Minus Crosby, Penguins edge Capitals 3-2 to take 3-1 lead
- Author: Rosalie Stanley May 09, 2017,
May 09, 2017, 7:52
Oct., 10 2016 - Crosby is diagnosed with a concussion and misses the first six games of the 2016-17 season.
The Pittsburgh star is out for Wednesday's Game 4 while recovering from yet another concussion, this one coming from being cross-checked in the head by Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen in the first period of Washington's 3-2 overtime victory on Monday night. If it doesn't, another incredible regular season will come to an early playoff end.
Fleury did that, stopping 36 shots and outplaying Holtby, who allowed three goals on 18 shots.
The first, as mentioned above, was Marc-Andre Fleury. They turned a pile of Capitals mistakes into a lead they desperately protected, and they can win the series Saturday because of it. "He's our leader, he's a guy that is the face of the organization".
"It's more right now that we have to find an extra way to get an extra goal", Barry Trotz said after Wednesday's 3-2 defeat at PPG Paints Arena. "I thought it was a great team win". "We'll try to win that hockey game, hopefully make them nervous and then come back and win this thing".
The Penguins benefited from an own-goal for a 2-0 lead at 3:51 of the second. Ryan Getzlaf paced the Ducks attack with four points, while Jakob Silfverberg, who fired at Cam Talbot time and again throughout the night, racking up nine shots on goal, scored less than a minute into overtime. He has the ability to drive the power play and has exhibited and penchant for being more productive when Crosby is not in the lineup.
Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist started the scoring in the first period, and teammates Jake Guentzel and Justin Schultz each scored in a four-goal second period, with Schultz's proving to be the victor.
The second goal was all luck, as Jake Guentzel centered a pass towards the front of the net that found Dmitry Orlov's skate and promptly found the net off the redirection. A crucial icing call against the Oilers late in Game 4, not to mention some other linesmen-influenced plays sure to be debated, hardly make this pill easier to swallow.
Outside of that, the Penguins generated few high-grade chances. That's the way they like to play.
When John Carlson got a roughing penalty to put the Penguins on a power play, it gave Justin Schultz the opportunity to get the victor. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power plays.
The Capitals tied it 2-2 with goals 1:12 apart later in the second from Kuznetsov and Schmidt, both from the left circle.
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby will be evaluated on a daily basis going forward. "They were not flawless by any stretch, but I love our compete level".
Justin Schultz scored in a second straight game and Patric Hornqvist picked up his third of the postseason as Pittsburgh took a 3-1 lead in the series.