Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards

A three-time Cup victor, Williams is 7-0 with seven goals and seven assists in seven chances in Game 7. "Both teams gotta win a hockey game". We thought that Game 7 was a preview of more of these moments to come.

Just like we all predicted. He came away victorious seven times. A surging Capitals team hitting its stride vs. a Penguins team looking to dig deep for one more win and see what happens from there. The Capitals were the best team in the National Hockey League during the regular season but were down 3-1 in their series against the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Capitals have forced the Pittsburgh Penguins into a victor take all showdown on Wednesday in Verizon. This is where I think everyone is just giving concussions and their consequences lip service.

"One of the things about being a captain is you have to worry about everybody else first to be a good captain and Alex is doing that", Trotz said. He scored twice in Game 1, picked up a pair of assists in Game 2 and had seven points in five games against the Blue Jackets in the first round.

Then turn to Matt Cullen. Ovechkin is 31 years old and will be playing in his 97th career playoff game on Wednesday night yet he's never played in the Eastern Conference Finals.

A week removed from a concussion that sidelined him for a game, Crosby ended up skating slowly off the ice after what he described as having the wind knocked out of him. After all, that's what makes them the best in the world at what they do. We've dealt with it in the past.

So let's not miss an opportunity to stick our thumb on the wound just one more time. Through the regular season and the playoffs combined, the Caps have scored only once at 4-on-4.

"We know our recipe for success. We're going to have to play really, really well to beat them".

Minus Crosby, Penguins edge Capitals 3-2 to take 3-1 lead
Let's discuss rather how the Penguins can still win this series and advance to their second straight Eastern Conference Final. And yet, with all the chips stacked in the Capitals favor, they were unable to deliver in a 3-2 Game 4 loss Wednesday night.

This Game 7 has the potential to have that kind of profound effect. Oshie snipe on the power play for his first goal of the series.

- Though there wasn't much to like in the Penguins' 5-2 Game 6 loss at PPG Paints Arena, there were some players who played well with their new lines. He set up both of Rust's goals against Tampa Bay last season. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 21 saves and received little help in front him.

Fleury has allowed nine goals on 58 shots the past two games after nine on 142 shots the first four games against the Capitals. Andre Burakovsky has been the star of the show, notching three goals over the past two games.

Through six games, the Capitals have out-shot Pittsburgh 200-134. The win tied the series. Penguins winger Bryan Rust collides with Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) during the third period of Game 6 of Pittsburgh and Washington's Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference semifinal series.

In order for the Penguins to win Game 7, they will have to come out with the same fire the Capitals brought out for Games 6 and 7; Sullivan will demand nothing less. In the three games the Caps have won, the Penguins blocked only 17 shots per game. But Crosby and coach Mike Sullivan said he was checked by a doctor and not put into the NHL's concussion protocol. Or, will Ovechkin finally shed some demons and banish the Penguins? I think there are certain points when we caught out there because we're not able to get enough zone time or they're able to get momentum.

"I think that's up to you to understand all that different stuff". That's not only the best in National Hockey League postseason history. On a lesser scale, the San Jose Sharks finally re-wrote history previous year by reaching the final - something few thought would ever be possible with a lineup that included Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski.

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