Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0 series lead

Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel each finished with two goals and one assist in the Penguins rout, with Guentzel's final score coming on an open net.

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, right, looks on from the bench next to defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9), of Russian Federation, during the third period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Pittsb. Penguins center Matt Cullen stole the puck from defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and scored on a breakaway.

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Sidney Crosby wasn't beating the Washington Capitals putting the puck through his legs, he was doing it belly down on the ice.

Pageau scored a career-high four goals, including the victor 2:54 into the second overtime, to lift the host Senators to a victory over the New York Rangers, giving Ottawa a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Following Thursday's loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby vowed he had to be better. "I don't think they're driven by the other guy's success or whatever". It wasn't ideal by any stretch. We're aware of that, we know that.

"I think everybody did", Cullen said. Sullivan called Fleury the Penguins' best player, and even with Crosby's four points through two games he's not wrong. Then another Capitals mistake allowed Scott Wilson to find Bonino in some open ice, and the third-line center beat Braden Holtby with 7:24 left for the Game 1 victor. To attempt their own comeback, the Capitals might turn back to Holtby for Game 3 Monday night in Pittsburgh after backup Philipp Grubauer allowed two goals on the first four shots he faced in relief.

"Sometimes you need to hear more from your teammates than you do from your coach and tonight was one of those nights", T.J. Oshie said. Overall, he doesn't look like the Holtby we've come to know through the playoffs.

He just needs that sliver, that small crack, to change the course of a game.

"Braden's our backbone, he has been all year".

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The Capitals have outshot the Penguins 71-44 through two games but were outscored 9-4. "I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles way from Washington's swamp", Mr. Trump said to cheers, as he began his speech by verbally smacking the news media, drawing the chant of "CNN sucks!" from the crowd. The Penguins goalie situation in 2017 ended up happening the exact same as 2016, just totally in reverse. "It's fun to win".

After surrendering three goals over 40 minutes, Holtby was on the bench for the third frame.

Speaking of reverse, it's hard to repeat, but the Penguins appear to be getting the hardest work out of the way first. The Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities.

Ottawa Senators left wing Mike Hoffman (68) hugs Jean-Gabriel Pageau after Pageau's game-winning goal in the second overtime of Game 2 against the New York Rangers.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sidney Crosby outdueled Alex Ovechkin in a vintage goal-for-goal showdown between the NHL's top teams, and Nick Bonino and Marc-Andre Fleury put the finishing touches on a playoff classic.

"Haggy's a great two-way player", Kessel said.

Not to mention, the power-play has not looked the strongest it can be. It will be up to St Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored twice in Friday's win, to solve Preds goalie Pekka Rinne. In an eventual 6-2 victory, the Pens showed why they are defending champs.

Grubauer didn't fare any better, allowing two goals in eight shots on goal.

Hornqvist appeared to take the puck off his ankle and was in obvious pain. RW Paul Carey replaced Brett Connolly in the Capitals' lineup.