Pittsburgh appeared to cut the Capitals lead to 3-2 halfway through the final period when Swedish forward Patric Hornqvist jammed a puck under the leg pad of Holtby. It's a meeting of two top teams, both of which are among the most popular in the league, and just as everyone expected entering the series, one of the major storylines through two games of an already excellent Round 2 tilt is the battle between Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Nobody could stop him in that series. The Caps have won all three road games in the playoffs so far, but I really see the Penguins getting the better of them here.
In terms of goaltending, Matt Murray has been no slouch. However, he's still going to be one of the Pens' biggest question marks (along with their entire defense), thanks to a few shoddy performances in the Philadelphia series and a really weird, up-and-down regular season this year.
The Capitals have been no slouch of a team, either. They're an experienced team and they know how to win. The next two games should help determine the rest of the series.
Don't let my wild optimism fool you. "They don't have a clear view of the puck over the line", Crosby said. If Pittsburgh shows any of the signs of sloppiness or unpreparedness as they did during the regular season, they are going to get burned.
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Players were quick to say they played a well and nearly glossed over that ugly span of 4:49.
If Thursday night was any indication, we're in for a great series.
Backstrom scored an empty-net goal with seven seconds left in the third to round out the scoring. The veteran defenseman ripped in a shot from back at the blue line, making the score 3-1. Then the Penguins went to work to make the comeback.
This was a game Nashville desperately needed to win since they had dropped Game 1 on their home ice. "He's one of the best shots in the game, so pretty good shot off".
Tanev tied it at 3, putting the puck past Pekka Rinne's right skate at 5:11 of the third.
After that, Pittsburgh went into shutdown mode.
Braden Holtby spun around and saw the puck on the goal line.
"Aaaah, I mean, he's such a good goalie - it's tough", Connolly says. I'm hoping for four or five, but Washington is too good a team for things to not get interesting.