Ovechkin played through hamstring, knee injuries in playoffs

May 15, 2017

He was snakebitten. He was hurt.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s goal was his eighth during the 2017 playoffs, putting him second in Senators’ franchise history for the most goals in a single postseason.

Now that he has regained his mojo, Ryan – who scored the victor in a 4-3 overtime victory over Boston in Game 3 of the opening round – will be trying to help end the Penguins’ reign. Karlsson is averaging almost 29 minutes of ice time in the playoffs and his 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) lead the team. “You’re talking about someone who’s passionate, plays with joy, someone who’s got creativity in his game, someone who’s got a lot of competitive spirit in his game”, Trotz said. “We’ve got to make sure that we’re ready to play from the drop of the puck”. “I got fortunate that it found the back of the net”. Fleury finished with 33 saves.

It’s been a long time since the Penguins have scraped the bottom end of a rolling average chart for possession. “We won’t get excited too much”, said coach Guy Boucher. D Kevin Bieksa missed his seventh straight game, while F Patrick Eaves missed his fifth straight game with a leg injury.

Since the Game Seven loss Wednesday night, the figurative vultures have been out as Ovechkin’s future with the team has been openly debated by national media members.

Led by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals have made nine playoff appearances in the past 10 seasons and haven’t made it past the second round once. Two more games were on the schedule (January 12 & March 23), both won by the home team, Ottawa. He’s no Vezina victor, but he’s still a very good goalie in this league. “They just always find a way to respond the right way”.

“Stay humble, keep doing what we’re doing, it’s working but at the same time we know how good the team over there is and we’re not taking them lightly”, centre Zack Smith said. While Erik Karlsson didn’t record a point in Game 1, he still played in over 30 minutes, creating six shots on goal and blocking three shots.

The Penguins struggled to score all night, but it wasn’t for lack of opportunity. “We didn’t execute. The movement wasn’t there”.

“The passes weren’t crisp”, he said.

Jakob Silfverberg scored on the Ducks’ first shot, and John Gibson stopped 43 shots. He took a handsome no-look backhand pass from Ryan in the slot and fired it by Fleury on the glove side at 14:32 to silence the crowd.

Ottawa’s netminder turned away 27 of 28 shots in Game One at Pittsburgh, and is up to a.917 save percentage in 13 playoff contests.

Evgeni Malkin tops the National Hockey League season with 18 points (5G-13A) while captain Sidney Crosby has a 3-game assist run since returning from a concussion.

Getzlaf is third in the playoffs for scoring at 15 points, trailing Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins by just three points.

That ruined Anderson’s shot at his second shutout of the playoffs.

He also was asked whether major change should come, and he said, “obviously, it’s not working”. “I think we’re trimming it down to its simplest expression of what we have to do, and that’s to go out and put our game on the ice. I don’t think we need to describe the matchup here, I think everybody knows what it is”. We’ve waited for chances. I also said we didn’t get where we wanted to get to.

Alex Ovechkin of Capitals played through knee, hamstring injuries


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