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"Now we have to focus on the second game, not think about the Game 7".

The team to score first has won five of six games this series and it's not hard to figure out why. "This is going to be an opportunity for our team to respond and to play a strong game in a pressure situation". The Penguins' strength is their quick strike ability.

The heavier Capitals seem to be wearing down the Penguins, who lost defenseman Kris Letang and goalie Matt Murray before the series.

Just about everyone has had to wait for the test results to come back from the medical lab. That's when those possession stats really start to matter.

Fleury had stopped 133 of 142 shots through four games, making a mockery out of the core fundamental of hockey that having the puck more and putting it on net leads to success.

Just because a player is deemed to be more important or talented than another, shouldn't mean they're exempt from a rule that was put in for their benefit. Despite all their skill, Washington is disgusting when it comes to 4-on-4 play. They were knocked out of the playoffs by the Penguins last season. How many goals have they given up?

Every day during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Canes Country recaps the night before, previews the games for that night, and gives you game times and broadcast information. 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.

Backstrom has four goals in his last five games and goaltender Braden Holtby has regained his regular season form, while Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been human in the last two games. FILE - This April 28, 2010 file photo shows Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak, of Slovakia, celebrating the team's 2-1 win as Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russian Federation, skates off after Game 7 of the. The first two? The "06 Oilers he beat and the 2012 Los Angeles Kings, who got 15 points during their run from Williams".

In all three of Washington's wins, Holtby has outplayed his Pittsburgh counterpart.

And as bad as all that was, Pittsburgh fans, players and management can take the not-altogether hollow consolation that it could have been worse.

In this case, the players and teams have to be saved from themselves. That was definitely the case in Game 5.

In order for the Penguins to win Game 7, they will have to come out with the same fire the Capitals brought out for Games 6 and 7; Sullivan will demand nothing less.

The Washington Capitals were businesslike in their clinical 5-2 dismantling of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, and they played with the poise of a team whose work isnt done yet. The answer is poor shot selection. It's Mount Everest, and Barry Trotz may be Sir Edmund Hillary. One of the major factors in Washington's turnaround to this point has been better shot selection. Pittsburgh has won each of the three previous deciding games, the last in 2009 in Washington on its way to the Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh advanced in six games. That is a clear indication of better shot selection from Washington. After all, that's what makes them the best in the world at what they do.

Sullivan believes that wealth of experience will serve his team well in the series-determining game in Washington. We need to play the same. In Game 6, it was his physicality that made a difference. We're talking about a simple check-in on the brain of one of the best players in hockey, and there's either a blatant miscommunication happening here or someone just isn't telling the truth. The Penguins are beat up, they're exhausted (they have played more games in the last 365 days than any other team still playing in the playoffs) and as cliché as it is, it's awfully hard to repeat as Stanley Cup Champs. They need to stay loose, stay aggressive and not play tentatively.

The Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to have everything under control.