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Anyone who cares about the game and the person can only hope what happened Monday night will not have any long-term effects on one of the biggest stars the game has ever seen, one who hasn't yet reached his 30 birthday, but already has an extensive case file when it comes to brain trauma.

Well, it might not have followed the exact script. The Washington Capitals have overcome a 3-1 series deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins to force a decisive Game 7 at the Verizon Center on Wednesday. It's over now and we'll work on ways to adjust even better next game.

With a 2.49 goals-against average, Braden Holtby hasn't exactly been awful during these playoffs. As soon as they start to trail, their shot selection deteriorates as they start firing the puck on net from everywhere as opposed to setting up better opportunities.

Then, later in the game, he did battle with Beagle in front of the Caps' goal.

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But with senior captain Gage Brymer out due to an upper-body medical procedure, all three are now in the singles lineup. We had the right game plan coming in, we know what they like to do and we know who we are.

Both teams have won three games.

Evgeny Kuznetsov added two assists as the Capitals broke open the game with three third-period goals to take a 5-0 lead. They ground out a goal in the first on a hard-earned power play - a penalty Ovechkin set up with a pass to new linemate Tom Wilson, who drew the call on, of all people, Sidney Crosby. The move looked like a demotion, but Trotz assured the public it was an effort to spread the team's top scorers across three lines, much as the Penguins did last season with Phil Kessel on its third line. He finished the game with the goal, two shots and four hits. Cole registered a minus-3 rating, while Hainsey had a giveaway in the second period that resulted in Andre Burakovsky's goal that put the Capitals up 2-0. "I think the difference is the last two games is maybe we capitalize on the chances too and really made sure we stayed on them, too". Washington needs to go into Game 7 with the mentality that matching minors are as risky as giving up a power play and avoid it at all costs.

This is the 10th time the Penguins and Capitals have hooked up in the playoffs, with the Penguins winning eight of the previous nine series. We might look back and suggest that this was, in its own way, a prelude to the Cup.

The ratings likely won't be quite as high there thanks to the game being on NBCSN rather than NBC (to say nothing of no Derby lead-in), but that should still draw well, especially in comparison to numerous other second-round matchups. "The (offensive) explosion we had in the third period (of Game 5) was a confidence boost and then we played a very good game tonight". If not, it will be another year where Ovechkin is spending his spring playing for a gold in the world championship rather than a Stanley Cup. On a lesser scale, the San Jose Sharks finally re-wrote history a year ago by reaching the final - something few thought would ever be possible with a lineup that included Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski. In the losses, Fleury best save percentage came in game 3 when he posted a 90.9 save percentage. "They're going to have to be all in", Washington coach Barry Trotz said Sunday during a conference call with reporters. "The fun part has been the obstacle". These were the highlights of Crosby's game until he picked up an assist on Jake Guentzel's goal with less than four minutes left to snap Braden Holtby's shutout.


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