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Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards

Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards

None of it worked as Washington pushed the Penguins around.

Washington's bounce-back came after a disheartening 3-2 loss to the Pens in Game 4 in Pittsburgh a week ago. They won 20 of 28 faceoffs in the first period of Game 6.

That wasn't an issue last May as the Penguins won a pair of elimination games in the conference finals to reach the Cup on the way to their fourth championship.

Crosby had a different answer when asked if he was checked out.

This Washington team can win and after the last four periods of hockey, I'd be insane to think Game 7 will be different. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with nine goals, Evgeni Malkin has 13 assists and Phil Kessel has 34 shots on goal.

"We have to be pretty mature about this, though". It's our turn to serve, and holding serve means that we go on. They're not going to just go away. "We're going to have to push them out".

Washington will benefit from playing at home and get off to a fast start.

Goalie Pekka Rinne made 23 saves and had an assist. Four of the team's five goals were in the slot, no higher than the face off dots, pushing the high-danger save percentage of Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury down to.791 in the series.

"The best thing about this game is we came and did what we wanted to do", Holtby said. "Even in the Toronto series, and then a couple games in this series, mentally we weren't able to stay focused".

Washington got the only goal of the first on the same power play.

The Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals have been business-like, gritty and determined since falling behind 2-0 in the series.

Through six games, the Capitals have out-shot Pittsburgh 200-134.

"I think it was fairly tight", Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby said.

While the Capitals sniper has been relatively quiet during these playoffs - five goals and eight points in 12 games - it's not from a lack of effort.

Through it all, Peters - so hooked on the game as a kid his parents literally bought enough equipment to outfit all the kids in the neighborhood so he could play - remained optimistic.

"We didn't get a lot of zone time", Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby said.

Pittsburgh had a couple of scary moments in the first. But in order for Washington to guarantee a spot in the conference final, its best player will need to find the back of the net.

After the game, Crosby said he was evaluated for a concussion, saying, "Yep". Washington defenseman Brooks Orpik played for the Penguins that night.

The Capitals certainly did not sit on their lead. Backstrom flipped a wrist shot by Fleury 16 seconds into the third to make it 3-0 and when John Carlson fired one past Fleury 11:17 into the third, the arena began emptying out.

"All it's going to take is all we have", Trotz said Sunday. "Early in the series a few breakdowns hurt us and they capitalized on them". "We had to give it all to make sure we could force this Game 7". Against the Maple Leafs, he allowed 14 goals in the first four games, before giving up just two goals in the final two. A three-time Cup victor, Williams is 7-0 with seven goals and seven assists in seven chances in Game 7. But after the last two games, anything is possible. He was the much hotter goaltender than reigning Vezina Trophy victor and again finalist Braden Holtby, who outdueled him in an emotional Game 5 as the Capitals avoided elimination.

Defensemen Chad Ruhwedel and Mark Streit are likely the top candidates to replace Daley in the lineup. They were knocked out of the playoffs by the Penguins last season.

For the second straight game, these Caps stared warily at that season hockey players dread: summer. Washington is 3-3 at home this postseason; Pittsburgh is 3-2 on the road.

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