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Round 2, Gm 2: Penguins at Capitals

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Penguins willing to be ones 'taking that punch'

Pittsburgh toughness on display in tied series against Capitals

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- Years of coaching against the Pittsburgh Penguins helped Mike Sullivan be certain of the one area he had to focus on when he got the job to coach Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the rest.

Sullivan, whether behind the bench as an assistant with the New York Rangers or the Vancouver Canucks from 2009-14, always thought the Penguins were a team that lacked the resiliency necessary to win on the big stage, in the big moment. Essentially, he thought they were thin-skinned, easy pickings, easy to knock off their game, to rattle.

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After Game 2 loss, Capitals know they must be better

Washington split first two games against Pittsburgh despite being outplayed for long stretches

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Two games into their Eastern Conference Second Round series, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins are tied at one win apiece. That's probably where each team thought it would be before the series began.

But the way the Capitals have gotten to this point has to be of some concern.

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Penguins use five defensemen after Maatta injury

Pittsburgh able to defeat Capitals in Game 2, tie series

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta did not return after getting hit high and hard by Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik at 4:13 of the first period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Verizon Center on Saturday.

The Penguins won 2-1 despite having to play with five defensemen for more than 55 minutes. Orpik received a two-minute minor for interference on the play.

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Crosby vs. Ovechkin, Game 2

No points for either player in Pittsburgh's 2-1 series-tying victory

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Pittsburgh Penguins got even in the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Washington Capitals with a 2-1 win in Game 2 at Verizon Center on Saturday. The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.

Here is a look inside the in-game and in-series matchup between Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Penguins center Sidney Crosby. Each player was quiet again in Game 2:

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Instant analysis: Penguins at Capitals, Game 2

Fehr scores late, Pittsburgh controls pace to even series with Washington

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series Saturday at Verizon Center. The Penguins evened the best-of-7 series at 1-1.

Carl Hagelin scored 7:08 into the second period to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. The Capitals pulled even at 1-1 with a power-play goal from Marcus Johansson 4:08 into the third period.

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Penguins score in 3rd to win Game 2 against Capitals

Pittsburgh evens series on goal by former Washington forward Fehr

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Eric Fehr has scored in Verizon Center before, but this one was a little more special.

Fehr's goal with 4:28 remaining in the third period gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Verizon Center on Saturday.

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Penguins D-man Maatta leaves Game 2

Injured in first period on hit by Capitals defenseman Orpik

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Penguins' Maatta leaves Game 2

PIT@WSH, Gm2: Maatta shaken up after hit

R2, Gm2: Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta exits in 1st period after hit by Brooks Orpik

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta left Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals in the first period Saturday after he was hit by Brooks Orpik.

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Penguins' Kunitz game-time decision

Pittsburgh forward hit in ear by puck during Game 1 against Washington

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz will be a game-time decision for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Kunitz took part in the morning skate.

"He's feeling better," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

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5 Keys: Penguins at Capitals, Game 2

Washington, Pittsburgh looking to assert their preferred style

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Verizon Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). The Capitals won 4-3 in overtime in Game 1 on Thursday.

Here are 5 Keys for Game 2:

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Capitals' Orlov must improve in Game 2

Defenseman focuses on eliminating mistakes after Game 1 benching against Penguins

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- After an odd-man rush in the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round led to a Pittsburgh Penguins goal that tied the game, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz benched defenseman Dmitry Orlov for nearly an entire period.

Washington won 4-3 in overtime on T.J. Oshie's hat-trick goal. Trotz said after the game he wasn't happy with Orlov's work on the play that led to the goal but he's not dwelling on it.

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