Malkin, Dumoulin, Hagelin all GTDs for Game 3

Malkin, Dumoulin, Hagelin all GTDs for Game 3

Malkin, Dumoulin, Hagelin all GTDs for Game 3

They swear they won't do that.

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Tuesday in game three of the NHL Eastern Conference Second Round Playoffs at the PPG Paints Arena.

They are two of several players to have picked up the offensive part of their games to complement the Capitals' high-end skill players, making Washington a more balanced and risky team in many aspects of the game. "That's the motivation to move on". The second and third period were good. "So, when you got guys that can play throughout the lineup, I think everyone can get the job done". He was deemed a game-time decision by Mike Sullivan but ultimately did not dress.

Wilson was penalized during the game for that infraction, but not suspended. Wilson was chasing him and not able to initiate any sort of hit, but Dumoulin stopped suddenly. The Penguins looked good at four-on-four, so look for them to try to get as many of those as they can. "I know each organization, each fan base will have their own opinions. That's why there's a neutral party in this". The return home should help the Pens in Game 3, and if Malkin returns to the lineup they should become a much more unsafe scoring team. One has to wonder if the Penguins were down one-game-to-none coming in, if Malkin would have sped up the process to get back. Hagelin sported full facial protection Monday, with a plastic shield extending to his chin and a metal cage below that.

Regardless of those players' status, the Capitals are wary of Pittsburgh despite their win Sunday. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 26.2 percent of their power play opportunities.

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The Jets got the jump on the Preds in Game 1 with a 4-1 victory that featured a remarkable goaltending effort by Connor Hellebuyck. Crosby tied the game at two goals apiece at 5:20 of the third period from Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist and then got an assist on the game winning goal by Guentzel just over two minutes later at 7:48 of the third period. After trailing 2-0 in the series the Caps won four straight to eliminate Columbus in six games. "If we can come out a little cleaner, I think that's going to help our game a lot". But you can see he's making a conscious effort on his hits to keep his elbows down, stay on his feet.

The Capitals are learning some about Murray, having now scored all five of their goals against him in this series glove side.

Carl Hagelin was also dressed in gray for the start of practice, the first time he's been seen on the ice since Claude Giroux's questionable high hit knocked Hagelin out of Game 6 of the Flyers series eight days ago.

Pittsburgh is bracing for a similar onslaught but hopes to match or top it this time. In theory, a steal on the road would only require the Capitals to win their home games, but expect them to put everything into each of the upcoming contests. It should be said, too, that Ovechkin had generated 57 more shot attempts, 22 more shots and thirteen more individual scoring chances than Crosby in the three prior meetings. "You have to find a way to either counter that or weather it".

This was a play that no matter what the call on the ice was they were going to stick with it given the replay angles they had to work with.

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