Caps Not Done Yet, Back to Pittsburgh 

The Capitals brought the second round back to DC and extended the series to a sixth game with a great win! 
Head coach Barry Trotz shuffled up the forward lines: Evgeny Kuznetsov moved up to the first line with Alex Ovechkin and T.J.Oshie (a.k.a TKO line); Andre Burakovsky, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson formed the All-Swede second line; and Justin Williams started on the third line with Jason Chimera and Mike Richards.
And it worked! 
The first period was powerful as the Capitals and the Penguins came out flying. Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals had come to show they are not done yet. Ovechkin only needed eight seconds on the Capitals’ first power play and the first shot to score the first goal of the night. When scoring first, the Capitals are 4-1. 
Nicklas Backstrom took an interference penalty open in the door for Chris Kunitz to score on the rebound on the following Penguins power play. It was not just Ovechkin who got scoring chances, the rest of the guys in red were peppering Matt Murray with shots. The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period.
The Capitals started the second firing- literally Ovechkin almost had his second of the night in the opening seconds of the period. Ian Cole went to the box and T.J. Oshie hit the crossbar but he collected the rebound of an Ovechkin shot and gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead. 
About halfway through the period, Justin Williams took advantage of a Penguins mistake and he put one right in Murray’s five-hole, 3-1 Caps. The“Holtbeast” made some incredible super human saves late in the second to keep the 3-1 lead. 
The Caps maintained their two-goal lead throughout the third period despite the Pens pulling goaltender Matt Murray with over three minutes left in the period. The Caps held the Penguins from even getting a shot on goal and secured the win to force a game 6 back in Pittsburgh. 
Game 7, should the Caps have success in Pittsburgh will be in DC on Thursday. Caps should hold practice Monday at Kettler. We’ll keep you posted. 
Three Stars of the night: Holtby, Ovi, and Oshie. Go Caps!

Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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