Thanks to a productive third period, the Caps took a 3-2 series lead over the Pens on Saturday night. Jake Vrana was promoted to and produced on the first line, and Braden Holtby held down the fort as his team got pinned in for extended periods, particularly during the second frame.
The Pens out-shot the Caps 27-26 and out-attempted them 55-44 at five-on-five.
Like I said above, the Caps have often been on the losing end of playoff games like this. How many times have we seen the Caps dominate a period of playoff hockey, only to not pull away and then eventually lose the game after a push from the other team? It’s nice to win one of these, and the team deserves credit for the third period push that helped make it happen. While Holtby is capable of holding down the fort, a better effort at five-on-five in Game Six will give the good guys a better chance of putting away this series.
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Stats from Natural Stat Trick and Hockeystats.ca
For no reason whatsoever, here’s a picture of Pete Yorn. Have a good Sunday.
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