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Washington Capitals (55-19-8)


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W 2-1
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L 2-3
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L 2-6
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Penguins chase Holtby, beat Capitals to take 2-0 series lead

WASHINGTON (AP) When Sidney Crosby wasn't beating the Washington Capitals putting the puck through his legs, he was doing it belly down on the ice.

No matter the unconventional plays or style of game, Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are rolling after beating the Capitals 6-2 in Game 2 Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series between the NHL's top two teams. Crosby set up two goals and Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel each scored two as Pittsburgh chased reigning Vezina Trophy winner and finalist Braden Holtby to go home in total command.

"I think we've got a gritty group out there, scrappy," coach Mike Sullivan said. "It's not perfect by any stretch out there. We're aware of that, we know that. But what I love about this group of players is that they respond the right way and they've shown and ability to do that time and time again and I think this group finds ways to have success."

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Leaders
Points: N. Backstrom86
Plus/Minus: B. Orpik32
Shots on Goal: A. Ovechkin313
PIM: T. Wilson133
Win: B. Holtby42
Shutouts: B. Holtby9
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 261 (3)
Shots: 2495 (13)
PP%: 23.1% (4)
Penalty Minutes: 750 (17)
Assists: 453 (2)
SH Goals: 5 (22)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
xyz-Washington 55 19 8 118
x-Pittsburgh 50 21 11 111
x-Columbus 50 24 8 108
x-NY Rangers 48 28 6 102
NY Islanders 41 29 12 94
Philadelphia 39 33 10 88
Carolina 36 31 15 87
New Jersey 28 40 14 70
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 177 (30)
Shots Against: 2282 (27)
PK%: 83.8% (7)
Penalty Minutes: 711 (17)
Shutouts: 12 (1)
Sv%: 0.922 (2)
Injuries
Date Player Status
4/17 K. Alzner Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/28 C. Stephenson Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
4/21 C. Stephenson Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/11 C. Stephenson Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
4/10 G. Mitchell Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
4/10 B. Malenstyn Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
4/9 C. Stephenson Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/9 G. Mitchell Called up from minors from Hershey-AHL
4/8 P. Carey Called up from minors Hershey-AHL
4/1 P. Carey Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
3/30 G. Pilon Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
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