The Capitals won 4-1 to even the series.
On Thursday, in game one of the second round playoff series with the Washington Capitals, Crosby had one goal and one assist in a 3-2 Pittsburgh win. History, though, has told us that there's likely only one way this is going to play out for Ovechkin and the Capitals: shaking hands with Crosby and his Penguins teammates before meeting one final time for locker clean-out day in Washington. "We earned our breaks", Connolly said.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins finished with the second-worst road record among the 16 playoff teams.
First of all, Dumoulin was on the ice for the noon workout, participating in drills alongside his usual defense partner Kris Letang.
The heavyweights have exchanged punches and counter punches in the first two games of the second-round series. "If we can come out a little cleaner, I think that's going to help our game a lot. They got some bounces and we just had to make sure that didn't happen again".
The Penguins have given up goals in the first two games of the series, a development that has obviously made their lives more hard as the game has gone on. The former Prince George Cougars captain thought he had his first playoff goal in that game when he batted a loose puck into the net eight minutes into the second period for what appeared to be a 2-0 Washington lead.
Losing in double overtime is clearly a painful experience, but the Jets think they can learn from it and grow. He made 18 of his 28 saves in the first period and had to in order to keep Washington from turning this into a blowout. Chandler Stephenson, Beagle's frequent linemate on the fourth line during the regular season was promoted to the second line mid-series and has flourished, recording four points (1g, 3a), including an assist on Backstrom's overtime victor in Game 5 and a shorthanded goal in Game 6. It should be said, too, that Ovechkin had generated 57 more shot attempts, 22 more shots and thirteen more individual scoring chances than Crosby in the three prior meetings. He declined to comment on the fact that there was no penalty in the game for the hit and will be no supplemental punishment from the National Hockey League, which did not set a hearing for Wilson.
No penalty was called on the play and the Penguins have yet to announce Dumoulin's status for Game 3 on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. "The way I look at it: There's no way I can get his head from that point where I am".
Wilson was already ready to move on. Most importantly, the Capitals continued to build on their lead rather than cling to it.
Asked why the games have become a coin flip regardless of venue, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan - whose team was outplayed at PPG Paints Arena by Philadelphia in Game 2 and Game 5 in the opening round - admits he can't really come up with a reason.
They've been hampered by the loss of key power-play personnel to injury during that span (Malkin and Patric Hornqvist), but Sullivan said that should be no excuse. That was Ovechkin's second goal in as many games and his third point. The Pens have made a tradition of beating the Capitals, beating them down in a playoff series en route to each of Pittsburgh's five Stanley Cup victories.