"Everyone had bumps and bruises, but I don't think anyone had the torn ACL or MCL that I heard about in San Jose (Joe Thornton), which is incredible". "For us, we definitely want to be in the same situation we are now next year, but hopefully a different outcome".
The Penguins get the victor of the Capitals-Maple Leafs series, which is tied 2-2 going into tonight's Game 5 on Washington's ice. The Maple Leafs look like the new Pittsburgh Penguins-Chicago Blackhawks circa 2007, as Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville himself suggested to Leafs coach Mike Babcock earlier this season. That means the Penguins could sit for a week. The Leafs had a few chances, but could not bury them and, just over six minutes in, Andersen stopped Johansson's initial redirect, but the Capitals forward jammed in his rebound to send the President's trophy winners into the second round with a 4-2 series win, including three overtime wins.
"Well, I thought Tom had energy, but you can not take four penalties in a playoff game", Trotz said. His development under Babcock has been a lot of fun to watch. The team didn't really a choice given the way Matthews and company were flying around the ice.
"Andersen was unbelievable, obviously, keeping them in the game", Ovechkin said. But I suppose there might be a couple more opportunities for that in the future.
Though Sullivan said he's watching the games a bit closer than usual, he said there isn't any use in trying to specifically watch the games for scouting at this point in time.
With a chance to polish off the Toronto Maple Leafs and clinch the best-of-seven playoff series, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz delivered his by-now-famous message to his team before the game Sunday night.
Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (90) celebrates with right wing Justin Williams (14) and center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) after scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs during Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Toronto on Sunday, April 23, 2017. The players certainly aren't complaining.
"I think the sightlines were better last game".
- Chris Kunitz and Chad Ruhwedel both skated Saturday.
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"(They) are making significant progress", Sullivan said. "We've taken some great steps in the right direction. Those decisions will be made on a daily basis depending on their response".
To hear Babcock talk about Marner's so-called struggles, you would think the 19-year-old hadn't scored in weeks - if not months.
Having the best record in the regular season doesn't guarantee postseason success. Ovechkin also registered many shots on goal. "They know how far we've come and the effort we put into this. He's a difference-maker", Sullivan said.
"If you can keep your special teams going through the playoffs, it is a big factor in a series", he said.
Last night's win was Fleury's 57th in the playoffs, the most in franchise history.
Headlining the matchups is Crosby's Pens vs. Ovie's Caps, but beyond that, there are a lot of great matchups in store. Make good choices. The challenge here in Toronto is not to come up with the plan. "It can be because of the fact that the five-on-five play becomes so tight at times that that can be a deciding factor".
Marc-Andre Fleury was good against Columbus and they'll need him to continue that run without Matt Murray. "I just thought we went for it", said coach Trotz. They were constantly in their zone and had trouble getting the puck out.
Malkin said that Phil Kessel is the most risky player on the Penguins' power play. The winning goal came after Marincin didn't seem strong enough to hold off Johansson.
"I thought he got rid of the puck and I just kind of tried to get a piece of him and he tried to get out of the way", Kadri told reporters.