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Capitals, Penguins to meet in Game 7

Winner will face Senators or Rangers in Eastern Conference Final

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins will face off in a Game 7 for the fourth time in their long and spirited rivalry on Wednesday, May 10, when the clubs decide their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The showdown for a berth in the Eastern Conference Final marks the first half of a Wednesday night Game 7 doubleheader. Following the Capitals-Penguins game, the Anaheim Ducks will play host to the Edmonton Oilers for a spot in the Western Conference Final (10 p.m., ET, NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports).

The Penguins have won each of their three previous Game 7s against the Capitals, in 1992, 1995 and 2009. Five Penguins who skated in the most recent contest eight years ago, a 6-2 win at Washington in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, remain with the club: Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang (injured) and Evgeni Malkin. Another player in the Pittsburgh lineup that night, Brooks Orpik, is now with the Capitals. Orpik is joined by three Capitals holdovers: Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle and Alex Ovechkin.

Capitals forward Justin Williams boasts a 7-0 lifetime record in Game 7s. In his most recent such appearance, for the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014 Western Conference Final at Chicago, Williams posted 1-1--2, including the primary assist on Alec Martinez's overtime winner. Williams upped his career Game 7 scoring totals to 7-7--14, passing Doug Gilmour (13) for the most points in Game 7 history and tying Glenn Anderson for most goals.

The Penguins travel to Washington owning a 5-0 road record in Game 7s, the best among all major pro sports franchises. Two of those five road wins have come against the Capitals, in 1992 at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md., and 2009 at Verizon Center. Penguins forward Carl Hagelin is 7-1 in eight career Game 7s, while teammate Matt Cullen is 5-0.

 

Game 7 Trends

* Home teams are 97-69 (.584) all-time in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including a 3-2 mark in 2016.

* The team that scores first is 124-42 all-time (.747), including a 5-0 mark in 2016.

* Forty Game 7s have required overtime (40-of-166, 24.1%). Home and road teams each have 20 wins.

 

Individual Game 7 Statistics

Washington, GP, W-L, G, A, Pts.
Karl Alzner, 6, 2-4, 0, 0, 0
Nicklas Backstrom, 9, 3-6, 1, 2, 3
Jay Beagle, 5, 2-3, 0, 0, 0
Andre Burakovsky, 2, 1-1, 0, 0, 0
John Carlson, 6, 2-4, 0, 2, 2
Lars Eller, 2, 1-1, 0, 0, 0
Marcus Johansson, 5, 2-3, 0, 1, 1
Evgeny Kuznetsov, 2, 1-1, 1, 0, 1
Matt Niskanen, 4, 1-3, 0, 0, 0
Brooks Orpik, 6, 3-3, 0, 2, 2
Alex Ovechkin, 9, 3-6, 3, 3, 6
Kevin Shattenkirk, 2, 2-0, 0, 1, 1
Justin Williams, 7, 7-0, 7, 7, 14
Tom Wilson, 3, 1-2, 0, 0, 0
Daniel Winnik, 3, 0-3, 0, 0, 0

 


GP, Mins, W-L, GAA, SO, Sv%
Braden Holtby, 5, 313, 2-3, 2.11, 0, .921


Date, Score, Dec., Shots
5/13/15, WSH 1 at NYR 2 (OT), Loss, 39
4/27/15, NYI 1 at WSH 2, Win, 11
5/13/13, NYR 5 at WSH 0, Loss, 27
5/12/12, WSH 1 at NYR 2, Loss, 31
4/25/12, WSH 2 at BOS 1 (OT), Win, 32


Washington Head Coach

Barry Trotz (1-1)

Date, Score, Dec.
5/13/15, WSH 1 at NYR 2 (OT), Loss
4/27/15, NYI 1 at WSH 2, Win


Pittsburgh, GP, W-L, G, A, Pts.
Nick Bonino, 3, 1-2, 0, 1, 1
Ian Cole, 1, 1-0, 0, 0, 0
Sidney Crosby, 5, 3-2, 2, 1, 3
Matt Cullen, 5, 5-0, 0, 3, 3
Trevor Daley, 1, 0-1, 0, 0, 0
Brian Dumoulin, 1, 1-0, 0, 0, 0
Carl Hagelin, 8, 7-1, 0, 2, 2
Patric Hornqvist, 1, 1-0, 0, 0, 0
Phil Kessel, 4, 1-3, 1, 2, 3
Tom Kuhnhackl, 1, 1-0, 0, 0, 0
Chris Kunitz, 7, 4-3, 1, 2, 3
Kris Letang, 6, 3-3, 1, 1, 2
Olli Maatta, 2, 1-1, 0, 1, 1
Evgeni Malkin, 5, 3-2, 0, 6, 6
Bryan Rust, 1, 1-0, 2, 0, 2
Justin Schultz, 1, 1-0, 0, 0, 0
Conor Sheary, 1, 1-0, 0, 0, 0
Mark Streit, 2, 1-1, 1, 0, 1

