Capitals replace Holtby in goal for 3rd period of Game 2

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby celebrates his goal with Patric Hornqvist, of Sweden and Jake Guentzel during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby celebrates his goal with Patric Hornqvist, of Sweden and Jake Guentzel during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against

"We certainly would like to have better starts". Despite being hooked by Oshie, Cullen slid the puck through the five hole for a short-handed goal and a 1-0 Pittsburgh lead. We've got a lot of guys on our roster that we can say that about. "You knew they were going to push in their building in Game 1 and we have to find a way to answer in Game 2". "Obviously, he's been special so far and he won us the game again".

Like in Game 1, Washington was the more aggressive team from the start but struggled to turn that into goals.

It's unknown why Holtby is struggling so much at this point. I believe we have a unique chemistry.

"It was very intense", Hagelin said. If they don't, if they lose the first two games on home ice, then realists in Zip 20004 will know the true odds.

After a smattering of boos for the first goal, Verizon Center fell silent.

The Capitals added center Lars Eller and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk as a direct response to losing their second-round series last season, hoping the depth will help against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Apparently that meant throwing as many players on the ice as possible. Don't underestimate Ovechkin though; the playoffs bring out a completely different beast in these players.

The Penguins are rolling again after eliminating Columbus, but the absence of Letang is significant after he logged 31:36 of ice time per game a year ago.

Mike Yeo, whose St. Louis Blues went 3-0 on the road in upsetting the Minnesota Wild in the first round, credits his team's play away from home late in the regular season as a big reason for this continued success. But Cullen, who had four goals and six points in Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup run past year, is once again playing an essential part to the Penguins' success. For a team that really loves banners, this had to be traumatizing for the Capitals.

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Less than a minute after the faceoff, Holtby made a save on Olli Maatta's shot from the point. "We put (the) puck deep, we forecheck, we hit". "We don't need to elaborate". So now it's about breaking every single game down, focusing on the moment, living in the moment, not worrying about statistics or the standings in the series. Washington had 35 in the loss but Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves.

It's impossible to show enough praise for the job Fleury has done this postseason.

"He'll tell you that he can be better".

Nick Bonino is a Capitals killer.

The stars are again aligned for Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and the Capitals to face off against Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and the Penguins. Things did not get much better with Grubauer back there: He allowed a goal on the second shot he faced, and another on the fourth, making Pittsburgh's advantage 5-2. Crosby has four goals and nine points in six playoff games this season and 10 goals and seven assists in 14 playoff contests versus the Capitals. Offence, defence, goaltending, and a Presidents' Trophy to back up the fact that they are the best team in the league. And Kessel wasn't even surprised to see Crosby make a highlight-reel play. This is a problem, as they have to score or get some goals to take that pressure off Holtby.

It's a tradition like no other.

These two teams are so evenly matched, getting out of Washington with at least one win is huge for the Pens.

Anderson wasn't tested almost as much at the other end, but was forced to hang tough when McDonagh walked past a row of Senators during a NY power play and made an attempt on goal that went wide.

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