After dropping three games, the Capitals regained some much-needed momentum with their 3-1 victory over the Penguins on Saturday night.
With making the postseason every year since 2008 without a Stanley Cup appearance, the President’s Trophy winners have long been ridiculed for their lack of postseason success. The trend looked to be continuing with Pittsburgh only needing a fourth victory to advance to the conference finals. The Caps found themselves in a do-or-die situation, but did not go down without a fight.
Washington struck first four minutes into the game with a power-play goal from Alex Ovechkin. The goal was Ovetchkin’s fifth of the postseason. T.J. Oshle was given the assist.
The Penguins were able to answer quickly just three minutes later with a power play goal from Chris Kunitz . Assists came from Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel. However, it would be the last time that Pittsburgh knocked on Washington’s door for the rest of the game.
The Capitals were able to shut down the Penguins’ offense for the final 52 minutes. The Penguins tallied 31 shots but were unable to land one in the net. After a scoreless second period, the Caps added two more goals in the third period; Oshle scored a power-play goal with 16 minutes left (assist from Ovetchkin & John Carlson), and about six minutes later Justin Williams added an unassisted wrist shot.
With the victory, game six will take place on Tuesday night at 8:00 pm in Pittsburgh. Once again, the Caps will have their backs against the wall and need another win to force game seven. So far in the series the Caps are 0-2 at the Consol Energy Center, so it’ll be critical for the Caps to stay under control in a hostile environment.