Shattenkirk said the Capitals had to read and react instead of overthinking. "I'm a little bit shy because he's still playing hockey, you know?"
CORRECTS SPELLING OF CAPITALS IN SECOND SENTENCE Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), from Russian Federation, celebrates scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates, T.J. Oshie (77), John Carlson (74), Marcus Johansson (90), from Sweden, and Karl Alzner (27) during the third period of Game 5 in the second-round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Washington. That might have - ahem - ruffled some of the Penguins' feathers, but it was his way of announcing his presence in a series in which he has been impossible to miss. Maybe not exactly in such a fashion, with the Capitals firing home three goals in five minutes in the third period to stave off elimination, but certainly one where the Washington offense broke through and powered a victory. The Pittsburgh Penguins may do the same before Monday night's critical Game 6 - including the potential reunion of one of the team's most beloved trios of last year's Stanley Cup run. His play has started to mirror that of the players he has long admired.
"Some of the things that we're trying to do are starting to have an effect", coach Barry Trotz said on a conference call Sunday. "I think that's what they were tonight".
Ever since Trotz rolled into Washington almost three years ago, he has tried to help his players - and, by extension, a fan base perpetually stricken with Game 7-induced gastroenteritis - forget. "I thought we'd been shooting too much and I think we were patient that way, waiting for good shots and it paid off". Holtby, pulled for the final period of Game 2 at home seven days earlier, stopped all 12 shots he faced in the final period and dove to smother a rebound after Sidney Crosby's backhander trickled out of the crease.
He has relished those tough matchups this season.
NOTES: Nicklas Backstrom's goal gave him 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 11 postseason games. We didn't, and then they tie it up and get some life off that and then gained some momentum there for a short span. "You've just got to win on Monday". Maybe that's because he's looser, too.
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"I felt good", Crosby said. Indeed, he loves putting on a show, whether it be through his dazzling passes, his kooky goal celebrations or his entertaining interviews with media. Crosby was slow to get up and Hornqvist had to retreat quickly to the bench, but both remained in the game.
"Bad", Kuznetsov said of his angle on the shot. He was asked to clarify. "You have to learn from other guys".
"They finish first in the league, there's a reason for it", Fleury said. "Our scouts kept saying, 'He's going to be there when we're picking, ' which was surprising to me".
Despite dominating play, Washington had come up empty handed in three of the first four games against Pittsburgh.
That's partly what makes Kuznetsov such a compelling player: He's still learning. But while some tough roster decisions will have to be made this summer, Kuznetsov is certain to stick around, firmly the face of the franchise's future. To get to the success in the big moments, sometimes there's failure to overcome.
"Just like all players, you grow into certain roles with your team", Trotz said. Were going to have to be the best team in the league if were going to win this series.