Capitals replace Holtby in goal for 3rd period of Game 2

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The Washington Capitals have probably outplayed the Penguins in this series, but it doesn't show in the scoreboard where they've lost by a combined score of 9-4 and have now dropped seven of the last 10 meetings against the Penguins overall. The last, which came off the stick of Jake Guentzel after Crosby blocked a shot and then fed the rookie the puck, disappointed Holtby the most. It was Nicklas Backstrom who then spoke up.

"That third goal, that's a big moment", Holtby said. Pittsburgh wasted a 2-0 lead before Bonino beat Braden Holtby.

"This group find ways to have success", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. I think he has the ability to park things, and he'll park it.

The Washington Capitals, who went into this playoff series as one of the favorites to go on and win the Stanley Cup, now find themselves with their backs against the wall.

The Capitals outplayed the Eastern Conference second-round playoff series. "He's another one of those players where his best hockey seems to be when the stakes are high".

Wearing a blue baseball hat instead of a hockey mask, sitting on the Washington Capitals bench instead of guarding their net, Vezina Trophy victor Braden Holtby shook his head as his replacement settled into the crease. The goal is to win four out of seven, and it really doesn't matter how you do that.

Of course, this series is far from over, but the Capitals looked completely overmatched in Game 2. It's not about that. Pittsburgh F Chris Kunitz passed Mario Lemieux for fifth place on the team's all-time postseason games played list with 108. Ovechkin kept Washington fans on the edge of their seats when he didn't score a goal until the second period. The Capitals arguably played one of their best first periods to start the game as they outshot Pittsburgh, 16-5.


With two days between games, NY had Sunday off to rest and regroup following the loss before returning to the ice. Another notable statistic wrinkle: The Penguins have an 82-63 edge in scoring chances as defined by Corsica Hockey. "In the first series (against the Columbus Blue Jackets), the first two games here, he's made timely saves for us, especially in that first period". "You see him out there I think he's the strongest guy in the league on his skates and he knocks the guys off". "Obviously, we could've been up by a couple and we weren't, and I think we got impatient there and got a little frustrated that we weren't". Ryan Dzingel tied it with a power-play goal 11 minutes after McDonagh tallied.

"That was the message". But it didn't matter, as Fleury stayed locked in all game long. When media were allowed in, Orpik, an alternate captain, was critical of his teammates.

Reminded that he said late Saturday night that it was too early to know who'd be in goal, Trotz added: "There's no question he's our goaltender. He gives us that timely save when we need it".

That was at least in part a reference to a golf outing by some players earlier in the trip. Washington D Karl Alzner (upper body injury) missed his sixth straight game. But as we know: Goals are always better than hits, and the Pens won where it counts. The Predators want to tap into that home crowd energy once more before heading back to St. Louis for Game 5.

Now I'm not trying to mock the Capitals or downgrade them as a team. "What was said is what needed to be said".

The Flyers had just a 2.2 per cent chance of winning the lottery, yet they moved all the way up into the No. 2 selection spot when it was over.

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