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Brett Connolly scores on breakaway for first career playoff goal

Brett Connolly scores on breakaway for first career playoff goal”

As has been said no less than a thousand times heading into this post-season series between the two teams, Pittsburgh has a flawless record across the three meetings between the Crosby-led Penguins and Ovechkin-led Capitals in the playoffs. The Capitals took a 3-1 lead into intermission.

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 unsafe team in many aspects of the game. Everyone who saw the replay knew it was a goal, so the Capitals really caught a break. The two teams battled for more goals, but time wound down and the Penguins took Game 1.

Capitals forward Brett Connolly just joined Jakub Vrana with an National Hockey League first of his own.

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The Capitals are still up, 3-0.

And because of all the firepower on the ice, it's Murray and Capitals goalie Braden Holtby who've often been their team's first stars, because they have to be. A power-play goal by Jakub Vrana gave Washington a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Wilsonsaid after the game that the play was unintentional.

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But Scheifele forced overtime with his fourth goal in this series and eighth this postseason with 1:05 left in regulation and Hellebuyck pulled for the extra attacker.

Moving forward for the Capitals means cleaning up the little plays that can make a big difference this time of year. "But from my view up top on the ice, it looked like that was in". An away victory in the playoffs is never easy, but nevertheless serves as a staple of their quest for Lord Stanley's trophy. They finished first in the Metropolitan division this season above the Pens and have the most complete team that they have in years.

There may have been some fear and trepidation on the Washington bench, but this time head coach Barry Trotz's team would hold on to the lead and even added an empty-net goal. Connolly would walk in un-touched from the blue line and beat Murray to the glove side. Through 89 regular season matches, 49 of its games have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just five have pushed. "Otherwise we played pretty good, so I don't think you need to overanalyze that". At the defensive end of the ice, they have been above average, as they come in ranked 5th in goals allowed, giving up 2.63 gpg, while also ranking 1st in shots allowed (26.8 spg) and 3rd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 12.0% of their chances. The Penguins are a -145 favorite to win on the moneyline, while the Capitals are +125 underdogs.

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Holtby stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced to frustrate the Penguins, robbing captain Sidney Crosby and linemate Jake Guentzel with sliding pad saves to continue his strong play in the postseason. Are the hosts going to secure the win as the favorites in tonight's Game 3? After a rough start to their first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets in which they lost the first two games at home, the Caps bounced back and defeated the Blue Jackets in the next four straight games, winning the series in six.



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