So it was nice to get a goal today and an assist for Nicky. "I think that's what they were tonight". It started with Nicklas Backstrom's game-tying goal less than three minutes into the third, was followed up by Evgeny Kuznetsov's go-ahead goal four and a half minutes later and capped off 20 seconds after that when Alexander Ovechkin made no mistake on a second-chance effort, wiring home an insurance marker.
Crosby took a regular shift, played on special teams and finished with one assist. On Monday night, he took a cross-check to the head from Washington's Matt Niskanen in Game 3 in Pittsburgh and missed Game 4 Wednesday. "We waited for good shots and it paid off". He was a non-factor for most of the series, and Trotz's staff moved him to the third line for Game 6. Three goals in five minutes and the Capitals had turned the tables on the Penguins, snatching back Game 5 after it appeared set to slip through their fingers.
"Be honest with you, for us I don" t think it matter who going to play with [who] and who going to play against each other", Ovechkin said.
"He's a competitor", defenseman Brian Dumoulin said.
The only team that can play that card is the Washington Capitals.
Best game: Ottawa 5, New York Rangers 4 - For a consolation semifinal, this was one heck of a game.
"It doesn't matter, leaders or not leaders, top six, bottom six", said Evgeny Kuznetsov, who scored the Game 5 victor. There were three lead changes, punches and counter punches, acrobatic saves and near-saves, and the consistently superlative play of Erik Karlsson in a thrilling matinee that pushed the Senators one win from their first conference final in a decade.
"I thought we played a really patient game".
Turris then knocked in the rebound of his own shot through Lundqvist's five-hole to put the Senators one win away from returning to the conference finals for the first time since 2007. Almost 14 years after the Anaheim Ducks drafted them together, they've built a mental connection that remains indelible through any playoff pressure or defensive determination.
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It goes without saying Monday's matchup is the most important game in Capitals' history.
"I thought all of them responded", Trotz said. "It's not going to always go your way", Pyatt said. If the object of the game were to take as many shots as possible without scoring, the Caps would be Stanley Cup champions.
"In the end we know that you need presence at the net", Boucher said.
The Penguins have yet to play their best game and they still lead the series, and they are playing the Presidents' Trophy winners who are quite good at hockey. "The two goals are pretty similar in the sense that we had guys there and the puck went in".
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.
Teams that win Game 5 when a series is tied 2-2 have gone on to win 78.7 per cent of the time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, including a flawless 3-0 in 2017.
"They got a goal there, a huge goal that helped us to get a little more confidence and relieve the pressure a little bit".
The ensuing man advantage was something drawn on a coach's erasable board - a dizzying sequence of passes, every Pittsburgh skater touching the puck at least once, the last one being Phil Kessel, who hammered the puck home on a one-timer from the weak side.