Crosby scores twice, Bonino has winner as Pens beat Caps

Crosby scores twice, Bonino has winner as Pens beat Caps

Crosby scores twice, Bonino has winner as Pens beat Caps

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russian Federation, chases the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72), of Sweden, during Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, .

Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Bonino had the victor in the third period and Fleury made dazzling saves with and without his stick, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Thursday night in Game 1 of their highly anticipated second-round series.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71), of Russian Federation, skates with the puck against Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington.

With the Penguins under constant assault - they were outshot 16-5 in the first period and were shorthanded 29 seconds into the second period of a scoreless game - the Penguins grabbed a 1-0 lead on Matt Cullen's goal, and the doubt had to be creeping into the Capitals' minds.

Wearing a blue baseball hat instead of a hockey mask, sitting on the Washington Capitals bench instead of guarding their net, Vezina Trophy victor Braden Holtby shook his head as his replacement settled into the crease.

Yet the Penguins have scored nine goals, compared to four for the Capitals. He now has seven goals in seven games this postseason.

When Kessel scored a power-play goal to make it 4-1 only 2:19 into the third period, the game was pretty much over. "I think we've learned to go forward". "I was on a cloud and it's a moment I'll never forget". Fleury has allowed four goals on 71 shots (0.944 save percentage).

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"Yes, absolutely, why would you think otherwise?" But when Washington went to first intermission with the game tied at 0-0, frustration allowed them to unravel over the next 40 minutes. But he has not been as good as usual in these playoffs, compiling a.911 save percentage and 2.62 goals-against average. "When we get those chances, we bear down and those are key goals for us".

"We probably should stop giving up breakaways and two-on-ones and help him out a little bit", defenseman Brooks Orpik told the Post following the loss. "No, we'd prefer not to", he said. That third goal [in Game 2], that's a big moment. Two shots and roughly three minutes later, Jake Guentzel lifted the Penguins to a two-goal lead going into the third period. Michael Grabner, Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan also scored and Lundqvist stopped 28 shots. "When teams want to play an aggressive game against us, there's risk reward and so when we get high quality opportunities, that's when we believe our quick strike capability is at its best". The Bruins went 18-8-1 after Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on February 7, a run that allowed them to make the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) celebrates his goal with Olli Maatta (3), of Finland, Tom Kuhnhackl (34), of Germany, and Ron Hainsey (65) as Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates away during the.

Devils win draft lottery • The New Jersey Devils bucked the National Hockey League lottery odds, and lady luck wasn't with Las Vegas.

New Jersey won the draft lottery, vaulting four teams including last-place Colorado and expansion Vegas for the right to the first pick in the June 23-24 draft in Chicago.

Well, the Flyers got some needed payback Saturday night in Toronto at the 2017 draft lottery.

Colorado entered with the best odds to win, 18 percent, but fell three spots and will select fourth.

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