Pressure still on Caps, but spotlight is on Fleury in Game 6

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And they're going to get a seventh game of it Wednesday thanks to the Capitals' 5-2 win Monday night.

"We're still down", said Ovechkin, who has 12 goals, 26 points in 18 career playoff games against the Penguins, including two goals, five points this series.

"It's right where we want it right now", veteran center Nicklas Backstrom said. If he doesn't hold down the fort in pretty much every game the Penguins came out flat in, or post a.930 save percentage, who knows what direction their postseason goes in. And we still have our back against the wall. The game tips off at 7:30 PM EST in PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh and can be watched online live on FuboTV.

The ratings likely won't be quite as high there thanks to the game being on NBCSN rather than NBC (to say nothing of no Derby lead-in), but that should still draw well, especially in comparison to numerous other second-round matchups.

The Steel City crowd, of course, wasn't completely dead - and neither were the Pens - in the waning minutes of the contest, when Pittsburgh capitalized on some busted coverage from (a comfortable?) Caps defense during a 4-on-4 with two late scores. They lost a 3-1 lead to the New York Rangers in the second round of 2014, scoring just three goals over the final three games, a meltdown that cost coach Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero their jobs. It outlines educational videos and literature, mandates baseline testing and provides for the implementation of "spotters" at each game, the judge and jury as to when players should be removed from the ice - because over time, neither clubs nor players have shown enough responsibility in the moment to prioritize players' safety.

"I was just going hard to the net", Crosby said.

It'll be the fourth one to go seven games and, you guessed it, Pittsburgh has had a significant edge. It's a chapter in the legacy of the two most important players of their generation, Sidney Crosby and Ovechkin. I'm not out here saying the Penguins or Sullivan or Crosby did or didn't do anything, just suggesting that it might be a good idea to get on the same page. The reality is we are trying to keep our eye on the right ball. Hoffman (notice a trend?) had the other Senators' goal while Nick Bonino scored for Pittsburgh. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances.

The concern is that Crosby's brain may not have fully healed from the previous concussion and that could have put him in a unsafe situation in Game 6. They are unable to make plays through the neutral zone. In Game 5, Kuznetsov scored on an angle straight from the goal line.

The Caps played extremely well in all areas of the game in Monday's Game 6 victory. Now, though, credit must be granted to Trotz, who made what could have been seen as a panic move with his team trailing three games to one - dropping Ovechkin, the best player in the franchise's history, to the third line while bumping Burakovsky up to play with Backstrom, even though Burakovsky had done nothing to earn a promotion. "Game 7" in his first chance with Washington.

"There's no doubt that for me experience, when you have it, is a good thing", Vigneault said on a conference call Sunday. There are expectations that the Capitals should advance. More importantly, they limited Pittsburgh's counter attack game until permitting a pair of four-on-four goals in the game's waning minutes.

"If you're not nervous, you're not human", Vigneault said. "You've got an opportunity to win a game like this and win a series at home".

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