Penguins Crush Capitals in Game 7 to Move to Conference Finals
In the deciding game 7 between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, the Penguins scored 5 unanswered goals in the first half of the game and went on to win 6-2. Five of the other games in the series had been decided by just one goal, with the sixth being decided by two. The dismantling in game 7 led by star Sidney Crosby, was certainly a shocking result.
Crosby opened up the scoring on a Penguins power play 12 minutes into the first period. Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin tallied assists on the goal. Just 8 seconds later Craig Adams scored his first goal of the postseason to extend the lead to 2-0. Bill Guerin scored with the help of a Crosby assist less than 30 seconds into the second period. A minute and a half after that, Kris Letang scored and Malkin grabbed his second assist.
Midway through the period Jordan Staal grabbed his second of the playoffs. Finally, with two minutes left in the session Alex Ovechkin scored his 11 th and final goal of the playoffs with a wrap around to stop the bleeding. Of course it was far too little and far too late. Crosby added another power play goal two minutes into the third. The Capitals were able to score once more a few minutes later on a Brooks Laich backhand, producing the final 6-2 score.
The game was mostly penalty free, and the shot disparity was not that wide, with Pittsburgh having a 30-21 advantage. They just clicked on more cylinders than the Capitals did and the results were easy to see.
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Crosby and company advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year and await the winner of the Bruins and Hurricanes series. For the Western Conference Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks are awaiting the winner of the Red Wings and Ducks match up.
By Jake Emen
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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