Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0 series lead

"We did a lot of good things up in Ottawa, we didn't get the results we wanted".

Where would the Pittsburgh Penguins be without Marc-Andre Fleury?

In fact, among goalies that have played at least five games in these playoffs, Holtby ranks 13th out of 14 in save percentage with a mark of.911.

Fleury made 34 saves including 16 in the first period as the Penguins beat the Capitals 6-2.

Betting line: The Penguins opened as -135 favorites (wager $135 to win $100); the total is at 5.5 goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. It doesn't matter if you've only been in the league for a couple of games or whatever.

Nicklas Backstrom scored one for the Capitals but that was all they would end up getting.

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While everything is butterflies and rainbows in the Penguins net, the Capitals may have a goalie controversy in theirs.

Grubauer didn't fare much better, allowing two goals on nine shots.

Carl Hagelin will be a game-time decision to return to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. Otherwise, ice won't be back on the floor of the Verizon Centre until September.

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After the first period, Sullivan told his team to be more competitive and play with more urgency because they had to start winning puck battles.

The Pittsburgh Penguins handed the Capitals an embarrassing 6-2 loss on home ice Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the teams' second-round series. If the shot volume is the same from Game 1 then the Penguins will be screwed if Fleury does not continue to play at this level.

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This isn't the first time Pageau has scored a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They'll have to make sure to play a whole 60 minutes in Game 2.

The total has gone under in eight of Washington's past 12 games.

Kessel's first goal was one of the best so far in the playoffs, largely because of some unreal work from Crosby, who pushed the puck through his skates to his stick, drawing three Washington defenders before finding Kessel, who blasted a wrist shot past the left shoulder of Capitals netminder Braden Holtby and into the back of the net.

Game 2 will be a very pivotal moment in this series.

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Taking a penalty and going down a man usually lowers a team's chances of scoring. The Penguins are a much stronger team with the return of veteran wing Chris Kunitz and Hagelin, whose speed could make it even more hard on the Capitals. If Pittsburgh wants to play a heavier forecheck with two players as opposed to a 1-2-2 a guy like Hagelin can get in on it faster than most and make it effective. He then rose into a more standard butterfly as he prepared to face a third and fourth, and then desperately went for an old-school two-pad stack to build a wall against a fifth and sixth attempt before, finally, the whistle blew, ending the onslaught.

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