National Hockey League playoff schedule 2017: It's a Game 7 doubleheader

Carla Harmon
May 16, 2017

Just two days ago, most of the articles, including mine, gave Pens fans every reason why they should remain calm and enjoy a Game 6 victory... and then Game 6 happened. The Rangers won quickly in overtime, and Henrik Lundqvist lifted them to two more wins.

Sidney Crosby, who was knocked out of the opening minutes in Game 3 and missed Game 4, hasn't scored since Game 1. In just over 48 hours, the Capitals went from being 20 minutes away from the end of their season to forcing a seventh and deciding game in Washington.

"I thought he was solid", Sullivan said. In the losses, Fleury best save percentage came in game 3 when he posted a 90.9 save percentage. And we still have our back against the wall. Heading into Game 7, now would be a good time for Lars Eller and Jay Beagle to pick up their first goal.

Not so fast, countered Penguins center Evgeni Malkin. They very obviously did not have the laser focus that playoff hockey requires and the Capitals made them pay.

Asked if there was a hump the Capitals needed to get over in those games, Trotz said he liked the way his teams played - specifically against the Rangers.

"All it's going to take is all we have", Trotz said Sunday.

It goes without saying, but the Penguins (or any hockey team for that matter) can not win without shooting the puck. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom have been excellent in the series. In his career, he is 7-0 in Game 7s, with seven goals and seven assists.

The Capitals appeared on the verge of another exit at the hands of the Penguins going into the third period of Game 5. "That third period in Game 5, I think, kind of freed us up a little, and we've been getting momentum and confidence from that to play our game and to trust our ability". "Certainly, to not recognize the experiences that this group has gone through and the success that that this group has enjoyed and how they've overcome those challenges, I think we would be remiss not to share those experiences". A three-time Cup victor, Williams is 7-0 with seven goals and seven assists in seven chances in Game 7.

EDMONTON, Alberta - Leon Draisaitl had three goals and two assists, Mark Letestu added two goals and two assists, and Edmonton cruised past Anaheim to force a decisive Game 7 in their Western Conference semifinal series. But we didn't play well enough in Game 4. Three minutes into that Game 7, superstar winger Alex Ovechkin sped down the left side, with only goalie Marc-Andre Fleury between him and an early goal that might have shifted the entire game and maybe even the destiny of these two teams.

If Dallas is able to sign Ben Bishop, strike them off this list of potential spots for Fleury to end up via trade this summer.

Pittsburgh's defense also played its worst game of the postseason.

"We have no time to waste right now".

And with Game 7 comes more pressure. I will refuse to believe that they can win a seven game series against the Penguins but they look good. There are expectations that the Capitals should advance. The next five overwhelmed Pittsburgh on its home ice to tie the series for the first time since the puck dropped in Game 1. Yeo said. "You don't have your Colorados and Detroits anymore with the physical play". According to, the overall Game 7 record of home teams in the National Hockey League is 97-69 (.584), but there are reasons to believe Washington's odds are even higher.

Just about everyone has had to wait for the test results to come back from the medical lab.

"We're going to have to be better", Oshie said.

"We were disappointed after that effort", says Niskanen.

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