Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Chipped Ice A.M.: Cullen, Hagelin have Game 7 pedigree for Penguins


It wasn't quite the first period we wanted, but the last 40 [minutes] were really good for us.

Fleury is going to have come up big against the NHL's most risky offense one more time and the blue line will have to learn from its Game 6 mistakes and be more careful with the puck. The city was on fire going into that game, anticipating the first of what was expected to be multiple Stanley Cups for the Alex Ovechkin Capitals.

"Yep. Yeah. Pretty standard", Crosby told NHL Network, affirming doctors had cleared him to keep playing.

The Penguins will start by shaking the lines up for Game 7. It's going to be the toughest game of the series. We need to play the same. They looked exhausted, disinterested, they were flat-footed, they turned the puck over... all of the things that won them the Stanley Cup (and a Game 6 versus the Capitals a year ago) they suddenly quit doing. On it is a cartoon image of an unnamed Washington player with a devil sitting over his shoulder.

From the first drop of the puck, it was the Caps' night. In 2010, he was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals in a 5-2 loss to Montreal. It's just changed, the culture has changed over the course of time. In the Caps' three wins, Backstrom has three goals and two assists. That's okay if you're ahead, but it is hard to come back from when trailing especially given Washington's overwhelming shot advantage.

“Were just trying to shoot where there is open spot, ” Kuznetsov said. Or it could be one of the most painful - a much longer list over the past 25 years. Winning just doesn't happen, you have to create that culture, that response ...

The Senators faced Capitals' backup Philipp Grubauer in the third meeting and while he gave up goals to Chris Ryan, Chris Kelly and Zack Smith, Condon made 31 saves in a 3-0 shutout.

Washington's bounce-back came after a disheartening 3-2 loss to the Pens in Game 4 in Pittsburgh a week ago.

Penguins Fall 2-1 in OT to Senators
Ottawa has some nice forwards like Mike Hoffman , Mark Stone , Kyle Turris, Bobby Ryan , Clarke MacArthur , and Derick Brassard. That number shrinks to 48.3% when he is off the ice. "He's played so well for us and he's really at the top of his game".

"We have no time to waste right now", Rangers forward Jesper Fast said. "That's a game we thought we probably should have had". The NHL did this because players are obstinate and stubborn and singularly focused on playing the game. We took a deep breath and we kind of regrouped ourselves and said, 'Let's go after it in Game 5.' And it took until the third period of Game 5 to get going and get rewarded for it.

The NHL's concussion spotter at the league office decided the collision didn't meet concussion protocol criteria for mandatory removal from the game. "We've got a chance to beat them in seven".

In order for the Penguins to win Game 7, they will have to come out with the same fire the Capitals brought out for Games 6 and 7; Sullivan will demand nothing less. "Those are two separate things".

- Marc-Andre Fleury has a.901 save percentage in five Game 7 appearances in his career, but that number is hurt by one performance. There are studies that outline the impact of repeated blows to the head that result in concussions, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Trotz, who has never coached a team past the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 16 seasons as an National Hockey League head coach, will have a place in Washington history if he is able to coach this Capitals team to three straight wins over the Penguins in this series.

Coming into the winner-take-all matchup in the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Penguins and Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, there's only one man who can rightfully be called Mr. It's a chapter in the legacy of the two most important players of their generation, Sidney Crosby and Ovechkin. I think it is a little bit different. "It comes down to one game, and finding a way to execute when it means the most".

To avoid a repeat of Game 6, the Pens hit the ice for a rare full squad practice before heading to D.C. Every healthy player was on the ice for what could be the team's last practice of the season.

"I'm not sure if momentum exists between games", says Niskanen.

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