Did Capitals expose a weakness in Penguins goalie Matt Murray?


For the second straight game, Washington was up 2-0, but the team had squandered that kind of cushion three times in its previous seven playoff games, including Game 1 against the Penguins.

The Caps beat Dumoulin's Penquins 3-1 to even the series 1-1.

"You can see what happened last game when we get the lead 2-0 and they come back and win the game", Ovechkin said, per Stats/Associated Press (h/t CBS Sports).

The Capitals took the 2-0 lead into the second period, before Brett Connolly added a third score for the home squad. The Capitals must focus on getting pucks on net early and often against the Penguins, as they've proven they're vulnerable to early goals against.

Wilson, who led the Capitals in penalty minutes during the regular season, had a meeting with the Department of Player Safety in the first round for a hit that injured Columbus Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg, but Wilson was not suspended. It was 3-1 for over 26 minutes equating to almost half the game. The goal was the seventh of the postseason for Russia's Ovechkin. Nicklas Backstrom scored the empty-net goal, while Kris Letang scored the only goal for the Penguins.

Moving forward for the Capitals means cleaning up the little plays that can make a big difference this time of year. As a result, they called it "no goal" on the ice. An away victory in the playoffs is never easy, but nevertheless serves as a staple of their quest for Lord Stanley's trophy. They're an experienced team and they know how to win.

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Ryan Johansen scored two goals, Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and two assists, and P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist as Nashville won both its 100th postseason game as a franchise and coach Peter Laviolette's 50th with the team. Hornqvist got his stick on it, but he inadvertently passed it to Ovechkin, who quickly shot it past Matt Murray's glove for the first goal of the game. Through 89 regular season matches, 49 of its games have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just five have pushed.

During the playoffs, the Penguins have been very good on offense as they come in ranked 2nd in scoring at 4.00 gpg, while also ranking 12th in shots taken (30.3 spg) and 10th in power play conversions, converting on 16.7% of their chances. He has put up 35 goals and 69 assists for 104 career points in 391 games.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be a bit angry for this one and they will also be looking to break a two-game home losing streak.

And even if they could stifle Crosby's efforts, the Flyers just couldn't contain the explosiveness of winger Jake Guentzel. Less than two minutes into the game, Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov and Hornqvist raced for a puck that had slid into Pittsburgh's zone.

The Nashville Predators were pushed hard in Game 2 of their series with the Winnipeg Jets, but they survived a double-overtime thriller and squared the series at 1-1.