When Murray couldn't loosen up pain-free for Game 1 of the playoffs the Pens had to look back in Fleury's direction.
Pageau scored a career-high four goals, including the victor 2:54 into the second overtime to lift the Senators to a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday, giving Ottawa a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The dire situation, a season full of expectation suddenly on the brink, prompted a players-only meeting after the game. "But I think you have to give credit to our opponents, as well".
The Washington Capitals are officially in danger of another early playoff exit. "And so we were able to take advantage of a few shots tonights that helped us win the game". The stakes are higher now. As we know, they couldn't hold either of those leads.
One more Guentzel goal completed the 6-2 blowout. Stream every single game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs with Sportsnet NOW. It's not about that. Because of his stellar play, the game was 0-0 after the first period. 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.
The Capitals outshot the Penguins 16-5 in the first period and 36-24 by the end of the game, a showcase of pure dominance. As a result, the psychologically scarred Caps are in a 2-0 hole heading back to Pittsburgh and their facial expressions late in Saturday's game did not suggest an untapped well of belief. In this series, that means Sidney Crosby (of course), Evgeni Malkin (naturally), and yes, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin (62), of Sweden, chases the puck against Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (90), also of Sweden, and center Lars Eller (20), of Denmark, during the first period of Game 2 in an. It's threatening to become the thing we remember most if the Capitals don't find a way back into this series. "Obviously, we could've been up by a couple and we weren't, and I think we got impatient there and got a little frustrated that we weren't. You always got to be ready". His Capitals have posted the NHL's best record three times, including each of the past two seasons.
"That was the message. He was the one guy that was going to step up for us".
The Capitals' captain has accomplished nearly everything imaginable in a dozen pro seasons: three Hart Trophies as MVP, 558 regular-season goals and virtually every important franchise scoring record. Through the playoffs, they have struggled to put up any goals, and because of that, they have lost games, been unable to recover or even the score or even take the lead. When media were allowed in, Orpik, an alternate captain, was critical of his teammates.
"Flower was great for us and he kept us in it", Kessel said. Tampa Bay's clever counterstrikes extended the 2016 Eastern Conference final to seven games, but the Lightning ultimately fell short.
The Capitals' first players-only meeting oddly followed a win.
If the Penguins finish off the Capitals (does anyone really think they'll lose four of the next five games, with the next two at home?), they are staring at the possibility of a final four with Ottawa, Edmonton and Nashville or St. Louis.
"None of you business", Matt Niskanen told reporters. Early success last season covered up some of the team's deficiencies, so the Capitals didn't have the occasional lengthy postgame discussions like this year's team did. "That's where your goalie needs to come up with a save". Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with four goals, T.J. Oshie has six assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 18 shots on goal. As that team left the ice as the loser for a second straight game, it searched for a way to prolong this journey.
"I have a lot of trust in this group", Trotz said.