Penguins close out Capitals

Penguins close out Capitals

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) scores a goal past Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) during the second period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington.

In hockey, exaggerating a potential penalty to get a call against the opponent has always been part of the game - especially in the Stanley Cup playoffs, when everyone's looking for an edge - and embellishment is simply reality even though the NHL has taken steps to stop it for more than a generation.

"I think you have to be loose with a business-like attitude", said MacLean. "I really felt that in the Game 7 [against the San Jose Sharks] a year ago, the gas kind of ran out".

For the Capitals, that means more production from Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, and strong goaltending from Braden Holtby when the puck drops against the Penguins (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) for the chance to meet the Ottawa Senators in the East final. Pittsburgh will host Games 1 and 2, before the series shifts to Canada.

Game 1 is at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports). Defending champion Novak Djokovic recovered from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to defeat Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 and reach the third round at the Madrid Open. That being said, it'd be hard to blame any fans for feeling a bit uncomfortable watching this all play out the way it has. "Now it boils down to one".

"I don't know", he said. It's our turn to serve, and holding serve means that we go on. "We had some good looks early, we didn't convert".

Peters clings to the positive moments - Dale Hunter's Game 7 breakaway against Ron Hextall in 1988, or Joel Ward's victor against Boston in 2012. Trotz doesn't think it'll have anything to do with history.

"They showed a lot of resiliency", Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. I didn't think we'd be in this situation the way we were playing. After lighting him up for five goals in Game 6, it's clear that is no longer the case. "But I thought our game was really, really quite good in both those Game 7s".

While the Capitals ceded that pair of goals to eager Penguins attackers, Marc-André Fleury shut down everything that came at him.

They say anything can happen in Game 7's and tonight was a great example. "We win and lose as a team".

The league added centralized spotters this season who have the authority to remove players if they see symptoms of a concussion, like the NFL.

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The proof is hanging in the closet in Bruce Peters' home in Waldorf, Maryland, about 30 miles away from where the Presidents' Trophy winners will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 on Wednesday night with a spot in the Eastern Conference finals at stake. Pittsburgh only allowed six shots, six.

The Cavaliers and Warriors haven't lost a game in the first two rounds as they will likely meet in the NBA Finals for the third-consecutive season.

"We're not in this position if he doesn't play the way he has", Crosby said.

Crosby continues to play but isn't pleased that he keeps getting questioned.

"At least the Caps have given you a glimmer of hope, something to root for", he said.

On Wednesday, Murray suited up from the first time since then to serve as Fleurys backup.

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin finished the playoffs playing through a lower-body injury that required pain-numbing injections.

If the Capitals have found a hole on the goaltender's glove side they're not saying. A three-time Cup victor, Williams is 7-0 with seven goals and seven assists in seven chances in Game 7.

Drake Caggiula got credit for a goal 3:31 into the first period for the Oilers, and Cam Talbot made 28 saves. That was a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of the Cup Final that as, you guessed it, Williams sealed it with an empty-netter.

Note: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban has been fined $2,000 for embellishment after taking a hit from St. Louis Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson during their Western Conference semifinal.

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