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Crosby scores twice, Bonino has winner as Pens beat Caps

09 May 2017, 08:06 | Simon Arnold

Crosby scores twice, Bonino has winner as Pens beat Caps

Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie skates with the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, of Finland during the second period of Game 1 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series T

Second, to convince the Caps that nothing has changed, that Sidney Crosby will score two goals in the first 64 seconds of the second period to define the shape of the game and that, after the Caps battle back to tie at 2, it will still be a Pen wearing No. 13 - nemesis Nick Bonino, a third-liner - who will score the victor. Why?

After winning twice in Washington, the Penguins host Game 3 on Monday night.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russian Federation, chases the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72), of Sweden, during Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, . Fleury was up to the challenge stopping 70 of 72 shots in the first two games of the series, pushing Pittsburgh to a 2-0 series lead.

Desperate times called for a players-only meeting in the Washington Capitals' locker room after they fell behind 2-0 in their second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh got five goals at even strength from its third line of Hagelin, Bonino and Kessel and two more from Cullen and his fourth-line mates previous year, while Washington's bottom six combined for two goals. "I think we're happy to get the win, but they played a great game and we know they're going to get better too, so we've got to match that". "It's not flawless by any stretch out there".

We know the Pens and Caps top-two lines are so strong, they virtually cancel each other out. But Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 of his 32 saves in the third period to help Pittsburgh to the win.

Columbus, facing the same problem, registered fewer hits after falling behind 2-0 in the first-round series against the Penguins.

Holtby had surrendered three goals on 14 shots before getting the hook after the second period Saturday.

Through seven games, the Penguins have allowed 119 more shot attempts (514 against, 395 for) and 49 more shots on goal (265 against, 216 for), yet they've outscored the opposition, 30-17, due in large part to a 13.89 shooting percentage and a 93.58 save percentage. "He brings his best game when the games are most important, and we've got a lot of guys on our roster that we can say that about". "He's a game-changer for us, so when he didn't change the game, I just looked to change the mojo a little bit".

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71 shots on goal in the first two games of this Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals series before their home crowd at the Verizon Center.

"No penalties against their side", Ovechkin said. That's where your goalie needs to come up with a save, and I just didn't. "It's fun to win".

Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel each finished with two goals and one assist in the Penguins rout, with Guentzel's final score coming on an open net.

Pittsburgh at Washington, 7 p.m. "I thought some of the goals.he wasn't as sharp as he can be for us". I think they're just driven athletes. The Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. The first goal came midway through the first period and tied the game at one after an early Rangers goal. I just found he was a guy who really cared about his players.

As for Kessel, if he has a reputation these days, it's as a big-game player. "I don't think there are big differences in our game".

To be the champs, you've got to beat the champs. Patric Hornqvist did not return after blocking a shot with his ankle late in the first period; Tom Kuhnhackl took one off his arm late in the game; and Ron Hainsey was drilled in the lead late in the game.

Penguins forward Carl Hagelin, who had been out with a lower body injury, played for the first time since March 10. RW Paul Carey replaced Brett Connolly in the Capitals' lineup.



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