Game 2 Fallout: Penguins – Capitals
The numbers say the Penguins are really lucky right now and the Capitals are very unlucky as Pittsburgh has taken a 2-0 series lead following a 6-2 win in Game 2.
Lucky or not, what matters is the Penguins are up 2-0 and now have home-ice as the series shifts to Pittsburgh.
Caps had 30 5v5 shot attempts in the first. The Peng all game? 34. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #PITvsWSH https://t.co/XzGWRumMNP pic.twitter.com/40ePjpIFUs
— hockeystats.ca (@HockeyStatsCa) April 30, 2017
The Penguins were out-attempted 88-45 Game 2 and have now been out-attempted 171 to 86, yet, have outscored the Capitals 9-4.
Pittsburgh improving to 6-1 in the playoffs, continue to prove you’re going to need more than just carrying the play to beat them. What the Penguins continue to do despite giving up a ton of attempts, is limit the high danger chances and at the other end bury their grade-A chances at a high rate.
Washington had 69 shot attempts at 5 vs 5 in Game 2 but was credited with just 7 high danger chances. The Penguins had six and scored on three.
The Penguins are playing with fire, that defense was brutal at times again in trying to move the puck, but they just have the will of a champion right now.
33 BLOCKED SHOTS in the win.
It’s amazing how Mike Sullivan and his coaching staff have transformed the Penguins into a group that puts their body on the line and what a two-way force Sidney Crosby was in the Game 2 victory, especially in the second period.
He took the game over again with his play in all three zones.
Among the key defensive moments from Crosby:
A huge block leading to a rush goal from Jake Guentzel that put the Penguins up 3-1 in the second period and ended Braden Holtby’s night.
Crosby then had a pass breakup in the final seconds of the period that would have got the Capitals within one.
Pittsburgh is just finding ways to get the job done, Washington isn’t.
In Game 2, the Penguins did an excellent job of not letting Washington’s best players get pucks to the net.
Alex Ovechkin had 3 shots on goal with Pittsburgh blocking six of Ovechkin’s attempts. Evgeny Kuznetsov limited to 3 shots, T.J. Oshie’s who yet to be a factor in the series, had 0 shots in the Game 2 loss for Washington.
Washington has out-classed Pittsburgh for long stretches in Games 1 and 2 where they could easily be up 2-0 but the Penguins are getting the results and this is a results business.
Pittsburgh’s high-end talent is out-performing Washington’s on the scoreboard, the Penguins are surprisingly getting the far superior goaltending for the second straight series against an elite goaltender and we’re seeing time after time, the Penguins find ways to withstand poor areas in their game that have popped up all playoffs.
Winner of Game 3 wins the Series?
Is this series over?
Everything says Pittsburgh for obvious reasons.
Beating the defending Stanley Cup champions four out of five games and having to win at least two games on the Penguins home-ice is a daunting task for a Capitals team that mentally still haven’t been able to get over the hump of the Penguins.
The Penguins are just too skilled and so tuned in right now, that it’s hard to bet against them that they won’t find a way to get two more wins.
The hole Washington has put themselves in, as poor as the Penguins have been in carrying the play to go with an unsustainable shooting percentage and save percentage they have so far, you have to think they have at least one game over these next two games in them like last series (Game 3) where they put together a really good performance and they’re the team that’s carrying play and tilting the ice.
On the flip side, you have to think Braden Holtby starts showing up and not to take anything away from Marc Andre Fleury who has been really good, but the bounces quit going his way and the Capitals become the team that starts getting lucky.
Pittsburgh has a golden opportunity in front of them for Game 3 on home-ice to bury the Capitals.
That said, whoever wins Game 3 is winning the series.
The Capitals are teetering on the brink of imploding but they’re also on the cusp of breaking out and if they get that breakthrough in Game 3, it’s not going to be good for Pittsburgh.
We’re either going to see an implosion from the Capitals in Game 3 that has this series ending in four or five games or we’re going to see them have a performance that has them storming back in the series and potentially winning it.
Playoff chokers and what not, the Penguins don’t want to give the Capitals any life.
it murray skated, the saint is getting nervous already…..great…..
You know what else the “saint” is doing? Making you look like the world’s biggest moron (again).
Wow, you’re like a very stupid dog with a bone…
Hornqvist, Dumoulin and Hagelin are all game time decisions, according to Sullivan. Instant buzz provided by “Shitt stain.”
No instant buzz since DePaoli is putting together his next MAF hit piece. Looks like no Hornqvist, Hagelin or Dumoulin at practice today. Hainsey and Kuhnhackl both skating.
Jesus… I fucken hope its just a break for a couple of those guys. Hornqvist I have already prepared to see him off.
I’m sure it’s maintenance days for the other two – they declined the optional skate last time. It makes it look like Dumo is dealing with something he can play through but not worth the extra wear and tear of a practice.
Any Hainsey turnovers in warm ups?
