NHL Playoffs-Round 2: Capitals v. Penguins

Tyler Serpico, Sports Writer

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It’s the second round and only eight teams remain on the quest to the Stanley Cup. The last two teams in the Metropolitan Division are the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are known for choking in the second round. Could they end their 19-season streak of not making it past the 2nd round?

According to Matthew Jurich, “The Penguins will win because they have better momentum coming out of the series that they just played where the Capitals were losing.

“They had all those close overtime games with the Leafs, so I think they they’re a little shook from that and that pain will take advantage of that,” Matthew said. “The Penguins have a lot more experience from ACTUALLY MAKING IT PAST THE SECOND ROUND!” The Penguins may have been playing well in the first two games beating the Capitals at their home ice but in Game 3, a potential series-changing event happened.

In the first period of Game 3, Crosby was driving to the net when Ovechkin caught Crosby in the head with his stick. Crosby began to fall to the ice in a bad way then collided with former Penguins player Matt Niskanen at the side of the net hitting Crosby on the side of his helmet. Crosby had  7 assists, 2 goals, and 9 points total. Would the Penguins play the same without him? That was the big question heading into Game 4.

This was the Penguins chance to prove they could beat the Capitals without Sidney Crosby, and that’s exactly what they did. In the first period, there was one goal by Patric Hornqvist giving the Pens a 1-0 lead. In the 2nd period Jake Guentzel made it a 2-0 lead, but the Capitals decided they would not go down without a fighting, coming back to tie it up at 2-2 with goals by Evgeny Kunetsov and Nate Schmidt. Later in the 2nd period Justin Schultz scored the game winning goal giving the Pens a 3-1 lead in the series. Game 5 will be at the Verizon Center (Capitals home arena). Will the Penguins lose at the Capitals home ice without Crosby or end the series and advance to the semi-finals? All will be told in Game 5!

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NHL Playoffs-Round 2: Capitals v. Penguins