Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals: Game 7 prediction

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OKish, maybe. Certainly not playing at the level he did during the regular season, not remotely like he did in Pittsburgh's wins in Games 1 and 2 in Washington.

"We need to get more zone time", Crosby said. They didn't have much five-on-five continuity to begin with, and having to spend so much time on the penalty kill broke it up even more.

Andre Burakovsky scored twice as the Washington Capitals thrashed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 to level their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Monday.

Now, not only do the Washington Capitals have the momentum, but they also have the advantage of home ice for Wednesday's Game 7. Anyone who watched Crosby go headfirst into the boards late in the first period of Game 6 against the Washington Capitals had a hard time understanding how the concussion spotters, both at the PPG Paints Arena and in the player safety room in NY, could not have immediately ordered him off the Penguins' bench and off the ice for further observation.

Backed up to the precipice against a rival that's tormented them for decades, the Capitals finally punched back. The strong start became a strong second period, and they kept on coming.

Let's state a few facts, in rather random order: Sidney Crosby is one of the, if not absolutely the, best hockey players in the world.

Despite his previous concussion, and despite looking dazed after the fall, the NHL's concussion "spotters" - people in NY who watch all games and have the authority to remove a player from action to be evaluated for a concussion - did not remove Crosby from the game.

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On the day before the Washington Capitals faced elimination for the second consecutive game, coach Barry Trotz shared his expectations for what he wanted to see out of his team. "The fun part is the obstacle, and the obstacle is a good team in Pittsburgh". That was a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of the Cup Final as, you guessed it, Williams sealed it with an empty-netter.

The heavier Capitals seem to be wearing down the Penguins, who lost defenseman Kris Letang and goalie Matt Murray before the series.

"We've got to have a short memory", Sullivan said.

Game 7 is Wednesday night at Anaheim, with the victor advancing to face the Nashville Predators in the conference finals. It has shown on the shot chart where the Penguins have been bleeding an nearly unheard of number of shots against and have been the worst possession team in the playoffs. There are areas we have addressed nearly daily, certainly game in and game out, where we know we can be better as a group and we work on that. "If we can hold onto the puck a little bit more, we should get more shots".

But still, fans and the media continue to question why he wasn't pulled from the game and checked out.

Honestly, I'm not sure which would be worse. "But there might be something to it. That's going to be a tough task but I think it's something we have the right guys and the right mentality right now to do that". Pittsburgh's offense is a quick strike, counteroffensive team that likes turning mistakes into odd man rushes and their speed makes those counters lethal.

After the game, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby wasn't evaluated for a concussion after the first intermission. "The shot (count) is an indication of that".

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