Teams that have won the first two games on the road in a best-of-seven series are 69-18 all time. When Carl Hornqvist left the game with an injury, the coaches starting moving Kessel around on different lines as needed.
He scored twice and picked up an assist in Game 2, putting him in a tie with Sidney Crosby for second place among playoff scorers with 11 points in seven games. We're going to go there and see what we're made of.
"We certainly would like to have better starts".
That marked the end of Holtby's night after two periods as the 2016 Vezina Trophy victor was again not at his best as Fleury stole the show. The Caps got goals from Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Game 3 of this series goes Tuesday in NY.
We know, even with a victory, the Pens have a lot to tighten up for Game 2.
I just don't think a regression will doom this team. "We can't just put it on Braden Holtby". These two teams rely on their captains, and their captains rarely disappoint. It was his playoff-leading seventh goal.
"We know we're better in this locker room", goaltender Braden Holtby said.
It's impossible to believe that after so many battles that these two can continue to live up to the hype, but they do. The over/under total for the game is listed at 5.5 goals. The Penguins' backup goaltender drew the starting nod eight minutes before the opening game against Columbus and has been stellar. Their story to be continued...
The Pittsburgh Penguins have proven once again that nobody can take a punch and still find a way to win quite like they can.
"His leadership with this team, both through his example and on a daily basis, and the influence he has on our young players and the rest of the group, I can't say enough for", Sullivan said. "We expect him to start [Monday]". "We don't need to elaborate".
A scoreless first period didn't do much to help these teams hit the over in Game 1.
The Pittsburgh Penguins seem to be facing their hardest opponent in the entire playoffs in the second round.
Dan Girardi - The Rangers blueliner was on the wrong side of the puck (12 for, 31 against, 27.9 CF%, 5-10 scoring chances) in a 2-1 Game One loss to Ottawa. He wasn't even supposed to be in this position a month ago and is now stealing playoff games. But it didn't matter, as Fleury stayed locked in all game long. "He'll tell you he can be better", Trotz said.
Nick Bonino is a Capitals killer. Second, to convince the Caps that nothing has changed, that Sidney Crosby will score two goals in the first 64 seconds of the second period to define the shape of the game and that, after the Caps battle back to tie at 2, it will still be a Pen wearing No. 13 - nemesis Nick Bonino, a third-liner - who will score the victor. Why?
It also wasn't the first four-goal game of the season at the Canadien Tire Centre. At least now they now know they can crush and expose that very bad defense. Bonino was key during the Cup run last season, and that should be true again this season - especially if they are able to get past the Caps.
I mean, without tradition our lives would be as shaky as the fiddler on the roof.
This series has quickly become a choose-your-own Capitals narrative as the biggest problem. And Washington had two power play opportunities in the period, compared to none for Pittsburgh. "It's going to permit us to work on a couple things, it's going to permit us to show maybe a little bit more video and it's going to give our players an extra day".