“Let’s just enjoy it.” That’s what Barry Trotz told the Caps when they were down 3-1 in the series. Speaking with Pierre McGuire during the second period, Trotz relayed his message to the team: a mashup of Rafiki from the Lion King (“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.”) and everyone from the Terminator (“There’s no fate but what we make for ourselves.”). I think the Caps heard it: they played the best game of their season to force a Game Seven, at home in DC on Wednesday night.
TJ Oshie kicked off scoring by being the toe in a blistering tic-tac-toe sequence. Andre Burakovsky made it 2-0 in period two with his second goal in two games. Nicklas Backstrom kicked off the third period with a snipe to the high glove to make it 3-0. Matt Niskanen hooked up John Carlson for a perfect PPG, then Andre Burakovsky roofed it again to invoke Enrique.
Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin got two goals in garbage time, but no big deal.
Caps beat Penguins 5-2! Caps force Game Seven!
Nothing is forbidden anymore.
The Penguins' top line of Conor Sheary, Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist has not put a shot on goal through 36 minutes of this game.
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) May 9, 2017
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Looks like the caps advanced to conference final.
— bryzgoalie30 (@bryzgoalie30) May 9, 2017
Caps in seven of the night
A convincing effort on enemy ice. The Caps were just excellent across the board, across the bench. From the first puck drop, I loved this hockey game. Thanks, universe, for letting us share this with each other.
And now, my attention turns.
Ah, gay sev, my old friend. Game Seven is the fiercest foe of the Washington Capitals, and it’ll be against the team that has bounced them more than any other. Game Seven is the apotheosis of everything this hockey team has been fighting for almost three decades.
I think we’re on the verge of something new.
— Good Tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) May 9, 2017
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