The Pittsburgh Penguins were irritated after a disallowed goal in the third period and a brutal hit to the head that took out one of their defensemen were turning points in their Game 2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday. "We'll try to put him in a position where he can play to his strengths, be successful as an individual and help our team win". So we recorded the introduction video that played on the ice prior to Game 2 this afternoon versus Pittsburgh.
No penalty was called on the play and the Penguins have yet to announce Dumoulin's status for Game 3 on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. His first, in Game 3 of the first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets April 17 in Columbus, was rather shortlived. Let's take a look at three takeaways from Sunday's Game 2.
The Penguins have given up goals in the first two games of the series, a development that has obviously made their lives more hard as the game has gone on.
The potent Penguins power play misses an important piece without Malkin, though it only got two opportunities for a total of 2:32 in Game 1. He was originally drafted in the first round, 16th overall of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. Offensively, his game's come a long ways, but his physical play is, he's trying to walk the line of being a real physical player, but play clean, keeping his elbows down, feet on the ice. So a bad start isn't the worst thing in the world. "Our No. 1 focus is to win the hockey game". "They scored on (Sidney) Crosby's three shifts in a row in the third period to win the game".
Washington hasn't been stellar at five-on-five this postseason as far as scoring. It should be said, too, that Ovechkin had generated 57 more shot attempts, 22 more shots and thirteen more individual scoring chances than Crosby in the three prior meetings. The Caps have had to rely on special teams to give them an edge.
They are two of several players to have picked up the offensive part of their games to complement the Capitals' high-end skill players, making Washington a more balanced and risky team in many aspects of the game.
Game 1 saw just three penalties called, which minimized the Caps advantage there.
Obviously, the Penguins and their fans weren't thrilled with that decision, especially considering it happened in the third period of a postseason game. "They look at it". Hornqvist is one of the best in the league at getting under his opponent's skin. A lead that this time they would build upon and hang on to for a 4-1 victory to send the series back to Pittsburgh tied at one. Philipp Grubauer has allowed eight goals on 49 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 14 goals on 205 shots.
He'll need to keep playing at this level if the Capitals want to beat the Penguins. Hornqvist got his stick on it, but he inadvertently passed it to Ovechkin, who quickly shot it past Matt Murray's glove for the first goal of the game.