After the euphoria of winning game one on T.J. Oshie’s hat-trick, the Capitals were brought down to earth in game two. Getting outshot 28-10 through the first two periods, the Caps were down 1-0 then tied the game up in the third with a Johansson goal. But the Pens did not let up with former Cap Eric Fehr scoring the eventual game winner and stealing a 2-1 victory going back to Pittsburgh.
More Scoring, Consistent Play Needed
The Caps go into game three not only needing more consistent play out their team with more shots on goal but now they will need their defense to buckle down without Brooks Orpik for three games. Dmitri Orlov might get a second chance to prove his worth to the team. Chorney and Weber will also get more play now that they’re down to five d-men .
The second line with Kuznetsov also needs to start delivering the way they did in the regular season.
- Alex Ovechkin has been really physical so far this series but has yet to get on the scoresheet after a game one assist.
- Braden Holtby continues to play well. Despite losing game 2, he stopped 33 shots but has allowed five goals in two games after allowing that many in the entire first round series against the Flyers.
- The Caps are outhitting the Pens in the series 74-50 but have been penalized nine times to the Pens six.
- T.J. Oshie has three goals, Burakovsky and Johansson have one goal each.
Keeping the Pressure On
The Penguins got the Caps right where they want them. After getting 80 shots on them in the first two games, they’ve been able to control the flow of play. Going home, they have tilted home ice their way. Also the play of rookie netminder Matt Murray while Marc-Andre Fleury recovers from concussion symptoms has to be one of the biggest stories for their playoff run thus far. In the 2016 playoffs, he’s 4-1 with a 1.74 GAA.
- While Ovechkin struggles offensively, so has Sidney Crosby. In two games, he has four shots and a -3.
- The Pens scoring has been spread out with Lovejoy, Malkin, Hagland, Bonino and Fehr each tallying goals.
- Outshooting the Caps 80-59, the Pens have controlled both games with the Caps starting to take control in the third periods.
Your starting goaltenders will be Braden Holtby against Matt Murray. Puck drop is at 8 p.m. on NBCSN. ROCK THE RED and GO CAPS!