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2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs proving no lead is safe

Postseason has seen teams come back from down multiple goals to win 14 times

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are proving once again that no lead is safe.

The Anaheim Ducks' 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday was their fourth after trailing by two or more goals and the 14th playoff game this season when a team has rallied from down multiple goals to win. That is one short of the playoff record of 15 that was set in 2014, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Here's a look back at the 14 multigoal comeback wins:

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NHL LiveWire: Penguins at Capitals, Game 7

Pittsburgh's Bryan Rust, Washington's Alex Ovechkin mic'd up in Eastern Conference Second Round

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NHL LiveWire: PIT vs. WSH, Gm7

Penguins, Capitals mic'd up for do-or-die Game 7

Listen in as the Penguins vanquish the Capitals in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference Final

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Each night through the second round, NHL LiveWire will take fans inside the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Penguins winning without playing best hockey

Pittsburgh into Eastern Conference Final against Senators despite being worst possession team in playoffs

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

Can the worst possession team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs win it all?

Ordinarily, no.

In this case, yes.

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5 Reasons: Why Capitals were eliminated

Goaltending, missed opportunities among reasons Washington lost to Penguins in second round

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- For the second straight year, the Washington Capitals were eliminated from the Eastern Conference Second Round by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Capitals forced a Game 7 after trailing 3-1 in the best-of-7 series, but lost 2-0 on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh is headed to its second consecutive Eastern Conference Final; Washington's last appearance there was 1998.

Here are 5 reasons the Capitals were eliminated:

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5 Reasons: Why Penguins advanced

Overcoming injury to center Sidney Crosby, play of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury fueled Pittsburgh's return to conference final

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins probably were outplayed throughout most of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Washington Capitals.

Despite that, the Penguins won the best-of-7 series 4-3 to move on to the conference final for a second consecutive season. Pittsburgh got there by responding to adversity in a way that would be expected of a defending Stanley Cup champion.

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Penguins show mettle in Game 7 win against Capitals

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury gets shutout, helps Pittsburgh advance to Eastern Conference Final

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @Cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

WASHINGTON -- The puck flew off the stick of the greatest goal scorer of this generation. Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin put so much into the one-timer from the slot that he dropped to one knee.

But Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury slid on his knees to his right and got the shaft of his stick on the puck. In a blur, it flew out of play as the Verizon Center crowd howled in anguish.

Fleury gave his stick some love and grinned behind his mask like a thief.

"I talked to my stick maybe," Fleury said. "I said a little thank you. 'Good job.' "

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Capitals come up short again with Game 7 loss to Penguins

Washington's bid to reach Eastern Conference Final for first time since 1998 ends in second round

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals filed off the ice looking as if they were in a sort of trance.

Dazed and confused following their 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Verizon Center on Wednesday, the Capitals didn't have a lot of answers for what had gone wrong.

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Matchup: Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin, Game 7

Penguins center has assist on winning goal; Capitals left wing minus-2 with four shots in loss

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @Cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

WASHINGTON -- The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Verizon Center on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh will play the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Final.

Here is a breakdown of the matchup within the matchup between Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin:

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Penguins shut out Capitals to win Game 7, reach Eastern Final

Marc-Andre Fleury makes 29 saves to eliminate Washington

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are going back to the Eastern Conference Final, trying to get back to the Stanley Cup Final.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in a 2-0 win against the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Verizon Center on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh won after losing Games 3, 5 and 6.

"It was a long series against a good team," Fleury said. "They came hard at us till the end, and we're proud of the way we played tonight and the way we handled the pressure and these guys over the series."

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Justin Williams of Capitals thrives in Game 7

Forward brings 7-0 record into deciding contest against Penguins

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. --  On the morning of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), everyone was watching to see what "Mr. Game 7," Washington forward Justin Williams, would do.

Most of the Capitals were on the ice warming up for their morning skate with Williams nowhere to be seen. But that's normal.

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