Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
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Three things to watch for in Penguins-Capitals Game 6

Three things to watch for in Penguins-Capitals Game 6

We win one game there, come back (to Washington) and play a Game 7.

The Capitals have not been to the conference finals in 20 years. Though Holtby eventually got the offensive support from his teammates that secured the Capitals' win, the goaltender stood tall in his 36-save night. "None of us have ever been there".

Connor tallied a second goal, but the Predators had a quick response with a shorthanded goal from Ryan Johansen to end the period at 4-2 in the Jets' favor. The line for Washington sits at +160 and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals.

This season, Backstrom had 21 goals and 50 assists for 71 points. John Carlson and Brett Connelly collected the Capitals' other goals. Something seemed off with him all game, as center Chandler Stephenson oddly took the faceoffs for Backstrom. "We just have to clean up our mistakes, and we'll be fine".

Connolly put the Capitals in front 2-1 when he scored on a shot from the edge of the left circle that was deflected and bounced through Murray's pads with 1:05 remaining. The Capitals were 0-2 when Kuznetsov opted to use it during the 2017 postseason - falling 4-3 in overtime in the first round to the Leafs, and 3-2 to the Penguins in round two. The Caps are now a win away from the Eastern Conference Final, a series Washington has yet to reach with Ovechkin. We know that. (Game 5 Saturday was) obviously a big win.

Just 52 seconds into the third period, Kuznetsov got to flap his wings. They blew a 3-1 series lead in the second round against Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers in the 2014-15 season.


"It might have been our best game of the series, and we didn't come out with the result we were looking for", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

Late last season, a Caps' season ticket holder told me he'd be happy if the Caps just got out of the second round.

Crosby added, "It's tough". This is a very good opponent, and we're going to have to be really, really good. We did, and at the end of the day, we found a way to win.

"You see with the winning goal". Vrana said on the broadcast after the game that he thought Ovechkin was going to shoot it, but he was there to send it home. That's how close it is.

Both Trotz and Ovechkin acknowledged that the top line needed to be better after it struggled in Game 4, just the third playoff game in Ovechkin's career in which he didn't record a single shot on goal. The Bruins now face the daunting task of staying alive in Sunday's Game 5 on the road while setting aside the frustrations of the last three games-and without defenseman Torey Krug.

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