Here were the full lines and pairings from the practice, which was a signature Mike Sullivan high-tempo session that featured no absences ... "When you blow it up, you can see the white. It's behind the post". "Anytime you get those reviews, it's stressful". His first, in Game 3 of the first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets April 17 in Columbus, was rather shortlived.
"If I'm playing, I'm ready to play", Malkin said.
Hockey might be considered a game of inches, but this moment came down to mere millimeters.
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. Perhaps it was instead a miniscule mound of snow onto which the puck was perched, inconclusive evidence as referee Chris Rooney announced to wild applause. Pittsburgh may not have won game-two even if that goal was allowed, but they still feel robbed and I feel that will have them fully motivated to take down the caps in this one. As it stands, the series will instead migrate to Pittsburgh knotted at one game apiece. The former Prince George Cougars captain thought he had his first playoff goal in that game when he batted a loose puck into the net eight minutes into the second period for what appeared to be a 2-0 Washington lead. It was the first loss of the playoffs for the Golden Knights. We have to earn it.
With all of that important details taken care of, it was a pretty chaotic path to get us to the end result.
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No doubt that the Capitals received plenty.
The Pens lost defenseman Brian Domoulin during the second period after a hit to the head by Capitals forward Tom Wilson. It should be said, too, that Ovechkin had generated 57 more shot attempts, 22 more shots and thirteen more individual scoring chances than Crosby in the three prior meetings.
The play eventually went to video review, but even most of the angles shown on replay didn't provide a conclusive answer to whether the puck crossed the line.
Not that these Penguins are the types to pout, two-time defending champions and all. "They got some bounces and we just had to make sure that didn't happen again". "They were all over us". The Penguins were without star center Evgeni Malkin for the third consecutive game because of an apparent leg injury. Combined with a tilted middle frame in which Pittsburgh outshot its hosts 16-6, that offered enough reassurance heading back home. In fact one could argue that Crosby, who is a two-time Conn Smythe Trophy victor over the last two seasons, is putting together the best postseason in 11 trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "We're going to let the league do their job, and we're going to do ours".