Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Capitals replace Holtby in goal for 3rd period of Game 2


The Capitals eventually tied the game at two and controlled the play in the third period.

Grubauer didn't fare much better, allowing two goals on nine shots. "I think that would be our biggest mistake is to get frustrated right now", said T.J. Against this team, you might be 0-0 through 58 minutes or into overtime and you've just got to be patient.

The Rangers were touted as having a deeper group of forwards, but Ottawa was able to go line-for-line with NY during the series opener. The Alex Ovechkin Capitals have a fundamental flaw.

Holtby has not been on his game for the Capitals and was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots.

The Washington Capitals once again are coming up short in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After the game, the Capitals had a closed door team meeting, where Niklas Backstrom spoke to the room. Barry Trotz pulled last season's Vezina Trophy victor Braden Holtby after he gave up three goals on 14 shots in the first two periods. "I think what's important is that what was said was I think the correct message of how we want to go forward".

"We just had to change, sort of, the 'mojo, '" Trotz said when asked why he made the switch. In this series, Crosby has four points; two goals and two spoon-feeding, primary assists in Saturday's 6-2 win.

On a Sunday conference call with reporters, though, Trotz indicated that switching to Philipp Grubauer for Monday's pivotal game in Pittsburgh was never a serious consideration. Two shots and roughly three minutes later, Jake Guentzel lifted the Penguins to a two-goal lead going into the third period.

"I'm really enjoying this time right now", a smiling Fleury said. They did it in the first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and they're doing it again against the Capitals. "We've been talking about that for a couple of weeks", Sullivan said. It'll be interesting to see where Hagelin slots in the lineup in Game 3, specifically if we see the HBK line back together for a full game.

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Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist left the ice in obvious pain after blocking a John Carlson shot late in the period.

That'll go up, though, as he works his way back to 100 percent. The Capitals have fired 171 shot attempts in the first two games, and while Fleury hasn't had to make a stop on most of those, he still has to track the puck and stay alert way more than he should have to.

Pageau scored a career-high four goals, including the victor 2:54 into the second overtime to lift the Senators to a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday, giving Ottawa a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

We'll wait to see how that Blues-Predators series plays out, but there isn't a team almost as complete as the one the Penguins are dispatching with seeming ease.

The Penguins regained the lead at 13:04 when Crosby entered the zone and, with a trio of defenders closing on him, fed across to Kessel in the right circle.

Head coach Barry Trotz commented on Holtby's performance following Game 2, saying that he wasn't "as sharp as he can be", and Holtby was also critical of himself, telling the Washington Post that he could have been better.

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. The total has gone under in four of the Rangers' last five road games in Ottawa.

But Pittsburg made it 5-2 at 5:31.

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