I heard he turned your mom over onto her gut. But to be fair, I heard that secondhand. Still attempting to confirm.
Mom jokes ..that’s awesome. Your mom is so fat when she hauls ass she heeds to take two trips.
That one was pretty funny, and probably the biggest contribution you’ve made here to date. So kudos. You should stick to those.
Going to suck hearing Hornqvist is out for a while later today.
Wow, just made the mistake of reading “Russian Machine Never Breaks” comments about the too many men missed call from Saturday! Caps fans have completely regressed into blaming the refs and the leagues love of all things Penguins for being down 2-0. These fucken people are as bad as Vancouver fans. All bases have their idiots as we are very aware (wink) but its an impressive number in those two cities.
I’d be curious to see where Game Winner Assists are falling for the playoffs. I might compile today if I find some time. Maybe even create a new award for Playoff GWAs.
“Caps in 5-ish” DeFraudi
D – I just don’t get your articles lately. How can you honestly believe the winner of game 3 wins the series? I love fleury but if he’s one thing it’s inconsistent. I’m never 100% on which maf shows up, but, he’s been incredible thus far. Believe in something man!
That’s just it, I don’t understand why there is as much concern around MAF as there seems to be still. Yes MAF slowly digressed after the 1st cup into a full meltdown in 2012 and 13. Factors that helped were inept coaching with horrible defensive structure and an inability to support him with goals which was also part of the ineptitude put on by the same coach. The guy took ownership of this, changed a lot about his game and preparation and in 2014 and 2015 gave a team that couldnt score a very good opportunity to stay in vs… Read more »
Personally, I’d let sleeping dogs lie.
The prediction wasnt based on Fleury’s play but the fact that these games have been much closer than the scores suggest and the Caps have been the better team for long stretches. Obviously if the Pens win tonight the chances of the Caps coming back are slim to none, but if the Caps win I wouldnt be surprised if they go on to win the series.
I actually just now read the article. Whoever wins game 3 will win the series? So if the Caps win game 3,the pens are doomed even with a 2-1 lead and home ice? Not sure about that one.
The Pens need a split at home to be up 3-1. They’re a good home team. It’s just b/s posturing. D doesn’t know his asss from his elbow. The Pens can still lose the series. Sure. But a proclamation like that carries with it nothing substantive.
I guess we’ll see BoxScore.
I wonder if it goes over as well as your MAF, Malkin and Hainsey call-outs have. So much dek hockey experience.
It’s pandering to the one guy sending D dick pics…
What’s happening in Edmonton tonight is what the Pens need to avoid tomorrow against the Caps. Don’t give them any hope.
I’m kinda hoping they haven’t played their best hockey yet, and they bring it tomorrow night, and really put their foot on Washington’s neck.
I’m hoping the same thing. They have a lot more to show that’s for sure.
I’d like to see a lot more of what I saw in the 2nd and 3rd tomorrow night – and they’re home – so I think we will – I know it sucks, but it’s hard to say its a fluke at this point – this team is just much better at home than they are on the road – so the fact that they’ve won 2 games down there is just huge – I don’t care how it happened.
Are you kidding me Mr score box look at malkin and Kessel in points so pens are playing good
If you think Malkin and Kessel aren’t “playing good,” ah, who am i kidding. Even if you did think they were playing good, you’d be an utter moron, so I guess it doesn’t matter. Last I checked.
Last I checked you haven’t recently watched your mighty ducks movies to educate your hockey and left npl all alone watching it
You’re so bad at this.
Leafs in 6 #samknew
Down 2-0 in the series, Corey Perry 9 minutes of ice time tonight. There’s 5 minutes left in the game. (He’s canadian, which, “last i checked,” sam said you build your team around him.
Hmm I guess getzlaf is American according to shitt stain
So with WBS season over who all is coming up? Also does this mean Murray cost WBS the season?
Good job jew bettman for making Jersey win 1st pick.
This shitt is rigged
How is NJ winning the draft make it rigged retard?
Because the NHL is always going out of their way for…New Jersey….
Same is slowww
Again a half assed compliment to MAF? You’re about as pathetic as MAF. We watched guys like Hank steal games from the Pens as they hit a half dozen posts a night the write up contained hidden love letters to the guy. When a goal is on sometimes that positional play is what forces the shots to go where they do and that includes goal posts. An inch one was and they’re in but by that same token an inch the other way and you miss the net altogether. Like yodipshit you still cannot give the credit where it is… Read more »
Also I love the caveat here. “I fucken blew it like a 5 dollar hooker with the Caps in 5 call so I’ll double down granting them 4 of the next 5 if they win game three” lol
Yogurt clearly created this ovechkin shooting at hainsey narrative to avoid talking about how goddamn dumb his fleury sucks narrative looks right now. That’s our pincushion!
Sullivan won’t do it while they are winning games but I’d sit Maatta for Streit.
Maattaa may be slow but Vs caps he has played good in position and intercepted a lot of key passes from the other team streit can be a good fit for next round
Was he hurt last night?
