We're going to go there and see what we're made of.
The Pittsburgh Penguins can all but end this series by winning here and taking a monster 3-0 lead. And we all know how the Caps handle pressure. "Obviously, we could've been up by a couple and we weren't, and I think we got impatient there and got a little frustrated that we weren't".
With the Capitals now down 2-0 heading into Pittsburgh, they will need Holtby to return to form. "He's a game-changer for us". But there was also some good to come from Game 1.
It's unknown why Holtby is struggling so much at this point. "Us." "Yeah, me too".
"It was very intense", Hagelin said. And if you're not, you open things up against them and before you know it, you're down by two or three.
After a smattering of boos for the first goal, Verizon Center fell silent.
It was seeing Holtby sitting on the bench in a baseball cap to start the third period that provided the biggest gut check on Saturday night.
The more honest the Caps are with themselves about the true difficulty of title runs - how almost terrifying they can seem at times and how quickly true crises jump up in your face - the better they can cope with them.
Matt Niskanen and Nicklas Backstrom scored for the Capitals. His next two goals allowed the Senators to erase a 5-3 Rangers lead late in the third and force overtime, which he then ended with this incredible shot. Their story to be continued... Pittsburgh's only infraction was a coincidental roughing call on Scott Wilson after the Capitals, inspired by Ovechkin's tally, got more aggressive late in the second period. For a team that really loves banners, this had to be traumatizing for the Capitals.
Six minutes into the third period, Washington had a 32-13 advantage in hits.More news: ND's Kizer, Toledo native, drafted by Browns
"So far they've made one more defensive play, one more offensive play in each game", Vigneault said.
The Capitals weren't feeling so good about a game in which they didn't have a single power play.
What a whirlwind the past year has been professionally for Marc-Andre Fleury.
Crosby was a one-man goal generator in Game 2.
It's impossible to show enough praise for the job Fleury has done this postseason. Teams that have lost the first two games at home in a best-of-seven series are 18-69 to advance all-time. But it didn't matter, as Fleury stayed locked in all game long.
With the Penguins under constant assault - they were outshot 16-5 in the first period and were shorthanded 29 seconds into the second period of a scoreless game - the Penguins grabbed a 1-0 lead on Matt Cullen's goal, and the doubt had to be creeping into the Capitals' minds.
Because of that disadvantage at center, Olczyk also noted that Washington needed more than Alex Ovechkin (two assists Saturday). He always finds a way to turn it on down the stretch, and this season has been no different. He scored twice and picked up an assist in Game 2, putting him in a tie with Sidney Crosby for second place among playoff scorers with 11 points in seven games. "It's been exciting when those two play each other since the beginning".
The most important part of Carl Hagelin's first game back in the lineup since March 10 may simply have been that it happened.
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