Braden Holtby gets shot to help Capitals out of 2-0 deficit

Ross Houston
May 9, 2017

"I thought on some of the goals he wasn't as sharp as he can be for us", coach Barry Trotz said.

Hagelin will be a game-time decision to return to the PenguinsÕ lineup for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, April 29, 2017.

Pageau scored again 2:54 into the second OT, snapping in a shot during a two-on-one rush alongside Tommy Wingels.

Even still, is this some sort of conspiracy? But he has not been as good as usual in these playoffs, compiling a.911 save percentage and 2.62 goals-against average.

The Washington Capitals were dominating the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their National Hockey League playoff series, outshooting them 16-1 in the first period. Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates his third goal of the game against the New York Rangers with center Kyle Turris (7) and right wing Bobby Ryan (9) during the third period of Game 2 of a.

Crosby's between-the-legs move made Alex Ovechkin, Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov converge on him, leaving Kessel wide open for a snipe from the faceoff circle at 13:04.

You want to see puck management? But there was also some good to come from Game 1.

Sidney Crosby scored two goals 52 seconds apart to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead early in the second period. On the seventh, they created: a Game 1 win over Washington that took home-ice advantage away from the Presidents' Trophy winners and put the Capitals, for the third time already in these playoffs, in a spot that championship-quality teams think of as nearly dire.

Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist left the ice in obvious pain after blocking a shot late in the period. The goals by Matt Cullen (short-handed), 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. It's an admirable trait of Holtby's, and the Capitals won't advance if Holtby continues to get outplayed by Fleury in goal. And due to their struggles, they put more on the shoulders of Holtby. They had golden opportunities to take a lead last night, getting the first four power plays.

But Trotz said after their Game 1 loss to the Penguins, his team needed to get off to a better start the next game. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 10 of their last 11 games when allowing four or less goals.

After his OT score, Pageau slid into the end boards, skated to the left corner and was swarmed by teammates. 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 exposed Washington's lack of speed a year ago and has the potential to do so again even if winger Carl Hagelin isn't ready to start the series. "He's a game-changer for us, and so when he didn't change the game, I just looked to change the mojo there a little bit, that's all".

While this draft is nowhere near as deep as last year's with Auston Matthews or Patrik Laine, it still holds quality in the first round and the Flyers are guaranteed a player who should make a difference.

Moments later Backstrom scored on Ovechkin's rebound at 3:44, but Pittsburgh made it 5-2 at 5:31.

"Bones is a guy that's a high-stakes player", coach Mike Sullivan said. To beat them you have to do everything right. Coming in cold, he allowed two goals on nine shots against.

"There's three guys in line with that puck and I pick it up, but it just hit me in the head and it's in", Lundqvist said.

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