Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0 series lead

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, right, watches from the bench next to defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) during the third period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguin. "In the first series (against the Columbus Blue Jackets), the first two games here, he's made timely saves for us, especially in that first period".

I'm pretty sure a hockey conspiracy is afoot. "Why would you think otherwise?"

Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury was again spectacular and kept his team in the game, despite his defense playing sloppily in front of him, turning the puck over on a number of occasions.

Winning despite being outshot is becoming commonplace for the Penguins, who got opportunistic offense in the form of a short-handed goal from Matt Cullen to open the scoring and then a tip from Evgeni Malkin in the third period that ended any thought of a Capitals comeback.

For the second game, Washington majorly out-shot the Penguins.

While six PPGs through eight games isn't the worst thing in the world, Washington is getting plenty of opportunities, and they can not capitalize on all of them.

Why didn't Sullivan just hold up an old-fashioned gold watch on a chain, swing it back and forth and say, "You are feeling exhausted".

After the Penguins Jake Guentzel beat goalie Braden Holtby glove side to give them a 3-1 lead in the second period, head coach Barry Trotz didn't bring out his star netminder at the start of the third.

After watching that game, I do not think people have been fairly rating the Penguin's - without Letang they're screwed. Pittsburgh LW Carl Hagelin (lower-body injury) took limited contact in the morning skate and remains day-to-day. The goals by Matt Cullen (short-handed), Kessel and Guentzel weren't all Holtby's fault because of miscues and odd-man rushes, but the reigning Vezina Trophy victor didn't make the timely save his team needed. Then next shift they score again.

Angels edge Blue Jays, 2-1
Setting up in front of Davis, Hector Rondon and Carl Edwards Jr. have combined to allow one run and three hits in 15.1 innings. Jose Martinez tied the game with his first homer, a two run shot to right in the 7th, making it a 4-4 game.

"Flower was great for us and he kept us in it", Kessel said. "It was an emotional loss and we move on from it and get ourselves ready for Game 3".

Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist left the ice in obvious pain after blocking a shot late in the period.

That'll go up, though, as he works his way back to 100 percent.

Presidents' Trophy winners the Capitals, who have a knack for wilting in the postseason, find themselves in a 2-0 series hole. Players declined to divulge what the message was exactly, but "I think what was said in this room are things that our leaders needed to say, and are things that people needed to hear", Oshie said.

The Capitals, even though they were the less rested team, outplayed Pittsburgh in Game 1. That marked Washington's first goal in 20 shots and three power plays.

Phil Kessel, Penguins - Kessel was Pittsburgh's sharpshooter to lead the way in the blowout victory on Saturday. But the unexpected happened, it's believed Murray may have suffered an injury in the last week of the season in a game against New Jersey. It was Ovechkin's 11th goal in 14 career playoff games against Pittsburgh.

The play started when Crosby blocked a Justin Williams shot and got the puck to Guentzel while down on the ice.

"Maybe I'm going to put a checker on their checker because he's supposed to be their checker and he got four goals", Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Sunday on a conference call. We try not to change our game.

In the 2016 postseason, Kessel had a team-high in both points (22: 10G, 12A) and shots (95). Game 1 marked the first time they hit the under this season.


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