Beat Penguins to stay alive in National Hockey League playoffs

He was around to support his teammates during their 3-2 win in Game 4 and skated in full gear during a scheduled off day Thursday before rejoining the group Friday.

Worst short-sample indicator of success: Washington's shot differential - The Capitals have outshot the Penguins 174-105 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series, but it took a third-period rally to keep the caps season alive.

Turris scored 6:28 into overtime to lift the Senators to 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday for a 3-2 series lead in their second-round series.

While Fleury struggled for the first time against the Capitals, Vezina Trophy finalist Braden Holtby had his best game of the series, stopping 20 of the 22 shots he faced. The Penguins then scored the only goal of the second period, taking a 2-1 lead on a power play goal by Phil Kessel off assists from Evgeni Malkin and Crosby. Or maybe the Penguins coaches sat Maatta down and asked for more involvement in the offensive zone.

A two-time Hart Trophy victor and a finalist this season, Crosby skated in full gear on Thursday and was a full participant in practice on Friday.


"There is definitely an area as far as structure-wise that I thought we had addressed", Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

Eller said that, from a mental standpoint, seemingly doing everything right without scoring can be frustrating.

Of the Penguins' 20 blocked shots in their Game 5 loss to Washington, two only prevented goals by a matter of seconds. The team has put a lot of work into making sure they win a Stanley Cup this season. "I think that's what they were tonight". It's still uncertain whether he will be available for Game 5 tonight in Washington, D.C. Penguins Sidney Crosby smiles during National Hockey League practice Friday at the team's practice facility in Cranberry. The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

"I felt good", Sheary said of the morning skate as a horde of reporters crowded around his stall in the tiny visitors locker room.

"They know way more about it than the rest of us do".


"Having gone through this, I'm aware of my body", Crosby said. It's up to those star players (the envy of every other team in the NHL) to do something about this elimination game.

"We're still down", said Ovechkin, who has 12 goals, 26 points in 18 career playoff games against the Penguins, including two goals, five points this series. Most members of the current roster weren't around for those defeats, but those who were - like Chris Kunitz and Marc-Andre Fleury - surely haven't forgotten that it can happen. Both Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary were back in the lineup from concussions, and everything seemed to be in Pittsburgh's favour.

Kuznetsov left out the part in which he would score, too, on a shot with no angle, a shot that saved the Capitals' season for at least one more game.

NOTES: Nicklas Backstrom's goal gave him 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 11 postseason games. "We wanted a win and to get this win but it's definitely good to have him back". They lead the series in shots on goal, 174-115. "But you can not predict how long it's going to take to recover from a concussion just because somebody has had a concussion before or just because a concussion that somebody had before has lasted for quite a period of time".



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