If that happens again and Pittsburgh has a lead in the third period, Sullivan won't make the same mistake twice. With crisp tic-tac-toe passing from the hashmarks and within, Kessel scored on a point-blank one-timer to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead that would last until the third period. 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. Carl Grundstrom did end up making his debut, and he also scored one of the five goals. Should the Caps lose in Game 6 on Monday that moment will be little more than just a footnote for the series, a delay of Pittsburgh's eventual victory. And then the Capitals battled back from a 2-1 deficit with one period to play in Game 5 to stay alive.
The difference for me when watching from the ice last night was the sound and the seismic measure of Game 5 when compared to the previous bouts. Washington's dominance when both teams are at full strength has manifested itself in the shots on goal totals, which are tilted heavily in the Capitals' favor. Pittsburgh managed just 3 shots in the opening frame. NY has scored first all five games this series.
Teams that win Game 5 when a series is tied 2-2 have gone on to win 78.7 per cent of the time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, including a ideal 3-0 in 2017. Brian Dumoulin, who has been playing over twenty minutes per game, is most likely playing hurt. Washington has 30 chances and just 19 against at 5-on-5, good for a scoring chances for percentage of 61.2. The defenseman added two shots on goal. Washington picked up 2 man-advantage tallies. Sheary, whose play has been less stellar than usual lately, especially did- so much so that in this morning's practice, Sheary was back on Crosby's wing on the Penguins' top line.
"I think we played a really patient game", Holtby said.
"Be honest with you", Ovechkin told reporters, "I don't think it matters who going to play together and who we going to play against".
This is the fourth time the two teams will meet in a winner-take-all. In beating the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist to put Ottawa up 3-2 in the series, Turris joined Devin Setoguchi, Martin St. Louis, Niclas Wallin, Danny Gare, Rene Robert and Mel Hill in the record books and passed Daniel Alfredsson for the most in franchise history.
The Pens need to win tonight at home in order to clinch the series against the Capitals.
Thats just what we need in these tight games, said Andre Burakovsky, who scored the tying goal in the first period and had another good game after replacing Ovechkin as the top-line left winger. "It was more of our lineup that we were getting contributions, and that has been the success that we had during the regular season". Saturday was the first time in the series Fleury posted a sub-.900 SP, though, and while it would seem foolish to suggest one game means the Capitals have suddenly figured out how to beat this seemingly new-look playoff Fleury, blasting four pucks past the netminder is a positive sign for Washington.
It's bad when a team like the Penguins, even though they have been outshot by a large margin already in this series, can only manufacture nine shots - nine shots! - on Braden Holtby through 40 minutes of play.
"I haven't been here forever but, one, I've never been in a Game 7", said Washington forward T.J. Oshie, who opened the scoring with a first-period power-play goal.