Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0 series lead

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After Holtby allowed three goals on 14 shots, coach Barry Trotz pulled him and inserted Philipp Grubauer to start the third period. Grubauer allowed a goal on the second shot he faced, making it 4-1. The goals by Matt Cullen (shorthanded), Kessel and Guentzel weren't all Holtby's fault because of miscues and odd-man rushes, but the reigning Vezina Trophy victor didn't make the timely save his team needed. The top overall playoff scoring leaders? 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 unbelievable shot.

And yes, the Penguins lead this best-of-seven series 2-0, heading to Pittsburgh now for Game 3 after their 6-2 win Saturday night. I think he has the ability to park things. "I was on a cloud and it's a moment I'll never forget".

"I have a lot of confidence in him", Trotz said.

A chorus of boos greeted the announcement of Sidney Crosby's first goal in Game 1 at the Washington Capitals.

Game 2: Blues at Predators, 3 p.m. ET, NBC (Series tied 1-1) - The Predators had won five straight games in the playoffs, sweeping the Blackhawks in the first round and then winning Game 1 of the second-round series. "I don't think there are big differences in our game".

Yet, at the end of the period, the score was 0-0. He also hasn't come up with big saves, nor has he stopped pucks that he should.

"It's just great to see him get rewarded: four-goal game, overtime victor". "I just think that they're better at identifying the issues within the team slowly over time", General Manager Brian MacLellan said before the postseason.

Hagelin (lower body) missed morning skate Saturday - ahead of Game 2 against the Capitals - but as Penguins coach Mike Sullivan told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "It doesn't mean anything".


Game 2 will be a very pivotal moment in this series. If Pittsburgh wants to play a heavier forecheck with two players as opposed to a 1-2-2 a guy like Hagelin can get in on it faster than most and make it effective.

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

"Braden's our backbone. He has been all year", Trotz said, but he also acknowledged that Holtby "wasn't as sharp as he can be for us".

The total has gone under in eight of Washington's past 12 games.

As we eluded here in the Game 2 recap, it can't be easy for the Caps to find answers against the Penguins right now.

"We finally won something", Shero told The Associated Press by phone shortly after the Devils won the National Hockey League draft lottery on Saturday.

New Jersey won the draft lottery, vaulting four teams including last-place Colorado and expansion Vegas for the right to the first pick in the June 23-24 draft in Chicago.

Fleury hasn't been the Penguins' backbone, serving as the backup to Matt Murray during their Stanley Cup run past year and splitting the duties with the young goalie this season. He is a "game-time" decision and when players are labeled as such you can usually translate that coach speak into an assurance that the player will be back into the lineup. Vegas and its desert rival Arizona Coyotes were each awarded the third-best odds to win at 10.3 percent.

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