Capitals even series with Penguins at 1 game apiece

Capitals even series with Penguins at 1 game apiece

The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power play opportunities.

It's the best time of year once again, ladies and gentlemen. Wilson's shoulder made contact with the Pittsburgh defenseman's head, but it's believed he won't be suspended for the incident because it was "unavoidable" under Rule 48.1.iii after Dumoulin changed the position of his head.

With all of that important details taken care of, it was a pretty chaotic path to get us to the end result.

The Ovechkin-Crosby storyline is destined to be headline material every single time these two teams square off, of course, as any meeting between the Capitals and Penguins offers up a head-to-head between the two brightest lights of the post-lockout era, a fight for supremacy among two of the game's all-time superstars. Nobody could stop him in that series.

Penguins defenseman Olli Maata leads all defensemen in the playoffs in the "plus-minus" category - with a +9 heading into tonight's game.

And even if they could stifle Crosby's efforts, the Flyers just couldn't contain the explosiveness of winger Jake Guentzel.

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. "We know it's going to be a long series". This Washington team has the ability to take care of the Penguins.

They are two of several players to have picked up the offensive part of their games to complement the Capitals' high-end skill players, making Washington a more balanced and risky team in many aspects of the game.

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For Washington, the next two matchups are among the toughest of their 2017-18 campaign. However, when they are the Playoff Penguins, when they are on, they are dominant, and nobody can come close to the talent that they have.

Early in the second period of Game 2, Wilson and Alex Ovechkin collided with Dumoulin, with Wilson making contact with Dumoulin's head.

Midway through the third period, with the Penguins now trailing 3-1, they thought they had scored to pull within one on a Patric Hornqvist rebound attempt on the doorstep. Then the Penguins went to work to make the comeback. Net minder Braden Holtby fired a pass up to Vrana, who passed on to Lars Eller.

Quickly after, it was Guentzel who put one home on a attractive redirection from an innocent Crosby shot from the far side of the boards.

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. Despite footage that showed white ice between the puck and the red line, the National Hockey League "determined that there were no definitive replays" that showed that the puck completely crossed the Washington goal line.

It sure looks like there's white between the puck and the goal line, which would suggest it's a goal.

Says Connolly, with a shrug: "That's kind of where I like to shoot it". "If we can come out a little cleaner, I think that's going to help our game a lot".

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