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Pressure still on Caps, but spotlight is on Fleury in Game 6

08 Mai 2017

A year later, the faces in the lineup - save for two very notable exceptions - are largely the same.

But the Penguins were back in the lead a little over four minutes into the second period following a masterful show of passing and vision before Kessel guided a laser beam past Holtby. In beating the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist to put Ottawa up 3-2 in the series, Turris joined Devin Setoguchi, Martin St. Louis, Niclas Wallin, Danny Gare, Rene Robert and Mel Hill in the record books and passed Daniel Alfredsson for the most in franchise history. Penguins goaltender Matt Murray worked out before practice, a positive step as he recovers from a lower-body injury suffered during warm-ups before Game 1 of Pittsburgh's first-round series against Columbus.

Crosby said he was given clearance to play right before the game even though he said he "felt good the last few days".

So when Getzlaf found the puck and a sliver of space on the boards in the second overtime of a crucial playoff game Friday night, Perry's feet moved before his thoughts.

Pittsburgh defenseman Trevor Daley apparently was the only player who got hurt in Game 5.

Fleury stopped 28 shots on Saturday for Pittsburgh who got goals from Carl Hagelin, of Sweden, and American Phil Kessel.

The Capitals captain skated down the ice and shot the puck in the middle of the zone.

Given the explosiveness Washington displayed in the third period, the Penguins will have to do better. Pens fans had endured two recent 3-1 series leads only to lose in Game 7 under the reign of Dan Bylsma and the mind-set of "here we go again" started to creep in.

Too often in the first four games, Washington broke without even bearing much weight.

"He's in the process of rehabbing and we'll just leave it at that", Sullivan said.

So is the chameleon-like evolution of his team, seemingly game to game.

The difference for me when watching from the ice last night was the sound and the seismic measure of Game 5 when compared to the previous bouts. So did an influx of young legs. Only twice during the regular season did Pittsburgh lose when entering the third with a lead. "There's nothing better than playoff hockey".

Despite being ahead in the series, Pittsburgh has been outshot in every game, by an average of 34.8 to 23. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 26 goals on 368 shots faced. The first came on two fine feeds from Erik Karlsson and Clarke MacArthur at 8:17, the latter a fake shot sent cross-ice to Hoffman who buried the shot past Lundqvist. So does the work of the men in front of him. The good thing is, they know they can do it. I live for those type of games, myself.

The examples were everywhere. He earned a promotion to the top line because of his strong play in the series but scored back with the third line on a toe drag that bought him space and a shot that froze Fleury. There was 37-year-old Chris Kunitz backchecking and throwing his body around as if he was a decade younger. As for the Penguins, they've only put 84 pucks on net at 5-on-5, which is far and away the fewest of any team in the second round, especially when you consider the Anaheim Ducks have fired almost twice as many in roughly 27 extra minutes of play. Despite regularly dominating in the regular season and nine playoff appearances in the past 10 seasons, the Capitals haven't reached the Eastern Conference Final once in that time.

Pressure still on Caps, but spotlight is on Fleury in Game 6