WASHINGTON (AP) - Vezina Trophy victor Braden Holtby has been yanked out of the Washington Capitals' net during Game 2 of their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, replaced in goal by Philipp Grubauer to start the third period.
The Washington Capitals couldn't solve Marc-Andre Fleury, Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a game to remember, and being shorthanded wasn't much of a disadvantage.
Game 3 is on Monday night in Pittsburgh.
Crosby set up two goals and the Penguins chased Holtby in a 6-2 victory Saturday night in Game 2, taking a commanding 2-0 lead back home.
After scoring two goals last game, Sidney Crosby took on more of a facilitating role with two assists.
"They capitalized on some of our mistakes in the second and it changed the game", Niskanen said. "What was said is what needed to be said".
The Penguins, who are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Metropolitan Division rival Capitals according to the OddsShark NHL Database, could have LW Carl Hagelin (lower body) in the lineup for the first time in seven weeks.
"So, I don't think specifics are important to get out into the media".
"I have a lot of trust in this group. Expect him to start tomorrow".
Head Coach Barry Trotz benched Braden Holtby, his reigning Vezina Trophy-winner goaltender, in favor of talented backup Philipp Grubauer. Holtby was pulled from the game after the second period. The Capitals are 6-for-22 on the man advantage through the playoffs so far.
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"Everybody's in the same boat", Williams said.
"We know we're better in this locker room", goaltender Braden Holtby said. To beat them you have to do everything right. "We're regrouping in here, and we're looking forward to the challenge going into Pittsburgh". We're just a hair off. The Capitals have leveled some good hits on the Penguins, and it has resulted in nothing.
The pesky Tampa Bay Lightning, lifted by outstanding play from its backup goalie at one end of the ice, used a counterattacking strategy to nearly clinically exploit and capitalize on the Penguins' up-tempo, puck-pressuring style. The Capitals arguably played one of their best first periods to start the game as they outshot Pittsburgh, 16-5. It's threatening to become the thing we remember most if the Capitals don't find a way back into this series.
"We can't get frustrated".
"No one in here needs a lesson about how to go home early", Oshie said. "We need to go to those places".
The Penguins on the other hand are getting comfortable playing like this after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games in the first round. Hornqvist blocked a shot by John Carlson in the first period and never returned, leading to a reunion of the "Sid and the Kids" line with Crosby, Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary.
Though Washington lost Game 1 on Thursday, the Capitals were still encouraged by how they had played for the majority of the game, doubling the Penguins' shot attempts. Carter Rowney would figure to be next on the list.
Phil Kessel scored twice with an assist and Sidney Crosby had a pair of assists as the Capitals are in danger of a second-round exit at the hands of the Penguins in consecutive seasons.
"That last deflection I don't even know how he did that", Lundqvist said. So when he didn't change the game, I just looked to change the mojo a little bit there.
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