Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0 series lead

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"In the first series (against the Columbus Blue Jackets), the first two games here, he's made timely saves for us, especially in that first period".

"I thought some of the goals, he wasn't as sharp as he can be for us". The series resumes Saturday with Game 2, 8 p.m. ET, in Washington.

So when Kessel hoisted the Stanley Cup past year, scoring 10 goals and 22 points in a Conn Smythe-worthy performance, a lot of misconceptions were rightly smashed.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Capitals are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -145 to win.

Now in a deep but not insurmountable hole against the defending Stanley Cup champs, the Capitals reportedly held a players' only meeting following this latest defeat.

"It's never where you want to be", he said.

What began with a strong first period for the Capitals in Game 2, albeit without a reward on the score board, faded into a frustrating 6-2 rout, as the Penguins took a commanding 2-0 series lead as it shifts back to Pittsburgh for a pivotal Game 3 on Monday.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - For one glorious period for fans here Saturday night, the Washington Capitals finally looked like the team we expected to see in the postseason. Malkin's deflection was initially waved off for goaltender interference, but the Penguins challenged and the call was overturned.

Guentzel, the 22-year-old rookie, leads the National Hockey League with seven goals in these playoffs. "What was said is what needed to be said". "And they will respond again". Pittsburgh faced a barrage of shots and was absolutely dominated in the first period.

"We come out a little bit slow", Ovechkin said. "First game under my belt, it's good to just get that one and get better every game". Pittsburgh RW Patric Hornqvist left the game in the first period after blocking a shot by John Carlson and did not return.

That'll go up, though, as he works his way back to 100 percent.

The puck stayed like that for MINUTES, and the second period finished with not one but two pucks in play. If they can't turn things around, they'll earn the dubious distinction of back-to-back second-round playoff exits despite earning the Presidents' Cup cup for the Eastern Conference's best regular-season record in each of the last two seasons. "I just think Bones is a guy that's a high-stakes player", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

Though Washington lost Game 1 on Thursday, the Capitals were still encouraged by how they had played for the majority of the game, doubling the Penguins' shot attempts. They've also had plenty of difficulty scoring goals in recent years, and this provides them with an opportunity to land a player - forwards Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier are expected to be the top two players selected in June - that can help remedy that.

In fact, among goalies that have played at least five games in these playoffs, Holtby ranks 13th out of 14 in save percentage with a mark of.911. "When we get those chances, we bear down and those are key goals for us". "They capitalized on a couple of mistakes in the second, and that changed the game". To make room for Hagelin, Pittsburgh F Scott Wilson was a scratch. That being said, there is a lot of positives that the Capitals can take from the game - but the main one is that they were beaten by Marc-Andre Fleury, something not likely to keep happening. With his two assists, C Sidney Crosby (148) moved ahead of Jaromir Jagr (147) for second place on the team's all-time postseason points list.

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