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Capitals beat Penguins to stay alive; Senators top Rangers

"There is definitely an area as far as structure-wise that I thought we had addressed", Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic). Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan, left, instructs the teamduring National Hockey League practice, Friday, May 5, 2017, at the team's practice facility in Cranberry, Pa. The Penguins went into the second intermission with a lead having won 37 of 39 games in that spot during the regular season and all six in the playoffs. It was Ovechkin's 10th goal and 20th point in 19 career playoff elimination games, one more pile of dirt shoveled on to the exhausted narrative that he disappears at the most pressurized times.

Now down 2-0 in the series, the Marlies get a breather, returning home to play the next two games at Ricoh on Tuesday and Wednesday. In fact, it hasn't even really been all that close.

Perry scored 6:57 into the second OT after the Ducks rallied from a three-goal deficit in the final minutes of regulation, completing a spectacular 4-3 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers and seizing a 3-2 lead in their second-round playoff series.

Michael Grabner appeared to win it for the Rangers less than 5 minutes into overtime, but it was disallowed because his redirection came on a high-stick.

Washington got the only goal of the first on the same power play. Pittsburgh managed just 3 shots in the opening frame. Or better yet, if his team plays so well he doesn't have to steal any games.

The Pens were 3-0 against the Capitals in last year's series.

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Teams that win Game 5 when a series is tied 2-2 have gone on to win 78.7 per cent of the time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, including a flawless 3-0 in 2017. Just two years ago, Kuznetsov's deployment was mostly sheltered to the offensive zone because Trotz didn't trust him yet.

Burakovsky and John Carlson tacked on two more goals for Washington. Washington had 40 shot attempts to Pittsburgh's 21, 18 shots on goal to Pittsburgh's 10.

The Capitals were able to avoid elimination on Saturday, but doing it again on the road against a team has experienced and talented as the Pittsburgh Penguins is asking too much. "In these tight games, we need our best players to step up and do the hard work and be difference makers and I think that's what they were tonight". "I think there's a growth pattern where you're a player that you want to have good stats or you want to be successful, and then there's a period of time where you're under the radar a little bit and you still want to be under the radar". Actually getting pucks past the Pittsburgh netminder could be a different story, however.

This is the fourth time the Penguins and Capitals will meet in a Game 7. Those three losses? Games 1 through 3 of this series. Through the first four games of the series, Fleury had stopped 93.7 per cent of shots, which is bordering on otherworldly. Saturday was the first time in the series Fleury posted a sub-.900 SP, though, and while it would seem foolish to suggest one game means the Capitals have suddenly figured out how to beat this seemingly new-look playoff Fleury, blasting four pucks past the netminder is a positive sign for Washington.

"We just have to have a short memory and get back for Game 6", Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin said.

The Capitals lineup changes paid dividends as they received a big even-strength goal from each one of their star players who were on three separate lines.

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