Guentzel powers Penguins past Caps, Predators down Jets
- Author: Stacy Allen May 05, 2018,
May 05, 2018, 1:26
In contrast, Penguins goalie Matt Murray has a 2.48 goals-against average and.906 save percentage but has had four starts already in the playoffs where his save percentage was less than.900. T.J. Oshie scored for Washington, but Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was held without a shot on goal for just the third time in 107 career playoff games.
"It's like we played Game 7 tonight", said Malkin, who scored from his belly late in the second period to put Pittsburgh in front to stay. Braden Holtby finished with 19 saves.
In the second period, Wilson delivered a check that made contact with Aston-Reese's head and sent the Penguins player face-down to the ice with what was later diagnosed as a broken jaw and a concussion, according to coach Mike Sullivan.
The crowd's excitement rose and fell with each replay, but certain angles that we don't have on TV definitively showed that the puck was over the red line for a good goal. "He's stepped into a very big role for us and done a great job and we miss him, but we're gonna have to do a job here without him".
Maybe, but the chippiness that has come to define a rivalry that's equal parts heated and one-sided - the Penguins have won nine of 10 playoff meetings with Washington - ramped up in Game 3 with Wilson once again in the middle of it.
"A deflected puck", says Holtby, in recounting the game-winner and the reasoning behind the review, "It was on top of my pad, and [Pens winger Patric] Hornqvist was whacking my pad, not even close to the puck".
"We'll prepare like we always do".
Guentzel added his second on another power play on the empty net with 58 seconds remaining after the Capitals were penalized for too many men on the ice. Smith-Pelly lost his handle on the puck in the offensive zone a couple of times. The Jets wouldn't score in the period, making it the first time they've been held scoreless through two periods in the playoffs. Dominik Simon's shot in the slot was blocked by Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen, but Guentzel got the puck and scored near the right post.
Plenty of work remains to be done for Washington to shrug off the weight of its ignominious history and for the Penguins to push their bid for a three-peat to the next round. Nicklas Backstrom was skating on the right flank on that play, near the Penguins' net.
"Nick doesn't really surprise me about where he can put the puck these days", Oshie said. The Pens were 2-of-4 on the power play.
The sequence began with the Penguins on the power play, working the puck around the offensive zone. A review resulted in a goal call, and a challenge from the Capitals on goaltender interference was not upheld.