"It's right where we want it right now", veteran center Nicklas Backstrom said.
The Penguins have four players from the '09 Cup champions - Fleury, Crosby, Kunitz and center Evgeni Malkin - in their lineup.
The Steel City crowd, of course, wasn't completely dead - and neither were the Pens - in the waning minutes of the contest, when Pittsburgh capitalized on some busted coverage from (a comfortable?) Caps defense during a 4-on-4 with two late scores. He has suffered four reported concussions during his career, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We have a great team".
He did not come out of Game 6 on Monday night. "If we play how we can, 100 percent, we can win". First period is really important.
As far as offense generated at even-strength both Ruhwedel and Daley have identical 0.85 points per 60 while Streit is at 0.59. The third was on a power play created by one of six Capitals offensive-zone penalties in the game.
After, the period ended, Crosby was evaluated for a concussion - if you believe him.
Kennedy went on to talk about the way the team handled Crosby after the hit and how he thinks team doctor's should handle a player in Sid's situation.
"But you have to give Washington credit as well".
"We're just trying to shoot where there is open spot", Kuznetsov said. Last Monday night, he took a cross-check to the head from Washington's Matt Niskanen and missed Wednesday's game. Just as troubling as the lack of pucks they've sent Holtby's way over the last two games is where those pucks have come from.More news: Energy shares lead Asian stock losses as oil falls under $45
Sure, it didn't help that the third and fourth lines didn't chip in offensively, either. "I just think with this group that I've been with, our Game 7s have been pretty solid".
"We weren't getting the results we wanted and guys were squeezing the stick a little bit tighter", Washington defenseman John Carlson said.
Fleury is going to have come up big against the NHL's most unsafe offense one more time and the blue line will have to learn from its Game 6 mistakes and be more careful with the puck. Andre Burakovsky stripped the puck from Ron Hainsey along the boards and walked in on Marc-Andre Fleury, beating him with a patient shot from in close that squeaked through the netminder's arm and into the net for a 2-0 Washington lead - the only goal of the night that didn't beat Fleury high-glove.
"I felt good", Crosby said.
Daly also told USA Today that concussion history is not "taken into account" by spotters when deciding whether or not to remove a player from a game.
Of course, the pressure is on the Capitals to overcome past playoff failures. In addition, Pittsburgh is 5-0 alltime in road Game 7s.
"Obviously there's more at stake when it's the final game", said Carlyle, who won the Cup in 2007 but hasn't won a Game 7 since 2006.
Washington can counter with "Mr". And even that didn't work because they ended up losing the next game despite Crosby not playing. Since then, he's allowed two goals each in Games 5 and 6. Ottawa leads the best-of-seven series 3-2.
"These are the games that you live to play in", Sullivan said. All things are equal here. Neither team is backing down physically, which should lead to some bone crushing hits in Game 7.