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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.