The Penguins have gone four games without a power-play goal, failing on their last 12 attempts with the man-advantage.

The Penguins return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday for Game 3 in a series that has moved quickly from the Capitals' frustration after blowing a lead in a Game 1 loss to the Penguins' frustration after a series of controversial moments didn't go their way in a Game 2 loss.

"I thought it would be clear one way or the other", said Holtby, who finished with 32 saves, "but I was told it was a pretty odd play". You just have to play the full 60. Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the postseason, while Jakub Vrana added his first of the playoffs later in the first period to make it 2-0.

Connolly clearly knocked Murray off balance, but in the eyes of the league he had enough time to reset himself and get back into position to continue to play his position.

And then the Capitals made their own break, with Connolly getting the all-important third goal, insurance the series would be tied.

"I'm backchecking the puck, and he stops. It was an emotional game, and now it's time to go on the road and we need to steal a couple of wins in their building".

That would not be the only review in the game.

The Capitals won 4-1 to even the series.

The Penguins thought he should've allowed one more goal to Patric Hornqvist in the third period.

This was the only angle that clearly showed the puck. "We've got a good team here and when you get to the playoffs anything can happen". "They're experienced team, they're not going to give up and they're not gonna give easy play for us". Wilson was chasing him and not able to initiate any sort of hit, but Dumoulin stopped suddenly. The Capitals have been defeated by the Penguins in the second round for the past two years on the Penguins' way to two consecutive Stanley Cup titles, and with how little the two teams have changed from last year to now, there's not much of a doubt in my mind that the Pens are going to wipe the floor with the Caps.

Pittsburgh star center Evgeni Malkin has missed the first two games of this series with a leg injury and is ruled questionable tonight.

All-time, the battles between the two teams lean decidedly in Pittsburgh's favor. That is a major dent in their forward depth. With AP Photos.A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press there will not be a disciplinary hearing for Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson for his hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin.

There also needs to be some attention given to the game Holtby played in net for the Capitals on Sunday because he was outstanding, stopping 32 of the 33 shots he faced. Like Crosby, he scored six goals and had 13 points against Philadelphia, and he really came alive in an incredible four-goal effort to shut down the Flyers' playoff hopes in Game 6 of the series. He made a couple of highlight reel saves - including two on Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel that really stood out - to help slow down the Penguins' offense.

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