Senators, Penguins Takes Leads In NHL Playoffs

Ross Houston
April 28, 2017

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for Washington.

The Pittsburgh Penguins grabbed a 1-0 series lead over the Washington Capitals in the 2017 National Hockey League playoffs after a 3-2 victory Thursday night in Washington, D.C. "It's about Caps and Penguins", Ovechkin said.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury had a 2.52 GAA and.933 save percentage against Columbus that included a 49-save effort in a 5-2 series-clinching win.

Crosby was a threat to score just about every time he touched the puck. Then another Capitals mistake allowed Scott Wilson to find Bonino in some open ice, and the third-line center beat Braden Holtby with 7:24 left for the Game 1 victor.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal with the bench during the second period of Game 1 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington.

It was the fifth goal in 43 career playoff games for the 36-year-old Fiddler, who did not play in the Predators' first-round series sweep against the Blackhawks. Eight times Pittsburgh has won, and all four of the franchise's Stanley Cup parades routed through Washington. "That was the toughest game of the season for us and they fought so hard and had so many chances, but we found a way to get it done". Karlsson, playing through multiple fractures in his foot, skated 29 minutes - more than any player on either team - for his first goal and seventh point of the postseason.

Bonino's second goal of the playoffs came just 4:31 after the Capitals tied the score.

Fleury qualifies, especially after he flailed around and nearly actually stood on his head to preserve the victory. Guentzel, who was in the crease, made a kick save while falling into the net and Fleury was able to cover the puck just in front of the goal line. "I was sliding everywhere, trying to make some stops".

No penalties against us on our side.

A NUMBER: 8 - blocked shots for Ian Cole in Game 1, the same total as the entire Washington team combined.

In the Capitals' first-round series win over the Maple Leafs, Trotz mostly used Orlov and Niskanen against the Leafs' top line of Zach Hyman, Auston Matthews and William Nylander. Maatta fired a slap shot from the blue line that Braden Holtby was unable to glove.

"We did a lot of good things, but we didn't obviously do enough", Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said. "There's no flawless games". You know you play against Stanley Cup champion and they are a very good team, but so are we. "I didn't think that was a problem this year for us". F Chris Kunitz (lower body) returned after missing 10 games including the regular season and playoffs.

Anderson wasn't tested almost as much at the other end, but was forced to hang tough when McDonagh walked past a row of Senators during a NY power play and made an attempt on goal that went wide. Only Karl Alzner (upper body) is sitting out Game 1.

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