Capitals top Penguins, force Game 7

Capitals top Penguins, force Game 7

(AP Photo/Nick Wass, file).

Crosby had gotten tangled up with Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and Capitals defenseman John Carlson, and ended up - through no fault of the Capitals players - colliding with the boards and then taking a while to get back up. How do we explain the first four games when the Penguins were drastically outshot and still won games? The Predators will face either the Anaheim Ducks or Edmonton Oilers for the right to come out of the West. When the Penguins went on a power play 11:03 into the second period, they had five shots on goal for the game and then failed to record one during the man-advantage.

The concussion spotters have pulled a number of players from games as a result of protocol, but surprisingly chose to leave Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in the game earlier this week following a head-first collision with the boards.

Honestly, I'm not sure which would be worse. "I've said it for four years in Anaheim we're due to win, but in the end your best players have got to be your best players".

"We had absolutely nothing to lose", Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom told reporters after Game 6. Roman Josi had a goal and an assist, and Calle Jarnkrok added an empty-netter with 60 seconds left. "We take away the things we did really well tonight - which was getting pucks deep, blocking shots and getting pucks out when [the Penguins] were pinching - and take it into the next game, and improve on some other areas". Now, the only question is whether they can keep it going right on into Game 7.? It's also what makes Crosby among the best of the best in the world at what they do.

“Obviously theres more at stake when its the final game, ” said Carlyle, who won the Cup in 2007 but hasnt won a Game 7 since 2006. "Now it boils down to one".

On Tuesday after practice, Crosby said he was checked by a doctor Monday night but did not go into concussion protocol. If we dont hold serve, then its not what were looking for.”. This will be the fourth time they will meet in a Game 7. Trotz doesn't think it'll have anything to do with history. One could argue the Capitals have outplayed the Penguins in this series anyway and it's finally starting to show in the scoreboard. "We just got to go win one game in Washington". He's picked up an assist in each of the last two games, but we're still waiting for the Rocket Richard Trophy winner's offensive explosion.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed five goals against the Capitals Monday night. Crosby was slow to get up after the play, heightening outside concerns for his health because Crosby was concussed one week prior on a cross-check by the Capitals' Matt Niskanen.

The best moments were the times they got the puck past Fleury, the 2009 Stanley Cup victor who was Matt Murray's backup on the Penguins' title run a year ago and is only starting because of the 23-year-old's injury. Based on (Monday) night I dont see any reason why they wont.”. Pittsburgh has won each of the three previous deciding games, the last in 2009 in Washington on its way to the Stanley Cup. What better way to put all that behind him than by dominating to lift his team to a victory in Game 7? That's when the Penguins truly realized they could win a Stanley Cup. "I'm not comfortable that he was allowed to continue playing". "We're having fun now", said Capitals coach Barry Trotz. I don't really want to do it.

"We were sort of stuck in that two- and three-goal area and in a very important moment in the third period obviously in an important game, our guys delivered against him, so I think that gives us a boost of confidence".

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