Milbury, Jones pick Capitals to beat Penguins in Game 7

Sidney Crosby, who was knocked out of the opening minutes in Game 3 and missed Game 4, hasn't scored since Game 1. That's a shorter time for clearance than most National Football League players get when they suffer a concussion on Sunday then return the following Sunday, and that always seems insane when it happens.

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley was ruled out for Game 6 against the Washington Capitals on Monday night because of a lower-body injury. That's what we did so, so well in the first round, we moved pucks past pressure that was coming maybe out of control and created offense.

"We have no time to waste right now", Rangers forward Jesper Fast said.

Imagine this entire scenario five days earlier. Washington heads into a deciding seventh game for the 10th time in 15 playoff series since the Alex Ovechkin/Nicklas Backstrom began with the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs. The potential consequences of playing through repeated significant head trauma is something the league badly needs to take more seriously. They might be unlucky and get upset again anyway. Just as troubling as the lack of pucks they've sent Holtby's way over the last two games is where those pucks have come from.

Remember what the Capitals' game looked like?

"This is the first time this series Pittsburgh has their back against the wall as well", Trotz said. In addition to the on-site spotters, the league authorized a staff of concussion spotters in the player safety room in NY to remove a player for evaluation if visible signs under the protocol are present following a direct or indirect blow to the head. The Penguins reconfigured their lines, reuniting the HBK line of LW Carl Hagelin, C Nick Bonino and RW Phil Kessel that was highly effective a year ago in the playoffs. And - and this might be most important - when they sensed proud Pittsburgh was wounded, they tore at the Penguins' festering flesh, spitting on them for good measure. "We're having fun now", said Capitals coach Barry Trotz.

What a role reversal.

He didn't. His teammates noticed and the Capitals responded with back-to-back wins, extending the best-of-7 series. We just have to put more focus on holding our leads before we end up looking like the Edmonton Oilers.

The Predators won their ninth straight playoff game in Nashville going back to last postseason.

FILE- This May 13, 2009 file photo shows Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) making a save on Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russian Federation, during the first period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey sec.

“I dont know whether from coaching or playing whether you get into a mental block or not, ” said Bruce Boudreau, who coached in Game 7 four times with the Capitals and four times with the Ducks. They mustered just 18 shots on goal, and only six came in the first two periods. The Senators lead that series 3-2 going into Game 6 on Tuesday. "You talk to the doctor".

So Peters will watch Wednesday night, possibly in person if he can swing it. Pittsburgh did not record its first shot on goal at five-on-five until just 1.1 seconds remained in the first period. The Penguins goalie, who had been outstanding in the playoffs, has allowed nine goals in the last two games. Save for a couple of tight saves in the middle of Game 5 that kept the Capitals within striking distance, Holtby has rarely been tested.

The moment, on that night, was too big for those Capitals.


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