Brett Connolly scores on breakaway for first career playoff goal

Brett Connolly scores on breakaway for first career playoff goal

Wilson's shoulder then slammed into Dumoulin's head, sending him flat down on the ice.

"They're not going to give up and they're not going to give easy play for us". His sidekick, Jake Guentzel, who entered the night with seven goals in seven postseason games, was quiet and had just two shots.

Injured star Evgeni Malkin was out of the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup for Game 2 of their second-round series against the Washington Capitals. As it stands, the series will instead migrate to Pittsburgh knotted at one game apiece. Pittsburgh's top line carried them in the series opener but they could be even more risky offensively if Malkin returns to the lineup for Game 2. In the postseason, the club is up to an average of 36.7 shots on goal (and up to 3.7 goals per game). It was their first road loss of the playoffs after winning their first four away from home.

But what's often overlooked when revisiting past meetings between the two teams and the constant reminder that Ovechkin and his Capitals have had a great difficulty in ousting Crosby and his Penguins from the post-season is that very little of the blame for that could or should fall on Ovechkin. With Crosby and Malkin on the team, the Penguins have never lost a playoff series in which they took a two-games-to-none lead.

Ideally, Trotz wants the Capitals to play with the lead the same way they do to get it: Move the puck quickly, make good decisions, defend hard and maintain solid positioning. He later was diagnosed with a concussion, and not only would he play just once more that season, but he was limited to 58 games over the next two seasons.

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But officials on the ice weren't near the net and couldn't get a good look to see if the puck fully crossed the goal line.

Wilsonsaid after the game that the play was unintentional. "He's a guy that doesn't get rattled by too much and his poise and ability in those pressure situations is something that's made him successful at this level". His adversary Matt Murray, though he has allowed three first-period goals, has also made timely saves, especially late in games (most notably Game 1). That included on a power-play goal by Jakub Vrana in the first period, which occurred a few seconds after Washington forward Brett Connolly had taken a swipe at Murray in the crease. Kuznetsov has 32 goals and 60 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 54 games. "That was the first point of contact", Sidney Crosby added. Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan did not have an update on his status after Game 2.

In real time, it was a near-impossible call to make.

The defense looked strong and helped accompany the red-hot goal tending and solid offensive contribution to help square up the series at 1-1. It was 3-1 for over 26 minutes equating to almost half the game. "How I always said". "I've watched it briefly and I don't realize what I can really do any different". I'm just skating straight.