Chants of "Holt-by, Holt-by" came from the surprisingly loud swaths of Penguins fans in the upper deck, serenading the Washington goaltender who until then had allowed two goals on 10 shots.
"I'm always trying to pick up some good stuff from players I like", Kuznetsov said. Shattenkirk said the Capitals had to read and react instead of overthinking.
Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20), from Denmark, celebrates as teammate Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russian Federation, scores a goal as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and teammates Olli Maatta (3), from Finland, . That might have - ahem - ruffled some of the Penguins' feathers, but it was his way of announcing his presence in a series in which he has been impossible to miss.
Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9), from Russian Federation, goalie Braden Holtby (70), defend as Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel (81) moves in during the first period of Game 5 in the second-round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Washington. With players due pay raises and salary-cap constraints looming this summer, this playoff run is the last for the best team to surround Ovechkin, and the window is closing for the 31-year-old to win a Stanley Cup.
In Game 6, Crosby was largely anonymous before assisting on Guentzel's goal. His play has started to mirror that of the players he has long admired. They won Game 4 without Sidney Crosby, but even getting him back in Game 5 wasn't enough to eliminate the Capitals. He's clearly fought through it, and in doing so he might be helping his team do the same thing. But with the slightest bit of trepidation, I say it has to happen tonight to happen at all. "If we keep just pounding pucks. he's going to get exhausted". I mean, we're a team that has fun and makes plays.
A year ago, Kuznetsov struggled under the spotlight.
Kuznetsov got to a loose puck down low and scored from a tight angle to give the Capitals the lead.
The Rangers, who trailed for only 4:11 in the first four games of the series, then grabbed hold of another lead with two goals in 66 seconds.
He has relished those tough matchups this season. "Obviously, when we have an opportunity to go to the net and stay in the zone around the net, it's hard to keep up with us because we have big bodies and heavy weight, so we just have to use it". Most importantly, though, Kunitz hasn't been on the ice for one even-strength goal allowed in the series.
Derick Brassard tied the score with 1:26 left in the third period for the Senators. I was hoping to get some scoring out of Burakovsky; we got that. Brian Dumoulin, who has been playing over twenty minutes per game, is most likely playing hurt. You've got to look for lanes. After all, the Penguins really, really don't want this series going to seven games. I don't feel good about those chances. Indeed, he loves putting on a show, whether it be through his dazzling passes, his kooky goal celebrations or his entertaining interviews with media.
TURRIS TIME: Ottawa Senators Game 5 star Kyle Turris became the seventh player in National Hockey League history to score three overtime winners in his first 40 Stanley Cup playoff games.