This Game 7 has the potential to have that kind of profound effect. It has been quite a ride for the Washington Capitals.
The Caps gave it all, and while dominating the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 in Game 6 to force a potentially classic Game 7 between two rivals on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., they left us wondering what the Penguins have left. Defenceman Ron Hainsey went to boards to retrieve a loose puck in the Penguins end only to get checked by Burakovsky, who skated away with the puck and stuffed a shot past Fleury 6:36 into the second. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom have been excellent in the series.
When: Wednesday, May 10 at 4:30 p.m.
Fleury had stopped 133 of 142 shots through four games, making a mockery out of the core fundamental of hockey that having the puck more and putting it on net leads to success.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle didnt blame Gibson and said its about the entire team being better.
And with Game 7 comes more pressure. "Now it boils down to one". "I think there is still another level for us". Crosby remained in the game. Unfortunately, they would pick up only nine shots through two periods and 18 overall on Monday against the Capitals. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was given a torrid time, blocking 21 of 26 shots.More news: Korean officials meet in attempt to repair ties
NOTES: Penguins D Trevor Daley did not play after getting hit by Washington's Tom Wilson in Game 5. "I think they're the better team right now, so hopefully they play that way". Based on (Monday) night I dont see any reason why they wont.. Ruhwedel played in 34 games this season for the Penguins, registering two goals and eight assists.
"He's been standing on his head this whole series", said Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky, who scored his first goal of the playoffs Saturday.
"I felt good", Crosby said.
Concussed on May 1, Sidney Crosby returned five days later and didnt look at his best Monday after crashing headfirst into the boards.
"It's frustrating", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.
"I'm not comfortable that he was allowed to continue playing".More news: NASA's Van Allen Probes Find Radio Wave Shroud Enveloping Earth
By Tuesday the reunion was already in the rearview mirror, with all three players on separate lines during a brief by spirited practice.
The Capitals appeared on the verge of another exit at the hands of the Penguins going into the third period of Game 5.
"The last three games weren't our best, but the best part about it is we have a Game 7 and we have another opportunity to close out the series".
If the Capitals have found a hole on the goaltender's glove side they're not saying.
Justin Williams has a chance to add to his legend as Mr. Other than that - [Monday's] game, the momentum, the score and all of that - nothing really translates into Game 7.
The protocol states that "identification and removal of Players who require an acute evaluation for possible concussion pursuant to this Protocol is a Club level responsibility", and that Central and In-Arena Spotters assist with that process. Since then, it has been all Washington, perhaps not entirely unexpected given that the Capitals rolled to the Presidents' Trophy during the season. Facing elimination and with everyone already chalking this series up as yet another playoff failure for the Caps, Washington had nothing to lose in Games 5 and 6. Laviolettes Predators are looking to become the third eighth seed in the salary-cap era that began in 2005-06 to reach the Cup Final.More news: Support Nashville Predators in Playoff Rounds
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