“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part III
Yes Caps fans, they’ve done it again. Just when a lot of our friends were accepting the end, the Capitals rose up and took Game 5 off Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams goals en route to a 3-1 win. They’re right back in the series and can tie it up with another win Tuesday night, potentially setting up a Game 7 at Verizon Center Thursday.
Don’t Stop Believing
The Capitals are ready to believe. They looked like the Caps that dominated the regular season on Saturday. The one-game-at-a-time approach with the experience of Justin Williams and Mike Richards, are keeping the Caps from falling over the edge. If they can continue to play the way they did in Game 5, they’ll send this series back to D.C.
The only thing they need to tweak is letting up so many shots. When they had the two goal lead, Trotz changed to defensive style hockey resulting in a ton of shots from the Pens on Holtby. The Caps need to keep the crowd muted in Pittsburgh and just play their game. Scoring first always helps as well.
- Power Surge! The Capitals netted two power play goals from Ovechkin and Oshie to go two for five in the game.
- The Caps played their best second period of the series, netting two goals on Saturday.
- Alex Ovechkin amped his game up and scored a goal and an assist.
- Braden Holtby-went to another level, saving 30 shots for a .968 save percentage. They’ll need more of the same in Game 6.
- Brooks Orpik will be back in the lineup Tuesday after serving a three-game suspension. He will definitely boost the Caps lineup and bring stability on the backside.
- Based on Monday’s practice it looks like Trotz may go with Taylor Chorney instead of Nate Schmidt for Game 6 meaning Schmidt will sit out, and
- Kuzy and Backstrom remain on Saturday’s lines, Kuzy on the top line, Backstrom second line.
Goalie Change? Not a Chance
The Penguins were being rumored by many media outlets, including ESPN, that a goalie change may be on the way for game 6. Not a chance, according to Pens coach Mike Sullivan. Murray has started eight straight playoff games, going 6-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average. Fleury will continue to be the back up. He hasn’t played since suffering a concussion on March 31. To win game six the Pens will need urgency, something they did not have on Saturday.
- Olli Maatta was included in the morning skate Monday and will be a game time decision according to Coach Sullivan.
- Sidney Crosby continues to struggle in this series with only two assists–could this be his breakout game?
- Evgeny Malkin has also been very quiet with a goal and assist .
Starting goaltenders will be…Braden Holtby Vs. Matt Murray. Puck drop is at 8 p.m.
ROCK THE RED and bring the series back to Verizon Center!