Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

NHL: Caps rally past Penguins to avoid elimination

NHL: Caps rally past Penguins to avoid elimination

But the Capitals' breakthrough Saturday might be a sign their luck is about to change.

Washington's Lars Eller had two assists. "It was more of our lineup that we were getting contributions, and that has been the success that we had during the regular season".

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Pittsburgh owned a 2-1 lead heading into the third period of Game 5 in Washington on Saturday, and the Pens were 20 minutes away from winning the series in five games. "It doesn't hurt the psyche, that's for sure, because I think it takes a little frustration out of your game if you finally crack through a little bit".

The Capitals held off the Penguins last night and at least temporarily spared themselves the humiliation of yet another second round exit at the hands of the Penguins.

But that chance is going to rest nearly entirely on Fleury being able to do something he has already done multiple times this postseason for the Penguins: Steal a game for them. In fact, it hasn't even really been all that close. The Pittsburgh Penguins may do the same before Monday night's critical Game 6 - including the potential reunion of one of the team's most beloved trios of last year's Stanley Cup run.

This isn't to say that the Capitals are guaranteed to win their third game in a row (they are not), or that the Penguins have no chance on Wednesday (they do).

The Senators tied at 8:17 of the second on two fine feeds from Karlsson and MacArthur, the latter a fake shot sent cross-ice to Hoffman who buried the shot past Lundqvist. They were 9-4 on home ice total last postseason, and are 5-1 this year. He finished the game with the goal, two shots and four hits. The Capitals again dressed seven defensemen.

The lone goal of the second period would be scored by Phil Kessel.

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So this will sound like an exaggeration but nearly literally nothing good happened in the first 20 minutes if you're a Penguins fan. Just two years ago, Kuznetsov's deployment was mostly sheltered to the offensive zone because Trotz didn't trust him yet. In the third period Washington was content on trading chances in a high event third period.

Braden Holtby stopped 20 shots for Washington, while Fleury made 28 saves. So, given how much pressure the Capitals have been putting on Fleury and the Penguins' defense, it seemed only a matter of time before Washington's offense was the difference-maker in an outing.

"I think everybody wants to be attacking", said Pittsburgh forward Chris Kunitz. The Penguins handled the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Round 1, scoring three goals or more in all five games. How it got there is a different story.

Through the first four games of the series, Washington had only managed to beat Fleury nine times on 142 shots.

The Capitals were all over the Penguins in a Game 6 blowout.

Vesey pulled the Rangers in front 4-3 with his first career playoff goal when he pounced on a rebound of Brady Skjei's shot. Ovechkin, after his initial shot on the rush was blocked by Ron Hainsey, got the puck back and wristed it past Fleury for his fifth goal of the playoffs.

NOTES: Nicklas Backstrom's goal gave him 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 11 postseason games.

Shy? Hardly. When Kuznetsov scored his first goal of this Eastern Conference semifinal against the Penguins, he skated on one leg as he flapped both arms, a bird celebration he copied from the Federation Internationale de Football Association video game he plays in his free time.

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