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Changes Will Be Made In Pittsburgh

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

As players cleaned out their lockers two days after their three-peat bid ended with a Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals in the second round of the playoffs, Rutherford said Wednesday that his team's roster will look different in the fall.

“I think it's obvious that I'm going to keep an open mind to making some changes, and I will make some changes,” Rutherford said. “I can't give you a definite answer on who that's going to be right now and exactly the positions, but we're a good team, and we will be a good team going forward. We'll have a chance to win again. We have the nucleus to do that.”...

“We also have the pieces in place that are players that other teams are going to want, that we're going to be able to make those changes,” Rutherford said. “Sometimes you don't always have those players for cap reasons or for different reasons. I think it's fair to say this will be a different-looking team by the time we open next season. It doesn't mean there's going to be drastic changes or a lot of changes, but there will be changes in areas that will become necessary.”

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Videos- The Washington Capitals Finally Beat The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post,

 It was one play in one moment as 10 p.m. approached on a Monday night in May, but when the puck landed on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick and he took a powerful stride to the goal, decades rode with him. Tell us the teams in our town aren’t intertwined with their fates. Point out that one version of the Washington Capitals has nothing to do with those that came before it.

“I never focus on the history,” Kuznetsov said.

And yet there it was, on his stick blade. So much history. For the Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, a nemesis if there ever was one. For the man who found Kuznetsov open in the middle of the ice, Alex Ovechkin. For Washington as a sports town, questioning belief and commitment and whether hope was sustainable — or even worth it.

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from Dave Allen of D.C. Sports Bog at the Washington Post,

As Evgeny Kuznetsov skated in on Penguins goalie Matt Murray with a step on the two defenders giving chase more than five minutes into overtime on Monday, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had just one thought.

“Please score,” a smiling Ovechkin, who was speaking for every Capitals fan and had sprung his countryman on the breakaway with a pass off a Pittsburgh turnover, told NBC Sports Network’s Pierre McGuire when asked what was going through his mind. “Just f—— please score.”

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End Of The Line For The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

“Finally! We finally beat the Penguins.”

— Alex Ovechkin

His eyes rocked red by tears of joy, the greatest goal scorer of his generation seemed somewhat at a loss for words on the biggest hockey night of his life. Alex Ovechkin pondered whether fate deemed it necessary his Capitals go through the Penguins or possibly never go to the Eastern Conference final.

“Yeah,” Ovechkin said.

With that one word, Ovechkin said it all.

Yeah, it had to be the Penguins — they of the back-to-back Stanley Cup wins; they of three summers with Stanley in Pittsburgh since Ovechkin entered the NHL; they of ritualistic torturing of players, fans and anybody connected to Washington's hockey franchise — standing between the Capitals and that long sought next level. Had it been any other opponent the Capitals ousted, it would have been any other Monday night in the hockey world.

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

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Late Evening Line- Sidney Crosby

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The Washington Capitals Have Eliminated The Pittsburgh Penguins From The Stanley Cup Playoffs

In overtime, the Capitals defeated the Penguins 2-1.  Washington wins the series 4-2

Next up the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final.

added 10:05pm, game winning OT goal is below...

added 10:17pm, handshakes below.

added 10:38pm, game highlights now below...

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The Battle Tonight Between The Washington Capitals And Pittsburgh Penguins

from Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

First, the odds: Teams that have won Game 5 have won 78.9 percent of the best-of-seven series in the Stanley Cup playoffs, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

With a 3-2 lead going into Game 6 on Monday night, the Capitals are positioned to eliminate the Penguins, end their quest to three-peat as Stanley Cup champions and make for an uncomfortable scene in the handshake line at PPG Paints Arena.

Now, the history. When it comes to hockey, Washington has been our whipping boy.

Penguins fans have taken great delight in watching the Capitals win the Metropolitan Division, only to lose to the Penguins in the playoffs. To win the three Cup championships in the Sidney Crosby-Alex Ovechkin era, the Penguins have gone through the Capitals all three times.

That should serve as all of the motivation Washington needs to reverse its curse, which is why Capitals coach Barry Trotz preferred to savor the 6-3 victory Saturday night instead of talking about the chance to clinch.

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Bottom Line Is The Pittsburgh Penguins Need A Win

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

They’re facing elimination in a non-Game 7 environment for the first time since the 2016 Eastern Conference final against Tampa. That, too, featured a pair of blown leads in Game 5 that necessitated back-to-back wins.

If the Penguins hope to top the Capitals for the 10th time in 11 postseason tries, they know they’ll need to bring much of what they did Saturday, clean up their mistakes and probably dial up the intensity a few more notches.

“We've done it before,” Dumoulin said. “We know we’ve got it in this group. We're going back home. We’ve been good at home all year. We win one game there, come back here and play a Game 7. That’s nothing new to us, nothing we’re afraid of. We’ve just got to bring our best effort again in Game 6.”

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Video- Game Highlights Washington/Pittsburgh

Caps defeated the Pens 6-3 (2 eng late).

Penguins will face elimination in Pittsburgh on Monday.

 

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Morning Line- Rob Rossi

Before, throughout and after Game 4 against their nemesis, the Capitals behaved nothing like the hockey club they insist they have become. And with a 3-1 loss to the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday night, the big question remains unanswered for these Capitals.

Why will this time be any different?

For the first time in this series, I do not think it will be different for the Capitals. Physically, they are up to the enormous challenge of casting aside the two-time champions. Emotionally, they aren't ready to ruin the Penguins' postseason.

-Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review where you can read more on this topic.

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Video- Pittsburgh Penguins Even Series At Two Games

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 Washington Capitals 1

Puck drop in Washington on Saturday is just after 7:00pm ET.

 

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