The Pittsburgh Penguins have a 2-0 lead over the Washington Capitals. Will they push the Caps closer to elimination when they play Game 3 on May 1? The puck’s set to drop around 7:30 PM ET so tune in to watch!
The 2017 chase for the Stanley Cup has already seen a pair of sweeps, as the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks disposed of the Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames without dropping a single game. From the way the Pittsburgh Penguins have played against the Washington Capitals, it might be time to break out the broom again. The Caps head to the PPG Paints Arena in scenic Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for what could be the start of their comeback – or the beginning of the end.
The Capitals have lost six straight games at the PPG Paints Arena, including all three games in the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, according to the Washington Post. Games 3 and 4 are in Pittsburgh. If the Caps can’t snap that streak, they’ll be watching the rest of the NHL playoffs from their couches. They can’t afford to lose the way they did in Game 2, falling 6-2 in what could be called an embarrassing bloodbath.
The doors to the Capitals locker room stayed shut to the press for 10 minutes after that game. “I think what was said in this room are things that our leaders needed to say, and are things that people needed to hear,” T.J. Oshie, 30, right winger for the Capitals, said.
The Penguins have Marc-Andre Fleury, 32, to thank for their success. He finished the game with 34 saves. “He’s been our best player,” Mike Sullivan, coach for the Penguins, told NHL.com. “In the first series (against the Columbus Blue Jackets), the first tow games here, he’s made timely saves for us – especially in that first period.” Will Marc-Andre’s impression of a brick wall stay strong in this game? Or will the Capitals find a way to win in Pittsburgh?
Who do you want to win this series, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Pittsburgh is going to repeat as champs?