The Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities.
Only problem is, so was Anderson, who has phenomenal career numbers against NY and is 5-2 with a 1.81 goals-against average and.930 save percentage so far in these playoffs.
That's the task facing the Capitals, who were the Presidents' Trophy winners during the regular season. Pittsburgh F Chris Kunitz passed Mario Lemieux for fifth place on the team's all-time postseason games played list with 108. It'll be interesting to see where Hagelin slots in the lineup in Game 3, specifically if we see the HBK line back together for a full game. Holtby's struggles have looked even worse when compared to how Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has played, stopping 34 shots in Game 2 as the Capitals again significantly outshot the Penguins. His willingness to get in front of shots, in both the offensive and defensive zones, has become his defining characteristic during his three seasons in Pittsburgh. The Penguins face defeated rival Washington in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday, thanks in no small part to the kid with the boyish face and all-grown-up game. I think today returns to form and the two put up a high number.
"It wasn't as we planned", Holtby said.
"I think we've got a pretty mature group that turns the page pretty quickly", Orpik said on Saturday night.
This is supposed to be the year for the Capitals. and they sure played like they knew it Saturday night at Verizon Center.
Holtby stopped 18 shots, but he allowed Bonino's goal at 12:36.
"We just got a little impatient", Orpik said.
Holtby is capable of playing much better, even though he will find it challenging away from home, where his goals-against average was almost one goal higher during the regular season. It was his playoff-leading seventh goal. The two teams met in the second round, and unlike the 2009 battle, the stars were not the story.More news: Predators take 2-1 series lead, beating St. Louis Blues 3-1
WASHINGTON-Beside skating, passing and checking, the Washington Capitals are well-versed in another fundamental: postgame cliches.
"You play with (Crosby), you just try to find the soft area and make the play", said the kid from Omaha, Nebraska. "They've gone to places in their room where you have to go to win a championship, and we're going to have to go to places we haven't gone before if we're going to beat this team". They played very well, dominating most of the game.
"We just had to change, sort of, the 'mojo, '" Trotz said when asked why he made the switch.
The Capitals have an aggressive and high-octane offense, but, for all their shot attempts, they're still down 2-0 in the series. In the game's waning seconds, Guentzel's empty netter was the game's final goal.
"The guys are still feeling good about our team, feeling good about our game", forward J.T. Miller said Monday at the team's practice facility. Here are some highlights from the insane game that was game two.
The Penguins came to the District with two goals.
Grubauer didn't fare much better, allowing two goals on nine shots.
The Penguins on the other hand are getting comfortable playing like this after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games in the first round.
But Pittsburg made it 5-2 at 5:31. His performance in Game 1 was one of the worst that he has had in the National Hockey League. They have. Now they have a shot at the kind of two-games-to-none lead that could drag the Caps' ghouls and ghosties out of the subconscious.