Penguins' Hagelin a game-time decision for Game 2 vs. Caps

We're going to go there and see what we're made of. "They play hard for one another, and I think that's what makes our team what it is".

"We certainly would like to have better starts".

Slumping through the first half of the middle period, the Sens grabbed momentum by punishing the Rangers with a series of heavy shifts down low in the offensive zone. We're aware of that, we know that. "When we get those chances, we bear down and those are key goals for us".

Fleury went 4-1 with a 2.52 goals-against average and.933 save percentage against the Blue Jackets in the first round after replacing Murray because of a warmup injury prior to Game 1. "Obviously, he's been special so far and he won us the game again".

Sullivan also couldn't say enough after the game about Crosby, calling him the best "200-foot-player in the game".

It's unknown why Holtby is struggling so much at this point.

"We had 80-plus pucks at their net to 40-plus" shot attempts by the Pens, Caps Coach Barry Trotz said.

"He made some big stops for us and kept it tight and we always know he's going to be there", Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. Climbing out of that will be especially challenging with the next two games in Pittsburgh, and what were once strengths for the team - defense and goaltending - now seem to be weaknesses.

After a smattering of boos for the first goal, Verizon Center fell silent. Braden Holtby, who holds the highest save percentage in playoff history, has not exactly looked like himself this postseason. They are a very well built team, and they have been for many seasons now. Don't underestimate Ovechkin though; the playoffs bring out a completely different beast in these players. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with seven goals, Phil Kessel has seven assists and Sidney Crosby has 21 shots on goal.

Crosby's career playoff stats in 14 games vs. Washington? Their story to be continued...

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

Crosby scores twice, Bonino has winner as Pens beat Caps

Can Pittsburgh's offense get any better?

Now I'm not trying to mock the Capitals or downgrade them as a team. Apparently that meant throwing as many players on the ice as possible.

Six minutes into the third period, Washington had a 32-13 advantage in hits. It happens. Can't get too upset about it. While Pittsburgh won Game 1, they likely aren't too proud of how they played.

There's no place like road for the Pittsburgh Penguins and other teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

It's back to work Saturday at 8 p.m. for Game 2.

Then, with Washington still on the power play, Niskanen was left all alone in the slot and beat Fleury on a one-timer off a pass from Ovechkin. But it didn't matter, as Fleury stayed locked in all game long. "Saving that lead, when you can do it, it's a good feeling".

Nick Bonino is a Capitals killer.

Holtby was yanked for the start of the third period in what became a 6-2 loss for Washington against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, dropping the Capitals into a 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference second-round playoff series. Columbus (fourth) and Washington (first) were among the league's top five regular season teams in points, and they joined Pittsburgh in the NHL's best division, the Metropolitan.

"Those are two phenomenal plays by a great player", Guentzel said of Crosby. And Kessel wasn't even surprised to see Crosby make a highlight-reel play. To beat them you have to do everything right.

Give the Washington Capitals credit.

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