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Game Preview: Pens-Caps (Game 3)

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens host the Capitals in Game 3. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Capitals

SERIES: Second Round, 2-0 PIT

TIME: 7:30 p.m. EST

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: NBCSN

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens swept the opening 2 games of the series in Washington following their 6-2 win on Saturday night … Phil Kessel had 2 goals and 3 points in Game 2, including a power-play goal … Rookie Jake Guentzel picked up 2 goals in Game 2. H leads the team with 7 playoff tallies … Sidney Crosby notched 2 assists in Game 2 and ranks 2nd (tied) on the team in scoring with 11 points … Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has stopped 59 of 62 shots this series and 116 of the last 122 (2.00 GAA, .951 save percentage) … Pittsburgh injuries: Patric Hornqvist (lower-body), Kris Letang (herniated disc), Matt Murray (lower-body), Chad Ruhwedel (upper-body) … Alex Ovechkin had 2 assists in Game 2. He now has 24 points (11G-13A) in 15 career playoff games against the Pens. His 24 points rank 4th (tied) by an opponent in Pens' history … Nicklas Backstrom's assist in Game 2 gave him 47 playoff helpers in his career, tying Dale Hunter for most all-time in Caps' history … Goaltender Braden Holtby was pulled after allowing 3 goals on 14 shots in Game 2. He is 11-2 with 2 shutouts and .925 save percentage in games following being pulled … Washington injuries: Karl Alzner.

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*Missing Pens from the morning skate were Hornqvist, Brian Dumoulin and Carl Hagelin. Head coach Mike Sullivan said all players will be game-time decisions for Game 3. 

*The Pens used the following workflow…

Guentzel-Crosby-Rust

Kunitz-Malkin-Kessel

Wilson-Bonino-Sheary

Kuhnhackl-Cullen-Rowney

The defense rotated

*PP1: Schultz, Malkin, Kessel, Crosby, Guentzel

PP2: Maatta, Daley, Sheary, Rust, Bonino

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