Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
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Penguins Fall 4-1 In Game 2, Capitals Tie Series

Penguins Fall 4-1 In Game 2, Capitals Tie Series

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Back-to-back defending champion Pittsburgh roared back from a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat the Washington Capitals, while the Winnipeg Jets chased Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne in a convincing 4-1 victory in Game 1. The Capitals improved to 2-3 in the playoffs when scoring the first two goals of the game.

While the National Hockey League has declined to give supplemental discipline to Capitals winger Tom Wilson for his shoulder-to-head hit on Brian Dumoulin on Sunday, the Penguins still presented some good injury news at Monday's practice at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. That said, they have still won two of the three games they have played this postseason without Malkin, managed to split in Washington without him and Hagelin, and head home on Tuesday night for Game 3 tied in the series.

"Pretty disappointed", Murray said.

You want replay controversy? It's not like the regular season. Johansen answered 34 seconds later, skating around Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom and beating Hellebuyck. "We're capable of doing it and we should be excited with the way we played the first two games".

It's impossible to overstate Malkin's value to the Penguins. Dumoulin remained down on the ice for several minutes, went down the tunnel and never returned.


Malkin skated on the fourth line between rookie Zack Aston-Reese and Tom Kuhnhackl at practice and on the first power-play unit. Born in Campbell River, Connolly grew up in Prince George and played three seasons with the Cougars from 2008-11.

"It's 100 percent a goal", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said after the 4-1 loss, which evened the series at 1-1. Matter of fact, when the two players and their respective teams have collided in the post-season, Ovechkin has been just as good, if not better than Crosby from a statistical perspective. We'll see what happens, and we'll keep moving forward here.

NOTES: The Capitals have now killed 22 consecutive penalties dating to Game 2 of their first-round series against Columbus. 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. "Whatever they decided, we were fine with". "There're more important things going on".

The strength of the Washington and Pittsburgh power plays has those teams watching themselves and trying to avoid time in the sin bin.

There also needs to be some attention given to the game Holtby played in net for the Capitals on Sunday because he was outstanding, stopping 32 of the 33 shots he faced. "So he's capable of that kind of game in that kind of environment". "He's a big man that moves well and tracks well in traffic — especially close traffic".

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