The Washington Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 in Round 1 and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2. Now the Captials and the Penguins go head to head in Round 2 once again. The Penguins had won 9 of 10 matchups going into Round 2. Is this the year the Capitals eliminate the Penguins for their chance for the Stanley Cup?
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round looked in favor of the Capitals when Kuznetsov scored with only 17 seconds running off the clock in the first. The Penguins held tight and took the lead and the win. The top line of the Penguins scored a goal a piece to keep the playoffs rolling. Matt Murray came out with 32 saves while keeping his cool when it meant the most. The Capitals (+125) needed to pull things together and tie up the series in Game 2. The Penguins are not like the Capitals First Round opponents the Blue Jackets and they knew they ad to contain the top line in Game 2. The Vegas odds favorite for Game 3 is the Pittsburgh Penguins listed at -1 1/2 (+205) and the road dog Washington Capitals listed at +1 1/2 (-245). For the over/under bettor the game total is listed at 5 1/2(-105)u and 5 1/2(-115)o.
The Washington Capitals came out fighting in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Second Round. The Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby made 32 saves in the 4-1 win against the Penguins at Capital One Arena. Pittsburgh's center Evengi Malkin was out for Game 2 with a lower-body injury sustained in a collision with Jori Lehtera of Philadelphia flyers. The Penguins (-145) certainly had opportunities to score but could not overcome the two goal deficit at the end of the first period. Alex Ovechkin scored unassisted 1:26 in the first period the Jakub Vrna scored at the end of the first. Brett Connolly scored 2:08 into the second period and finally the Penguins Kris Letang scored their first and only goal at the end of the period. Backstrom was the last to score for the Capitals on an empty-net.
The Capitals will be on the odds favorite Pittsburgh ice for Game 3 on Tuesday, May 1st at 7:30pm. Can the Penguins take the lead in the best of seven series? Will the Penguins make it a 3rd straight Stanley Cup Championship?