Capitals win, force Game 7 against Penguins

The good news is the Pens have one more chance to finish off the Caps. Those three losses? Games 1 through 3 of this series. The math simply isn't on Washington's side.

You can say what you will for Washington's unwillingness to drop the series in five games or the heart and effort and desire and all the intangibles that went into defeating a team that has done so well to close out games in the final frame, but the truth is we should have been expecting a game like this to come at some point in the series. That would differentiate it from most of their historical playoff flameouts pre-dating the Barry Trotz era. They were already down 2-0 in the series, and a third straight defeat would've been devastating.

Kessel's power-play goal gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead at 4:20 of the second.

“Thats just what we need in these tight games, ” said Andre Burakovsky, who scored the tying goal in the first period and had another good game after replacing Ovechkin as the top-line left winger. His teams have faced elimination 20 times in his career, and he has 10 goals and 10 assists in those games. It's no coincidence that these two games with higher save percentages by Holtby (.933 and.909) are the two games the Penguins have lost. "Play simple. Play physical". Kunitz is a plus-3 in the series and while his possession numbers generally stink, it's important to note every Penguins skater has poor shot attempt figures.

For that reason, it would be a pretty big surprise not to see Kunitz back on the second line with Malkin and Kessel in Game 6, especially if Pittsburgh takes a lead. But the fifth game of the series was the first time the Washington offense really poked holes in Fleury, the first time they really managed to rattle his cage with successive scores. That they're not burdened by the weight of the team's history of playoff flameouts, one most of the guys in red, white and blue had nothing to do with.

The Pittsburgh Penguins took a chance in Game 5 by dressing both Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary after suffering concussions in Game 3.

This is a hard question to answer.

Just when it looked like that was how the series would end, Nicklas Backstrom changed everything.

Yes, Washington still needed the go-ahead goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov to finally get the win, but don't underestimate what Backstrom's goal meant for the team.

"After second: "No panic, nobody talk a lot because everybody concentrate and that's what we need", Ovechkin said". He was a non-factor for most of the series, and Trotz's staff moved him to the third line for Game 6. Although, you can't pin Pittsburgh's offensive struggles on the goalie. It was Ovechkin's 10th goal and 20th point in 19 career playoff elimination games, one more pile of dirt shoveled on to the exhausted narrative that he disappears at the most pressurized times. Burakovsky spent the night on the top line, but former linemate Lars Eller got the secondary assist on the goal. The defenseman added two shots on goal. "I think we can do a better job in front of him". Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has done plenty of mixing and matching himself over the course of the season, striking gold in the unexpectedly potent combination of Guentzel and Crosby. Spreading out your best scorers, in theory, is one way to solve this issue.

In Game 5, it was the recipe to break through a hot goaltender.

I like the idea of the Capitals spreading the wealth on their forward lines and I think it is something the Penguins should consider for Game 6.

That's easier said than done.

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