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NHL Playoffs: Penguins take 2-0 lead over Capitals

Montrelle Montesinos | 06 May, 2017, 15:27

"We had 80-plus pucks at their net to 40-plus" shot attempts by the Pens, Caps Coach Barry Trotz said. He scored goals on his first two shots in his National Hockey League debut. Three-plus minutes later, Crosby went down to block Justin Williams' shot, slid the puck go Guentzel while still on his belly to jumpstart the 2-on-1 and the rookie from Omaha, Nebraska beat Holtby clean to make it 3-1 Pittsburgh. "I don't think there are big differences in our game".

"There are some areas that I feel that we can be a little bit better at", Vigneault said. In a game against the Boston Bruins in December, Washington squandered a three-goal lead before prevailing in overtime.

"He was risky. He was attacking", said Penguins center Matt Cullen. Shattenkirk also also misplayed a late breakaway near the end of Game 1, which resulted in Nick Bonino scoring the game-winning goal.

It also happened to be a first period that involved the Penguins facing a barrage of shots from an aggressive Capitals team.

Washington blew the game because of how poorly they played in transition.

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Sidney Crosby wasn't beating the Washington Capitals putting the puck through his legs, he was doing it belly down on the ice.

He was asked if the third period of Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins represented another moment when the Capitals were left wondering: What else can we do?

"Sometimes you need to hear from your teammates more than you need to hear from your coach", forward T.J. Oshie said.

"The playoffs are made of big moments", Holtby told reporters. Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) celebrates his third goal of the game against the New York Rangers with center Kyle Turris (7) and right wing Bobby Ryan (9) during the third period of Game 2 of a.

"I'm playing with great players and I'm just trying to be around the net", Guentzel said.

Nearly four minutes into the third period, Washington's Nicklas Backstrom scored to make the game more interesting at 4-2, but then Malkin got on the stat sheet with a goal that was originally called no-good before being successfully challenged and overturned.

The series heads to NY for Game 3 on Tuesday night. "They've responded all year", Trotz said. That made it 5-2 and provided further evidence that the Capitals can't get any kind of break.

Philipp Grubauer replaced Holtby for the third period for his first appearance in the playoffs.

Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 34 of the 36 shots he faced in his second consecutive strong performance and Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel scored twice to put the Presidents' Trophy winners in a huge hole. "When teams want to play an aggressive game against us, there's risk reward and so when we get high quality opportunities, that's when we believe our quick strike capability is at its best".

One shining example of this comes in 2012 when the Capitals found themselves with both starting goaltenders injured. The Penguins are a much stronger team with the return of veteran wing Chris Kunitz and Hagelin, whose speed could make it even more hard on the Capitals.

"It gives us energy to take energy from the crowd and from the building", Rust said Friday.

"I think everybody did", Cullen said.

The Capitals' first players-only meeting oddly followed a win.

"We have four lines that can play offense or play just in general and be risky", Brassard said.