Malkin ruled out for Game 2 vs. Washington

Malkin ruled out for Game 2 vs. Washington

As has been said no less than a thousand times heading into this post-season series between the two teams, Pittsburgh has a ideal record across the three meetings between the Crosby-led Penguins and Ovechkin-led Capitals in the playoffs.

"You can see what happen last game when we get the lead 2-0 and they come back and win the game", said Alex Ovechkin, who scored his seventh goal of the playoffs.

But after mounting another two-goal lead and this time building on it instead of blowing it, the Washington Capitals made sure it wasn't close enough for one questionable call either way to make a difference.

The Capitals are still up, 3-0.

Grabbing the win in game two was Braden Holtby, who stopped 32 of the 33 shots that he faced to improve to 34-32 with a 1.99 GAA and a.932 save percentage in the playoffs in his career, including 5-2 with a 1.95 GAA and a.932 save percentage this year. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays.

Wilson said after the game he watched replays and didn't know what he could have done to avoid hitting Dumoulin's head. Ovechkin did register a goal and an assist in the series opener and will need to continue to produce in order for the Capitals to have a shot in this series.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have really had the number of the Capitals the last few years, especially in the postseason, but sometimes the breaks don't always go our way.

It is, however, worth noting the Penguins scored their lone goal on a four-on-four. If he struggles again in Game 2, the Capitals could end up flipping back to Phil Grubauer.

The call on the ice was no-goal and after a lengthy review it was determined that there was no conclusive evidence to overturn the call. The Penguins' streak of road playoff victories ended at six. "Any time you have a goaltender who's playing well in this sport, it gives your team confidence".

After scoring five goals or more in each of their four wins over the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, the Penguins needed three goals to take down Washington in Game 1.

The home team now leads, 3-0. All three Capitals goals in Game Two through two periods have beat Murray glove side. "If I play, if I'm ready, I'm ready first shift".

The Ovechkin-Crosby storyline is destined to be headline material every single time these two teams square off, of course, as any meeting between the Capitals and Penguins offers up a head-to-head between the two brightest lights of the post-lockout era, a fight for supremacy among two of the game's all-time superstars. Guentzel meanwhile leads the Penguins with 17 playoff points. Less than two minutes into the game, Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov and Hornqvist raced for a puck that had slid into Pittsburgh's zone. Through 89 regular season matches, 50 of its games have gone over the total, while 37 have gone under and just two have pushed.

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