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Andre Burakovsky thrives on Capitals' top line in Game 6 vs. Penguins

Forward scores two goals, helps push Eastern Conference Second Round to limit

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky had three goals in 33 career Stanley Cup Playoff games before he was placed on the top line over the weekend.

Now he has six goals.

Burakovsky scored twice in a 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at PPG Paints Arena on Monday.

The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3. Game 7 is at Washington on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

"I think everything is coming with confidence," Burakovsky said. "I mean, during this whole playoff, I think I've been creating so many chances, and the only thing I've been missing is to maybe hit the net. I've been working on it in practice and been watching video, what I can do to find success, and obviously it's working pretty good for me."


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Prior to Game 5 on Saturday with Washington trailing 3-1 in the series, coach Barry Trotz moved Burakovsky to the first line with T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom. Alex Ovechkin was placed on the third line with Lars Eller and Tom Wilson.

The move has paid dividends; Washington's top line accounted for three even-strength goals in Game 6. Backstrom scored 16 seconds into the third period and Burakovsky scored goals in the first and third. Oshie scored a power-play goal in the first, assisted by Backstrom.

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"I think we're just battling really hard for each other," Oshie said. "I mean, if someone misses their play, we step up and help each other. I think we're putting a lot of pucks deep and working hard on the Ds, and that way we're finding a lot of opportunities. We had all the keys for success and we just work off each other."

Burakovsky is tapping into the physical side of his game too. On his second goal, Burakovsky muscled Penguins defenseman Ron Hainsey off the puck on an odd-man rush and scored with a top-shelf wrist shot.

"I think that was a confidence boost going out there with [Backstrom] and [Oshie]," Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen said. "It's nice to see him get some chances and bury them too. He has that ability and I think he's got a very, very high ceiling."

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