The spirit of ’09 (Photo: Bruce Bennett)
The Washington Capitals enjoyed their last elimination game, a 3-1 win on home ice, but there’s no time for congratulations. To keep their season alive, the Caps must now win on enemy territory against a very good opponent. It won’t be easy, but this is the freaking Capitals in May. It has never been easy.
Puck drops at 8 PM in Pittsburgh. Game’s on NBC Sports. I’m told the Chris From the Comments Liveblog will be back as well.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||56-18-8||52.0%||101.1||21.9% (5th)||85.2% (2nd)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||48-26-8||53.0%||100.6||18.4% (16th)||84.4 % (5th)|
Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Oshie
Johansson – Backstrom – Burakovsky
Chimera – Beagle – Williams
Winnik – Richards – Wilson
Alzner – Niskanen
Orpik – Carlson
Orlov – Chorney
Washington is 7-1 in Ovechkin era when they can be eliminated but not eliminate their opponent. Also 4-0 in Game 6s trailing 3-2 since '08.
— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) May 10, 2016
The headline is flip two coins, but unless you hit heads on the first, the second is moot. The Caps have a storied history of these types of games, and I intend to watch them write a new chapter tonight.
(For the record, I just flipped Keith, a Coin, twice and hit heads both times.)
Many more links over at Japers Rink.
Whatever luck you live by, let’s hope it lasts the night.
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