Both teams have looked completely different when playing from behind.
Saying "take fewer penalties" is about as profound as saying "score more than the Penguins", but for the Caps they need to need to be as disciplined as possible not just to avoid giving up power plays, but also so they can avoid going 4-on-4. "We can talk about it all we want as far as not playing the way we need to to win games". Memories of past game sevens against Pittsburgh come up like acid reflux.
The Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals have been business-like, gritty and determined since falling behind 2-0 in the series.
The Caps played extremely well in all areas of the game in Monday's Game 6 victory.
"I thought he was solid", Sullivan said. So, Game 7 at home. "We've been out-chancing them nearly every game and he's been saving them". You're not going to win every one.
Then turn to Matt Cullen.
Watching Crosby, days after a major head injury, get slammed with the weight of hundreds of pounds into a hard surface, my only hope was that the National Hockey League would treat the situation like the major issue that it is.
"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.
I just think thats something you have to do now in the playoffs, Burakovsky said. "We have experience with this". We chalk it up as a missed opportunity.
#2 - The Penguins have a long history of tormenting the Capitals. It wasn't quite the first period we wanted, but the last 40 [minutes] were really good for us. "We're going to have to push them out".More news: Russian Federation downplays President Trump's firing of FBI Director Comey
- Only 44 active players have scored more than one career goal in a Game 7, and Bryan Rust is one of them.
The Capitals haven't been to the Eastern Conference finals in 19 years. That sentence may be true of the first four games of the series, but it was not of the last two. He reunited the "HBK" line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel that worked so well during last spring's Cup run and the trio responded by generating one shot on goal. In the losses, Fleury best save percentage came in game 3 when he posted a 90.9 save percentage. The Austrian winger has scored three goals and added an assist.
Through six games, the Capitals have out-shot Pittsburgh 200-134.
The Capitals dominated the Penguins so thoroughly that Pittsburgh only had nine shots on goal after 40 minutes.
THE SERIES: Tied, 3-3.
For a player with Sidney Crosby's concussion history, it raised some eyebrows when Crosby went headfirst into the boards in the first period Monday against the Capitals, and returned afterwards. Yet everyone in the world saw Crosby go into the boards.
Hours away from Pittsburgh and Washington colliding in the seventh and deciding game of their second-round National Hockey League playoff series, people are still talking about the health of Sidney Crosby. The Penguins forward leads all scorers with 18 points and when Crosby went down with an injury in Game 3 nearly singlehandedly carried the Penguins to victory. He led the Penguins past Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals previous year. So, much of the next 48 hours in Washington could be filled with angst, because what could be more "Caps" than clawing back from a 3-1 deficit in the series to force a seventh game on home ice - only to lose it?
"It wasn't like a hard shot, you would think a routine stop, just trickled and found its way", he said. "That can wear teams down, but overall as a group, no, I don't think we're exhausted". Burakovsky then rifled a shot past Fleury at 12:29 for 5-0.
It wasn't just the Kentucky Derby that brought NBC great ratings Saturday.