Capitals overwhelm Penguins to force Game 7

May 9, 2017
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PITTSBURGH — Andre Burakovsky scored twice, Nicklas Backstrom got his sixth of the playoffsWe want McDavid-Crosby in the playoffs. Read more ... » and the WashingtonNew York Giants keep it together in defeating Washington. Read more ... » Capitals beatPanthers beat Senators, run win streak to 11. Read more ... » the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday3 things to know for Monday night in the NHL. Read more ... » nightHow Canadian NHL teams fared last night. Read more ... » to forceIt's do-or-die again for Raptors as Heat force Game 7. Read more ... » a GameCanucks' Miller in goal for must-win Game 5. Read more ... » 7 in their taut Eastern Conference semifinal.

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Jake Guentzel picked up his playoffNFL playoff picture: Patriots capitalize on losses by Bengals and Broncos to reclaim top seed in AFC. Read more ... »-leading ninth goalCanucks' Miller in goal for must-win Game 5. Read more ... » and Evgeni Malkin added anotherFleury getting another shot. Read more ... » 52 seconds later lateFormer Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf happy to be playing in late May. Read more ... » in the third period to make the score lookBlackhawks don't look like last year's Cup champs. Read more ... » cosmetically better, but the Penguins were neverIt's now or never for Flames, Rangers. Read more ... » in it. The Capitals controlled playCanucks' Burrows injured, will not play in Game 4. Read more ... » throughout. Marc-Andre FleuryFleury getting another shot. Read more ... » finished with 21 saves and received little help in front him.

This is the fourthPageau's fourth goal is overtime winner for Senators. Read more ... » time the Penguins and Capitals will meet in a Game 7. Pittsburgh has won each of the three previous deciding gamesHalak gets 2nd shutout in 3 games, Islanders beat Flames 4-0. Read more ... », the last in 2009 in Washington on its way to the StanleyCBC to carry Stanley Cup final. Read more ... » CupLeaving a champion: Players who retired after winning Stanley Cup. Read more ... ».

The Capitals appeared on the verge of another unceremonious exit at the hands of the Penguins going into the third period of Game 5. The Presidents’ Trophy6 top candidates for Conn Smythe Trophy. Read more ... » winners responded with a three-goal barrage overCavaliers use role players to roll over Bulls. Read more ... » the finalCBC to carry Stanley Cup final. Read more ... » 20 minutes that extended their seasonMcDavid returns to Oilers lineup as NHL season resumes. Read more ... ».

The momentum carried over two days later and 250 miles northwest. Washington systematically dismantled the defending Stanley Cup champions, who looked listless as they struggled to generate any kind of sustained pressure.

Pittsburgh coachCapitals coach Barry Trotz likens young Leafs to Gretzky-era Oilers. Read more ... » Mike Sullivan tinkered with his lines after'Matt Martin's dead': Fighting words after Canucks-Leafs. Read more ... » Game 5, reuniting the “HBK” line (Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and PhilBurnside: It's hard to believe Phil Kessel is not on the roster. Read more ... » KesselBurnside: It's hard to believe Phil Kessel is not on the roster. Read more ... ») that playedOvechkin played with injury, needed injections. Read more ... » an instrumental part in the teamLame blame game for Team USA at World Cup. Read more ... »’s Cup run last spring. Sullivan also moved rookie Guentzel alongside Malkin and put Conor Sheary with Crosby.

Crosby was a nonfactor for a secondPenguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury suffers second concussion of season. Read more ... » straight game after sitting out Game 4 with a concussionDevils' Moore to IR, has concussion from hit. Read more ... ». He took a nasty spill in the firstCanadians dominate Russians to get first women's world hockey win. Read more ... » period when he was slammed into the end boards head-first while he tangled with Carlson. He remained in the game but found little room to work.

Then againIt's do-or-die again for Raptors as Heat force Game 7. Read more ... », neither did any of his teammates as Washington dominated on both ends of the ice. Pittsburgh’s first shotFleury getting another shot. Read more ... » in the opening 17 minutes was a 136-footAvs' MacKinnon out 6-8 weeks with broken foot. Read more ... » flip by Brian Dumoulin that made its way to Holtby. By then the Capitals already had a 1Raptors lose a sloppy one to Suns to close out 2016. Read more ... »-02017 NHL trade deadline tracker: Details and analysis. Read more ... » leadSay what?! Blue Jackets lead NHL in wins. Read more ... » on Oshie’s shot fromHawks eke out Game 5 victory, one win away from Stanley Cup: Arthur. Read more ... » the right circle on the powerPower Rankings: Penguins, Ducks, Predators pace playoff pack. Read more ... » play.

It wasn’t unlike most of the first four games of the series, when Washington would control play for long stretches only to have Pittsburgh expertly counterpunch on its way to a 3-1 series lead.

This time, there would be no response by the Penguins. Pittsburgh had trouble executing even the simplest of plays. Defenceman Ron Hainsey went to boards to retrieve a loose puck in the Penguins end only to get checked by Burakovsky, who skated awayHawks eke out Game 5 victory, one win away from Stanley Cup: Arthur. Read more ... » with the puck and stuffed a shot pastWhat have past teams done with a 9-1 start?. Read more ... » Fleury 6:36 into the second.

Holding two-goal leadsLeafs prospect Kapanen leads Finland to world junior gold. Read more ... » in the post-season has been a tenuous proposition at best, with 13 times teamsWhat have past teams done with a 9-1 start?. Read more ... » letting them away so far in the post-season.

Yet instead of simply trying to protect its advantage, Washington kept pressing. Backstrom flipped a wrist shot by Fleury 16 seconds into the third to make it 3-0 and when Carlson fired on past Fleury 11:17 into the third, the arena began emptying out, perhaps for the last time this season.

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