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

The Capitals ended up being the ones making a few mistakes and letting the Leafs steal two games from them. And what did they have to show for it?

And yes, the Penguins lead this best-of-seven series 2-0, heading to Pittsburgh now for Game 3 after their 6-2 win Saturday night.

The 30-year-old has been a key contributor so far in the playoffs for the Penguins, with two goals and five points in six games.

NOTES: Grubauer finished with two goals on nine shots as Trotz said it was too early to name a Game 3 starter.

Maybe they should take a page out of the Columbus Blue Jackets' book. The visiting player taking the faceoff used to have to put his stick down first, and now instead it's the player on his defensive side of the ice. The Capitals have leveled some good hits on the Penguins, and it has resulted in nothing.

In the end, the Penguins were truly lucky to win this game. Marc-Andre Fleury was outstanding in goal, carrying them to a win they might not have deserved. "It's a really tough loss being up a couple goals, especially late in the game".

No one has been better on the road the past two seasons as the defending Cup champion Penguins at 9-5. Sheary did have one shot on goal, and his Corsi numbers were up to near-respectability after an atrocious Game 1.

The Capitals lost the game basically because of a one-minute stretch where Sidney Crosby scored two goals. Holtby was pulled four times during the regular season and responded well, going 3-1-0 with a 2.27 GAA, a.922 save percentage and one shutout in his starts that followed those games. He has yet to allow a soft goal.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars made huge jumps in winning the second and third lottery drawings on Saturday night.




A season ago, the Penguins found themselves shaking their heads and on the verge of elimination in the Eastern Conference finals despite dominant shot totals and puck possession time. That third goal [in Game 2], that's a big moment.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal with Patric Hornqvist (72), of Sweden, and Jake Guentzel (59) during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against th.

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

Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Bonino had the victor in the third period and Fleury made dazzling saves with and without his stick, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Thursday night in Game 1 of their highly anticipated second-round series. It was definitely over when Evgeni Malkin's goal was allowed following a coach's challenge.

The captain of the Rangers made the most of another power-play opportunity in the second, beating Anderson at 7:10 with pesky winger Chris Kreider camped out in front. The result was a 1-0 deficit. It wasn't like they played the ideal game and still couldn't find a way to win.

They paid a price, though.

Carl Hagelin will be a game-time decision to return to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. He leads the playoffs in goals scored and already owns the franchise record for playoff goals by a rookie. He scored goals on his first two shots in his National Hockey League debut.

So when Kessel hoisted the Stanley Cup previous year, scoring 10 goals and 22 points in a Conn Smythe-worthy performance, a lot of misconceptions were rightly smashed.

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