Capitals rally past Penguins in Game 5 to avoid elimination

CORRECTS SPELLING OF CAPITALS IN SECOND SENTENCE Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), from Russian Federation, celebrates scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates, T.J. Oshie (77), John Ca.

“Thats just what we need in these tight games, ” said Andre Burakovsky, who scored the tying goal in the first period and had another good game after replacing Ovechkin as the top-line left winger. His poor puck possession, coupled with a poor Malkin pass and a bad bounce or two, led to the first two Capitals goals of the third period in Game 5.

Trotz said he believes Fleury will continue to play well, and Penguins coach Mike Sullivan had no issues with the veteran's showing in Game 5.

Braden Holtby has been somewhat disappointing in net for the Capitals.

Kuznetsov gave Washington a 3-2 lead when he beat Marc-Andre Fleury from a sharp angle at 7:20 of the third. It was arguably their most dominant period of the series. "We're going to have to play really well to beat them", defenseman Matt Niskanen said. You can see we turn it around, and in the third period, everybody was on the same page. The problem is that with how many shots they bleed every game it doesn't allow Fleury to have an off night.

When it comes down to it, I think the Penguins just have to play better defensively. Unless something changes between now and the beginning of the game, expect Crosby to play. NY has scored first all five games this series.

After Game 1 against Pittsburgh, Kuznetsov told a handful of reporters that Malkin asked him a question on the ice, and since he considers himself a "kind of nice person", Kuznetsov tried to provide an answer in between plays.

Crosby has two goals and two assists in parts of three games in this series.

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The Capitals were able to avoid elimination on Saturday, but doing it again on the road against a team has experienced and talented as the Pittsburgh Penguins is asking too much.

"Game 7 at home". The Penguins went into the second intermission with a lead having won 37 of 39 games in that spot during the regular season and all six in the playoffs. Thanks to tallies from Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel-not to mention any emotional lift provided by the simultaneous returns of Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary from concussions-Pittsburgh simply needed to do what it had previously done six other times without fail this postseason: take a lead into the third period, keep it, and celebrate.

Ottawa erased its early deficit, pulling within one late in the first and scoring 33 seconds apart in the second to take a 3-2 lead on Pyatt's goal at 8:50. On the long list of playoff failures for the Capitals, I'd argue that this series is at the bottom of the list - sometimes you run into a white-hot goalie and there just isn't a great answer in a short series.

"I was around them after the fact", the coach said.

The Capitals have preached owning the big moments, but at times in the first 40 minutes, Washington didn't even seem aware it was in the middle of one. But in the Capitals' first-round series against the Maple Leafs this postseason, Kuznetsov had the unenviable task of going head-to-head with Toronto star rookie center Auston Matthews.

"Holts came up huge", said Lars Eller, who registered two assists.