Capitals rally late to force Game 6 against the Penguins

Posted May 09, 2017

CORRECTS SPELLING OF CAPITALS IN SECOND SENTENCE Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russian Federation, celebrates scoring a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates Tom Wilson (43), Kevin Shattenkirk (22), and Nate Schmidt (88), during the third period of Game 5 in the second-round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin scored 27 seconds apart in the third period as the Washington Capitals avoided elimination by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5.

Washington Capitals' T.J. Oshie (77) celebrates his goal with Alex Ovechkin in the first period of Game 6 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Monday, M.

Despite not having Sidney Crosby in the lineup, the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to pull off a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.

Three goals in five minutes sparked sing-song chants of "FLEU-RY!"

Washington has been heavily outshooting Pittsburgh throughout the clubs' second-round series. Even though shots were 14-12 in favor of Washington, relatively even, the Capitals beat the Penguins at their own game- getting high-danger looks.

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"We are in a desperate position", Ovechkin said.

"I would say just a little bit more zone time", he said. "That's why we practice all summer, that's why we play 82 games for those moments". Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary are back from injury, and Marc-Andre Fleury is still more than solid in net.

Heading into the third period of Game 5, it felt like the season was slipping away for Washington. "Unfortunately we gave up some goals in the process of that".

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"I think none of us were proud of last game".

These lines are fairly similar to the lines of last year's playoffs, especially the 1st and 3rd lines being identical. If Fleury has sprung a leak, the Capitals have the talent from Ovechkin down to make him pay. "We still have a chance", was how Backstrom described the message. So he can't do that this whole series. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays.

"I thought all of them responded", Trotz said. "He's made save after save for us". They gave up the first goal four times against the Penguins. "Through out the series I think we've been shooting too much, and I think we were patient that way". The Capitals will try to push the series to seven games with another win Monday night, but it seems history isn't on their side.

Hagelin and Kessel scored in the Penguins' Game 5 loss.

"Just like all players, you grow into certain roles with your team", Trotz said.

"We talked about winning the first game and then going to Pittsburgh and win another game", he said. He lamented some struggles for his line, but expressed no concerns about his health. "There were some chances there". "We're going to have to be the best team in the league if we're going to win this series". The Penguins were 0 for 3.

We might have the first eliminations of the second round later today.

The Capitals have spent the better part of the season insisting this time, things will be different.

Then Kuznetsov's National Hockey League debut with the Capitals came against the Penguins, and even three years later, he smiles while recalling the thrill of being on the ice at the same as countryman Malkin. The Predators will face either the Anaheim Ducks or Edmonton Oilers for the right to come out of the West.