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Capitals 'didn't want to give up' and lose Game 5

Improved power play, focused Holtby help extend series against Penguins

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals weren't ready to go home for the summer so they did something about it.

With the Capitals season on the line Saturday, they came through with a 3-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Verizon Center. They still trail the best-of-7 series 3-2, but they'll get to play a Game 6 at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN) and, if necessary, a Game 7 back at home on Thursday.

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Holtby has season-saving sequence for Capitals

Second-period stops help defeat Penguins in Game 5, extend series

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals don't need goalie Braden Holtby to be great all the time, just when it really matters.

He was in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, making 30 saves in a season-saving 3-1 win at Verizon Center on Saturday.

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Penguins penalty kill unsuccessful in Game 5 loss

Ovechkin, Oshie power-play goals for Capitals prove to be difference

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- There wasn't a good answer to the question because there wasn't anything good to really say about the Pittsburgh Penguins penalty kill Saturday.

Did the Washington Capitals scored two power-play goals because they have arguably the best power play in the NHL and it was bound to show up and make a difference in the Eastern Conference Second Round, or because of the Penguins penalty-kill deficiencies?

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Mistakes, lack of discipline cost Penguins in Game 5

Needless penalties, key turnovers help breathe new life into Capitals

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- They knew it was coming, this attack from the Washington Capitals. The Pittsburgh Penguins talked about it, prepared for it and accepted it as fact before it became reality Saturday, because they know teams facing elimination tend to play with desperation unseen before in the series.

The Penguins' problem is they fueled the Capitals' attack with their own blunders and bad penalties. They beat themselves as much as the Capitals beat them.

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Woman celebrates 101st birthday at first NHL game

Capitals fan also rides ice resurfacer during first intermission of Game 5 against Penguins

by NHL.com @NHL / NHL.com

101-year-old woman goes on a ride

101-year-old woman rides ice resurfacer

Gert Friedman, who will turn 101 years old in three days, attends her first hockey game and takes a trip on ice resurfacer at Verizon Center

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It's never too late to attend your first NHL game.

Gert Friedman, who will turn 101 years old on Tuesday, celebrated by going to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center on Saturday. 

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Instant analysis: Penguins at Capitals, Game 5

Ovechkin, Oshie each score power-play goal; Washington trails series 3-2

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Verizon Center on Saturday. The Capitals trail the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie led the way offensively for the Capitals with a power-play goal and assist apiece; the power play went 2-for-5. Justin Williams scored, and Braden Holtby made 30 saves and held the Penguins to fewer than two goals for the first time in the series.

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Stats: Crosby vs. Ovechkin, Game 5

Washington captain has power-play goal and assist in season-extending victory

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals avoided elimination by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round on Saturday.

The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2. Game 6 is in Pittsburgh on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

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Capitals win Game 5, extend series with Penguins

Washington forces Game 6 at Pittsburgh on Tuesday

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- After practice Friday, the Washington Capitals had a meeting and talked about the situation they were in: one loss from elimination in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

They realized their season could be over and decided to not let it end.

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Penguins' Fehr on other side now for Game 5

Can reach Eastern Conference Final by eliminating Capitals, his former team

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Eric Fehr isn't ready to embrace the irony of his situation, even though it's as obvious as the fact he will be in the lineup for Game 5 against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Fehr didn't play in Game 4 on Wednesday because of an undisclosed injury. He practiced the last two days and expects to play Saturday, saying he feels 100 percent.

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5 Keys: Penguins at Capitals, Game 5

Urgency on both sides, making most of matchups looming large

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins play Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Verizon Center on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.

Here are 5 keys for Game 5:

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