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2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 Game 4: Alex’s Restaurant Massacree

In 1967, Arlo Guthrie recorded Alice’s Restaurant Massacree [ sic ], a “song”/story in two parts: part one is about Guthrie’s arrest in Stockbridge, MA for littering, and part two is about how that arrest affected his draft status for the Vietnam War.  Two years earlier, Guthrie had visited “Alice’s restaurant” for Thanksgiving Eve dinner (in reality, “Alice’s restaurant” was the converted church-home his friend Alice and her friend Ray lived in) and out of appreciation for the meal Guthrie and one of his friends took the trash from their home and attempted to dispose of it, only to end up dumping it illegally in a ravine.  Guthrie was called by the Stockbridge police department after finding an envelope with Ray’s name on it, and Guthrie turned himself in to the police department.  There were two possibilities Guthrie had concluded for what was to be done with him:

that the police would “give [Guthrie and his friend] a medal for being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn’t very likely”, or that the police would reprimand Guthrie and advise him “never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again”.

But there was the third possibility that Guthrie didn’t expect and that was to be arrested, and ultimately Guthrie and his friend were each fined $25 for littering and were ordered to clean up the garbage.

Now, I bring this up not only to save you from having to listen to that song, but also because I believed there were two possibilities about the Capitals’ game-plan for Game 3:

that they would continue to play as they had in Games 1 and 2, outshooting the Penguins and generally controlling play, which clearly wasn’t worki pens-score-game-2-rid-0.html. pens hockey schedule 2017ng, or that they would change their tactics a little bit and maybe that small tweaking would give them the edge they needed.

But as we saw, there was a third possibility that we didn’t expect and that was to injure Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary.

Mind you, I’m not saying that I believe the Capitals intended to injure either of them.  However, the Capitals were in a desperate situation heading into Game 3.  They’d lost the first two games at home despite outplaying the Penguins, really throwing everything they could at Marc-Andre Fleury and it wasn’t getting them anywhere.  It was clear that they could not keep up with Pittsburgh with all things being equal, so they did what they could to tip the scales.  By taking Crosby and Sheary out of the game, and with a little   a lot of help from the referees, they were able to escape Game 3 with a 3-2 OT win.  (Maybe they did intend to injure Crosby.  We’ll never know for sure.)  I do believe 100% that Ovechkin was trying to slash Crosby up high (which the refs missed calling a penalty on) and that Niskanen was going to take Crosby out after his transit through the slot.

The NHL has put itself into a really indefensible position with the Crosby incident.  They insist that the players should know the consequences of playing hockey, like it’s their fault for being concussed, and that really fits into the narrative of what happened Monday night.  By their expectations, when Alex Ovechkin slashed Crosby in the head and shoulders (and tried to trip him with a slew foot), Crosby should have just hit the ice.  It was Crosby’s fault for trying to stay in the play (like an elite athlete would), and it was hardly Matt Niskanen’s fault that Niskanen walloped him in the face.  Once the referees convened, they completely ignored what Ovechkin had done and punished Niskanen for holding the smoking gun; I’m pretty sure ejecting Niskanen was the refs’ attempt at making up for not calling anything on Ovechkin.  Furthermore, Niskanen and Ovechkin will get away with no further discipline, while it is entirely possible that Crosby could miss the rest of this series and/or the playoffs.

NBC chimed in with the fact that since Niskanen turned his head it shows he didn’t mean it. I have a gun to this guys head. I turn my head to look away but still pull the trigger. The guy is dead but at least I didn’t mean it.

Game 3 was an emotional roller-coaster.  By the time the Penguins tied the game 2-2 in the closing minutes of the third, Penguins fans everywhere had gone from absolute outrage to despondence to jubilation and finally to disappointment, but in the grand scheme of things there’s a lot of positivity to take away from their performance.  That they were able to hang in, keep the game close, then tie it late on two goals with the net empty (which I haven’t seen the Penguins pull off since…last year?) was a truly gutsy effort.  That the game was so close despite Crosby and Sheary (and Kris Letang and Matt Murray) being out of the game means that Pittsburgh has almost everything they need to beat the Capitals in this series without them.   Almost everything.

Washington will play Game 4 with still a lot of desperation and pressure, and it’s entirely possible that they will go out of their way in subtle or obvious ways to take Pittsburgh out of the game.  I wouldn’t anticipate Mike Sullivan telling his players to do anything different for Game 4.  The biggest problem I see for Pittsburgh is that they played their best game of the playoffs and lost.  That’s really been the story of this series so far: the team that plays best loses.  They had to put in a complete team effort but they were just unable to get the win.  The pressure had already been on them to push harder with Murray and Letang out of the lineup, and with Crosby and Sheary out for Game 4, they’ll have to push that much harder.  And if they have to continue pushing through the rest of the series, they’ll either have a hard-fought series win or or they’ll be out of gas by the end and fail.

All emotions aside, Game 4 represents a critical turning point for both the Capitals and the Penguins.  For the Capitals, it’s a chance to even this series back up, regain home-ice advantage, and head back to Washington for a best-of-three.  For Pittsburgh, they can push the Capitals closer to the brink of elimination with a 3-1 series lead.  The worst-case scenario for the Capitals is that they’ll have to play another game like Games 1 and 2 where they throw everything they have at the Penguins and they still lose.  They either have to establish an early lead or injure another crucial Penguin, because the crowd will be at full throat for blood and victory all night long if they don’t.  Without Crosby and Sheary, the Penguins will need all the support they can get.