GP, Mins, W-L, GAA, SO, Sv%
M-A Fleury, 5, 262, 2-3, 2.29, 0, .901
Matt Murray, 1, 60, 1-0, 1.00, 0, .941


Marc-Andre Fleury

Date, Score, Dec., Shots
5/13/14, NYR 2 at PIT 1, Loss, 20
4/27/11, TBL 1 at PIT 0, Loss, 23
5/12/10, MTL 5 at PIT 2, Loss, 13
6/12/09, PIT 2 at DET 1, Win, 24
5/13/09, PIT 6 at WSH 2, Win, 21

 

Matt Murray

Date, Score, Dec., Shots
5/26/16, TBL 1 at PIT 2, Win, 17


Pittsburgh Head Coach

Mike Sullivan (1-1)

Date, Score, Dec.
5/26/16, TBL 1 at PIT 2, Win
4/19/04, MTL 2 at BOS 0, Loss
Team Game 7 Results


Washington Capitals (4-10)

5/13/15, Eastern Conference Second Round vs. NY Rangers (WSH 1 at NYR 2, OT)
4/27/15, Eastern Conference First Round vs. NY Islanders (NYI 1 at WSH 2)
5/13/13, Eastern Conference QF vs. NY Rangers (NYR 5 at WSH 0)
5/12/12, Eastern Conference SF vs. NY Rangers (WSH 1 at NYR 2)
4/25/12, Eastern Conference QF vs. Boston (WSH 2 at BOS 1, OT)
4/28/10, Eastern Conference QF vs. Montreal (MTL 2 at WSH 1)
5/13/09, Eastern Conference SF vs. Pittsburgh (PIT 6 at WSH 2)
4/28/09, Eastern Conference QF vs. NY Rangers (NYR 1 at WSH 2)
4/22/08, Eastern Conference QF vs. Philadelphia (PHI 3 at WSH 2, OT)
5/18/95, Eastern Conference QF vs. Pittsburgh (WSH 0 at PIT 3)
5/1/92, Patrick Division SF vs. Pittsburgh (PIT 3 at WSH 1)
4/30/88, Patrick Division Final vs. New Jersey (N.J. 3 at WSH 2)
4/16/88, Patrick Division SF vs. Philadelphia (PHI 4 at WSH 5, OT)
4/18/87, Patrick Division SF vs. NY Islanders (NYI 3 at WSH 2, 4OT)

Pittsburgh Penguins (8-7)

5/26/16, Eastern Conference Final vs. Tampa Bay (TBL 1 at PIT 2)
5/13/14, Eastern Conference Second Round vs. NY Rangers (NYR 2 at PIT 1)
4/27/11, Eastern Conference QF vs. Tampa Bay (TBL 1 at PIT 0)
5/12/10, Eastern Conference SF vs. Montreal (MTL 5 at PIT 2)
6/12/09, Stanley Cup Final vs. Detroit (PIT 2 at DET 1)
5/13/09, Eastern Conference SF vs. Washington (PIT 6 at WSH 2)
5/10/01, Eastern Conference SF vs. Buffalo (PIT 3 at BUF 2, OT)
5/4/99, Eastern Conference QF vs. New Jersey (PIT 4 at NJD 2)
6/1/96, Eastern Conference Final vs. Florida (FLA 3 at PIT 1)
5/18/95, Eastern Conference QF vs. Washington (WSH 0 at PIT 3)
5/14/93, Patrick Division Final vs. NY Islanders (NYI 4 at PIT 3, OT)
5/1/92, Patrick Division SF vs. Washington (PIT 3 at WSH 1)
4/15/91, Patrick Division SF vs. New Jersey (NJD 0 at PIT 4)
4/29/89, Patrick Division Final vs. Philadelphia (PHI 4 at PIT 1)
4/26/75, Quarterfinal vs. NY Islanders (NYI 1 at PIT 0)

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