The Pens have scored 30 goals so far this postseason. 20 goals have come from American born players. Only 6 from Canadians, 4 of which came from Sidney Crosby.
Last you checked….
Sam tetters himself
i think the ovechkin writster to hainsey’s head was the biggest chicken $hit thing i’ve ever seen in hockey. what a piece of cry baby pouting baby BS that was. ovechin in a big fat c*nt.
Because he couldnt beat Fleury
There was one replay angle That made it look intentional. If it wasn’t the shot wasn’t going anywhere near the net.
if he misses the net is goes 20 rows into the stands. ovechkin is the best shooter in the league. the puck was not on edge either. he fired it right off of hainsey’s head on purpose. next game, when the pens are short handed, one of the pens players needs to fire a 90mph slap shot directly into the bench of the caps.
Yep, or Ruhweidel.
As much as I hate OV I think that puck was not where he thought it was on his stick as he went to shoot. I’m guessing it got away from him. He’s a douche but I don’t buy the idea that he intentionally shot for Hainseys face.
i don’t know man. watch the replay in slow motion. he teed it up, and he raised his head. he did it on purpose.
Ive watched, the puck was not clean on his stick… its no shock you would struggle with this
Can the Caps really shit the bed in game 3? I never expected the Pens to have a 2-0 game lead. Watching these games, the Caps have not received favorable bounces, but damn-its almost impossible to beat timely, opportunistic teams that make big, clutch plays when its needed.
Only the caps? Try jackets 5 games they outplayed the pens in all 5 games specially the first periods. Pens getting all the lucky bounces and fleury is keeping them in if pens get scored 2 goals in first periods and caps play defensive good luck pens winning games
At some point, it’s not about luck.
It’s about knowing how to win with less talent (see Pens Blueline.). But except for our Sully, forwards, and MAF’s standing on his ear good play, the Caps and BJ personnel are bigger and , arguably, better.
the universe doesn’t typically respond to people who shoot hockey pucks at the oppositions head. i believe the caps and ovi delivered a crushing blow to their karma.
“Not to take anything away from Fleury who has been good, but he’s been lucky.”
TIOPS is fake news.
And Murray was not last year. When team was bailing him every game when they were down. At least with fleury team is never down
What is tettering?
I can Just imagine the Cap fan perspective on this. Caps are down because their highest paid player and captain isn’t scoring enough. Ovi sucks. Holtby had been fine.
As I always said you don’t built a team around an Russian or Americans
“Last i check” the pens scored 6 goals last night, 5 from American born players, 1 backbreaking goal from a Russian.
Depaoli, Maloni, yogurt and sammich are like a retard sundae
Must be joke of the century when the real idiot bandwagon fans are. Stain, npl. Tbj and zerofool. Those clowns the minute pens are shit they would switch teams. Not forget npl and stain only discovered hockey since Crosby playing in the NHL. And their hockey knowledge they picked it up by watching mighty ducks movies and coming on this site on a daily basis
Has Corsi ever scored a goal?
Ok D have to ask based on these articles are you laying a lot down on the Capitals? Hope you didn’t take Caps in 5 games might not happen.
Washington is tettering
Fleury save percentage is less than no name Allen Jake
What is his win percentage?
Bench Fleury he lets in softies
If Fleury wasn’t a midget he would be leading NHL in save percentage save percentage save percentage
don’t jinx this
All hail our prophet!! His Ali like streak for being s moron continues! And I lovvvvvvveeeeeee it!
i’ve been saying it for years, corsi shmorsi. it’s about scoring goals and not having your goaltender play like a turd.
Lol, yet I can write a long winded post backed by a lot of statistical data that shows Corsi can play a big role. Idiots like you think it’s the end all when discussed, it’s not because of certain variables in short term scenarios but over the long term the trends support the idea that these stats tell a story. Of course it’s you and you’re a fucken twaat that only cares about statistical data when it supports your narrative.
Holtby save percentage is something I swoon over. Fleury has a career save percentage less than .780. Bench Fleury next game he can’t beat Holtby.
Wtf just when I thought npl and stain was the worst fans here
Have to give credit to Sullivan as well. Whether its the adjustments or the chewing asses out, dude knows what he’s doing.
Hope DB taking notes
LOL it must kill D to give Fleury any kind of credit. He always has to slip the “lucky bounces” in there no matter what.
Last article he had 0 the word fleury and yet he was concerned about Murray
Fleury is the Vezina goalie killer
Pens have the best home record this year and fleury plays even better at home so theoretically this series should be over.
Someone stole Sam’s account login. Nobody, including Jee Bettman, believes he knows what “theoretically” means, let alone how to spell it.
The Pens are in Holtby’s head, and his back up is not up to the task.
Crosby traded yet?
Pretty sure I wrote this story for you with my last post … but I agree
5,000 shot attempts with only 2 going in, IS NOT as good as 30 with 6 going in…JUST SAYIN’