Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0 series lead

Pittsburgh center Matt Cullen, left, scores a second-period goal past Washington goalie Braden Holtby, maneuvering by right wing T.J. Oshie (77) Saturday night in Washington, D.C. It was one of three goals by the Penguins in the second period.

Phil Kessel scored twice with an assist and Sidney Crosby had a pair of assists, leaving the Capitals in danger of a second-round exit at the hands of the Penguins in consecutive seasons. He allowed six goals on just 35 shots over the first five periods of the series and was pulled in favor of backup Philipp Grubauer in the third period Saturday night.

Holtby had surrendered three goals on 14 shots before getting the hook after the second period Saturday.

Matt Niskanen and Nicklas Backstrom scored for the Capitals.

Grubauer allowed goals to Kessel and Evgeni Malkin early in the third as the Penguins continued to pour it on and got an empty-netter from Guentzel in the final minute. It was his playoff-leading seventh goal.

Guentzel, whose first goal of the game came after Crosby laid out on the ice to block a shot before he chipped the puck to Guentzel, said it's hard to be surprised by all the unbelievable stuff Crosby does. Not only was he relieved of his duties in Game 2, but he had allowed 14 goals through the first four games of the first-round series against Toronto. "First game under my belt, it's good to just get that one and get better every game". "It's just, I don't know". "But I think you have to give credit to our opponents, as well".

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Pageau scored again 2:54 into the second OT, snapping in a shot during a two-on-one rush alongside Tommy Wingels. Through the playoffs, they have struggled to put up any goals, and because of that, they have lost games, been unable to recover or even the score or even take the lead.

"I thought his quota was full", captain Erik Karlsson said when asked if Pageau was his pick for the double OT victor. He took a spot at the end of the bench rather than skating over to the net. He also hasn't come up with big saves, nor has he stopped pucks that he should.

Wally Pipp from the Yankees was 32 years old in 1925 (same age MAF was in 2016) and Pipp never got a chance to get his job back from the talented youngster named Lou Gehrig who replaced him. "It's just a legendary game", teammate Dion Phaneuf said.

Pageau scored a career-high four goals, including the victor 2:54 into the second overtime to lift the Senators to a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday, giving Ottawa a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The New York Rangers scored two shorthanded goals and the Penguins scored one.

Then, with Washington still on the power play, Niskanen was left all alone in the slot and beat Fleury on a one-timer off a pass from Ovechkin. I don't need to go into details. "It's a really tough loss being up a couple goals, especially late in the game".

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New Jersey won the draft lottery, vaulting four teams including last-place Colorado and expansion Vegas for the right to the first pick in the June 23-24 draft in Chicago.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars made huge jumps in winning the second and third lottery drawings on Saturday night. It was quite a shame because you could argue 2015-16 was the finest season of Fleury's career - he's won more games in other seasons but his numbers in GAA (2.29) and save percentage (.921%) were personal season-bests.

The Arizona Coyotes, who along with Vegas were the third best odds for getting the top spot, were awarded the seventh pick of the National Hockey League draft.

NHL Central Scouting ranks Brandon Wheat Kings forward Nolan Patrick as its top draft-eligible prospect.

Of course, this series is far from over, but the Capitals looked completely overmatched in Game 2.

"You watch it all year, he does that all the time", Kessel said.

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