Capitals keep season alive with decisive Game 6 victory in Pittsburgh ?>

Capitals keep season alive with decisive Game 6 victory in Pittsburgh

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The home crowd arrived in anticipation of a celebratory atmosphere, but any enthusiasm quickly fizzled as the Caps defeated the Penguins 5-2 at PPG Paints Arena.

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It was a thorough domination from start to finish. T.J Oshie got the ball rolling, converting on a tic-tac-toe passing play with the man-advantage to put the Capitals ahead 1-0 at the 12:41 mark of the first period.

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, who had been out with a concussion during this series, took a nasty headfirst spill into the boards, but was nonetheless back on the ice for the second period.

Cheap Robby Fabbri jersey Just over six minutes in, darted in on and willed the puck across the goal line to double the lead for Washington. At around the midway point of the period, the shots were 15-5 in favor of the Capitals, though events on the ice made the Pens’ situation appear even more dire.

, who’d assisted on Oshie’s goal in the first period, extended the Caps’ lead to 3-0 just 16 seconds into the third period, beating Fleury with a perfect wrist shot. Later, defenseman , who played 22:49 in the hockey game, launched a rocket from the blue line for another power play goal to put Washington ahead 4-0.

Shortly thereafter, it was Burakovsky again on a breakway, pulling up to evade a diving Pittsburgh defender and then letting a wrister go that beat Fleury to make it 5-0.

The Penguins, to their credit, didn’t go down without a fight. Crosby forced a turnover and then found Jake Guentzel in front to cut Washington’s lead to 5-1. It was Guentzel’s playoff-leading ninth goal and Crosby’s 97th-career postseason assist, a new Penguins record.

then pulled the Pens to within three, but it was too little, too late. The Capitals took the game by a final score of 5-2.

3. Nicklas Backstrom Jerseys (Capitals) – Notched a goal and an assist, registering the tally that arguably made the biggest difference by reinforcing his team’s dominance early in the third period.

2. TJ Oshie (Capitals) – Scored the power play goal that propelled the Capitals’ offense in the hockey game and also assisted on Backstrom’s third period goal.

1. Andre Burakovsky Jerseys (Capitals) – Two huge goals for a team that needed them tonight. He was the best player on the ice for either team. 

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