The Caps forced a Game 7 with a dominant 5-2 win in Pittsburgh on Monday. The Penguins have now blown series leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and given all the momentum back to the Capitals, who have looked like a new team since dropping star Alex Ovechkin to the third line to help ignite the bottom six.
It’s no surprise this series is heading to Game 7, but how it got to that point is pretty shocking.
Up until Game 5, no team in the Stanley Cup playoffs was playing better than Pittsburgh. The Penguins handled the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Round 1, scoring three goals or more in all five games. They were the superior team in those first four contests against the Capitals, too.
Penguins beat writer Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette called Monday’s loss “among the worst playoff losses in franchise history.” This is a franchise with four Stanley Cups, so that means something.
The Penguins trailed 5-0 in the third period before a pair of late goals made things a little prettier. They had just eight shots entering the final 20 minutes and the Capitals’ defense was making them look like they had cinder blocks strapped to their skates.
In 2003, they became free agents and signed together with the Avalanche at discounted rates, joining a star-studded cast of Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote in pursuit of an elusive Stanley Cup for one season. But that’s around the time their careers took separate turns.
Even with the Ducks winning the shot battle 25-8, Nashville took its lead into the third period and Sissons’ second goal of the game made it 3-1 three minutes in.
A pair of goals scored two minutes apart by Chris Wagner and Cam Fowler tied the Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China game, but Sissons completed the hat trick by netting the go-ahead goal with six minutes remaining. A pair of empty-netters ensured the underdog darlings of the playoffs would indeed go Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys the distance.