Penguins lose Game 6, but Crosby's health of more concern

Paola Ditto
Mag 13, 2017

(AP Photo/Nick Wass, file). So is the fact that Crosby came back to the game and played his usual robust style and looked very sharp in setting up a goal by Jake Guentzel late in the game.

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. Probably not for the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks. Alex Ovechkin was placed on the third line with Lars Eller and Tom Wilson. The decisive Game 7 will be Wednesday night in Washington (7:30 ET, NBCSN).

I think sooner or later this might be the fundamental question that will be addressed in a court of law.

"I think that was a confidence boost going out there with [Backstrom] and [Oshie]", Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen said.

"It doesn't matter, leaders or not leaders, top six, bottom six", said Evgeny Kuznetsov, who scored the Game 5 victor. The home team is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings, the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington and the over is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings.

But because of how they reached that moment - by playing their best hockey when nothing less would suffice - they will take the ice as favorites.

"Obviously there's more at stake when it's the final game", said Carlyle, who won the Cup in 2007 but hasn't won a Game 7 since 2006. “Now it boils down to one. "We need to get to it and we know that". If we dont hold serve, then its not what were looking for.”. He scored twice in Game 1, picked up a pair of assists in Game 2 and had seven points in five games against the Blue Jackets in the first round. Trotz doesn't think it'll have anything to do with history.

"I don't know if there's any hump to get over", Trotz said.

"I was just talking about it last night: Is this not the best rivalry in the game right now?" That's okay if you're ahead, but it is hard to come back from when trailing especially given Washington's overwhelming shot advantage. Both teams have looked completely different when playing from behind.

Andre Burakovsky has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-14 at even-strength over the past two games, scoring two goals with an assist. By then the Capitals already had a 1-0 lead on Oshie's shot from the right circle on the power play. Edmonton and Anaheim are tied, 3-3, in their series after the Oilers dominated Game 6.

The Capitals routed the Penguins, 5-2, on Monday night to force an all-important Game 7 on Wednesday at Verizon Center.

One of the effects of numerous concussions is that the threshold for future head injuries is lower, two concussion experts told The Washington Post last week.

"I've got to believe that (the momentum from Game 6 is) going to roll over, that they're finally sick and exhausted of hearing that they haven't gone to the third round and will break through", Boudreau said.

After the Penguins' 5-2 loss, Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan was asked if Crosby was checked for a concussion.

Sidney Crosby fell headlong into the boards during Game 6.

The day after failing to close out the Eastern Conference semifinal for the second time, the Pittsburgh Penguins went through an intense, hour-long practice at their facility. I don't really want to do it. In his other four Game 7s, Fleury has allowed two goals or fewer.

The Capitals are battling history and bad omens.

"We're just trying to shoot where there is open spot", Kuznetsov said.

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