NHL Burakovsky at the double as Caps down Penguins to tie series

NHL Burakovsky at the double as Caps down Penguins to tie series

NHL Burakovsky at the double as Caps down Penguins to tie series

Well, it might not have followed the exact script. In advance of the Penguins' Game 7 Wednesday against the Capitals in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the players have shared those experiences with each other. "We can wear them down a little bit more there". The result was six even-strength goals against, none for, in 82 minutes of ice time in the playoffs. Against the Maple Leafs, he allowed 14 goals in the first four games, before giving up just two goals in the final two. Some of that is the play in front of him, especially with Pittsburgh defenseman Trevor Daley missing Game 6 with a lower-body injury.

#2 - The Penguins have a long history of tormenting the Capitals. The Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities.

The Canadian star was examined by a team doctor who ruled he did not need to be removed from play for further evaluation.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan tinkered with his line combinations reuniting the "HBK" line (Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel) that played an instrumental part in the team's Cup run last spring. Burakovsky has three goals in his last two games, and Ovechkin scored a big goal in Game 5.

He clings to those moments - Dale Hunter's Game 7 breakaway against Ron Hextall in 1988, or Joel Ward's victor against Boston in 2012. Marc-Andre Fleury must recover after having a terrible last four periods. A soft goal after several games of phenomenal play from Fleury seemed to deflate both him and his teammates, and Washington carried play for the remainder of the second. If Matt Murray were healthy, he would be replacing Fleury for Game 7.

"There shouldn't be any wondering about it", Crosby said.

So, unless your team is one of the four mentioned above, you can sit back and enjoy back-to-back Game 7s which will alter the course of the rest of the postseason.

"I've got to believe that (the momentum from Game 6 is) going to roll over, that they're finally sick and exhausted of hearing that they haven't gone to the third round and will break through", Boudreau said. But in order for Washington to guarantee a spot in the conference final, its best player will need to find the back of the net. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup that year.

If the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Cavaliers can finally do it, why can't the Caps? But after the last two games, anything is possible.

This was before the 2010 President's Cup team that lost in the first round to the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens in seven games, the seventh game in full view of Capitals fans at the Verizon Center. As head coach Barry Trotz has said, "We're having fun now". "We take good moments of the game and move forward". Well, expecting it, really.

Crosby, however, said he simply had the wind knocked out of him and that he had been evaluated, calling it "pretty standard stuff", per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. Cullen assisted on Carolina's first two goals in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. When the stage is the largest, the Penguins captain has a knack for being unstoppable. Through the regular season and the playoffs combined, the Caps have scored only once at 4-on-4.

A year ago, Washington trailed Pittsburgh 3-1 in the second round, won Game 5 at home only to fall in overtime of Game 6. Sullivan switched around his lines for the game, moving Jake Guentzel down to the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust. After all, they've been here before and come out the other end with a championship.

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