There are people online saying the Penguins should dress Tom Sestito. These people would serve society better if they went and chewed on rocks all day. Adding Tom Sestito to this lineup achieves nothing. When he played in the regular season Sestito averaged 4 minutes a game. The team just played a game with 10 forwards, the last thing they need is to have to pick up slack from an inadequate active player. Secondly, Sestito is who these fans turn to in their minds to rough up and fight the opponent, but the dirty not so secret is Tom Sestito kind of sucks at fighting. In the absence of Crosby or Sheary or really anyone the Penguins need to do what they’ve done all year. Go to the Black Aces and call up the next speedy mother fucker that the Capitals can’t catch like they did with Jake Guentzel. If you don’t think that will work then you most likely don’t remember how Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary really proved themselves last year… it was in the playoffs… when they were “too inexperienced” to make an impact.

I don’t anticipate the Capitals to make any changes except they will probably attempt more point shots on the powerplay now instead of feeding Ovechkin. If I’m the Penguins I throw everything on Holtby. He has had a shaky series and now he knows that he can’t even hold a 2 goal lead when his team needs it. Jumping out to an early lead without your best player is what the Penguins will be going for, they will come out furious in the first period.

Losing Sidney Crosby is a huge blow for the Penguins. Some Washington fans have probably continued jerking it since the injury. What they don’t realize is you just gave 18 guys on the other team that have already bested you twice out of three a burning desire to do nothing more but destroy you. The Paint Can will be rocking. The Penguins will be rocking. You better get ready, because tonight is going to be something else.

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist and the resurgent Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2.

Crosby had only one point as the defending champion Penguins dropped two of the first three, leading to questions about his health following a jarring concussion in the second round.

Matt Murray made 22 saves in his first start of the playoffs after Marc-Andre Fleury was chased in the first period Wednesday night in the Penguins’ 5-1 loss in Game 3. Brian Dumoulin and Olli Maatta added goals to help Pittsburgh take a 3-0 lead midway through the second period.

Clarke MacArthur and Tom Pyatt scored for Ottawa.

Game 5 is Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Starting for the first time in more than six weeks, Murray made a strong stop on Mike Hoffman less than two minutes into the game and denied Viktor Stalberg on a pair of follow-up opportunities. The goalie made maybe his best stop on Derick Brassard’s backhander, kicking the shot away with his right pad.

Fleury started the first 15 games for Pittsburgh with Mur­ray mostly sidelined by injury.

Pittsburgh opened the scoring with 46 seconds left in the first period when Maatta went down the left side and fired a short-side shot past on Anderson. Crosby set up the play.

Pittsburgh’s already battered defense took another blow late in the first when Bobby Ryan hit Chad Ruhwedel. Ian Cole immediately throttled Ryan, as Ruhwedel was down on the ice. Ryan somehow escaped a charging penalty on the play, and Cole drew the only call for roughing.

The Pens are already without Kris Letang, who is done for the playoffs, and Justin Schultz, who missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

Crosby’s brilliance showed up again midway through the second on a power play after Jean-Gabriel Pageau ripped off the Pittsburgh star’s helmet in a scrum around the net.

Crosby stationed himself right on the doorstep to Ander­son’s left, his right leg hugging the post for support. That didn’t allow him to score on the initial setup from Jake Guentzel, but helped him to bang in the follow-up for the 2-0 lead. Guentzel had two assists.

Dumoulin made it 3-0 less than four minutes later with a shot from the left point that caromed in off Ottawa defenseman Dion Phaneuf’s skate.

Ottawa had mostly neutralized the high-powered Penguins in the first three games, holding them to just three goals — a mark they equaled in less than 32 minutes of Game 4. Pittsburgh seemed to find more speed, got more shots in tight and capitalized on opportunities around the net.

Following that initial flurry in the first, the Senators had little going right until the last two minutes of the second when Ryan found MacArthur with a crafty backdoor pass for Otta­wa’s first goal.

The Sens pulled within one with five minutes left when Pyatt got a skate on Erik Karlsson’s already-deflected point shot.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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Crosby Scores Twice, Bonino Has Winner As Pens Beat Caps April 27, 2017 10:41 PM Filed Under: Eastern Conference Semifinals , NHL , Pittsburgh Penguins , Stanley Cup Playoffs , Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.

Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin got much of the buzz heading into the showdown of two of NHL’s best teams, and Ovechkin collected his fourth goal of the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov tied it in the third, but Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 of his 32 saves in the final period to help the defending Stanley Cup champions to the victory.

Crosby was a threat to score just about every time he touched the puck. He beat Braden Holtby with his first two shots of the second period.

Holtby stopped 18 shots, but he allowed Bonino’s goal at 12:36.

Game 2 is Saturday night.

KDKA’s Rich Walsh has Post-Game from Washington DC —

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The Capitals had waited since their Game 6 overtime loss to the Penguins a year ago for another shot at them, and coach Barry Trotz was among many who said it felt right for these teams to meet again. The NHL’s divisional playoff format put the top two teams in the regular season on this crash course to meet in the second round for one of the most anticipated series since, well, last year.

A red-rocking Verizon Center was electric through a goal-less first period, and the sellout crowd got a chance to boo quickly in the second period. When Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen lost the puck battle with Patric Hornqvist in the neutral zone, Crosby finished on a 2-on-1 with Jake Guentzel 12 seconds in.

As public-address announcer Wes Johnson was just finishing announcing that goal, Holtby allowed a juicy rebound off Olli Maatta’s point shot that Hornqvist corralled and fed to Crosby for his second of the night. Within the first 64 seconds of the second period, Crosby had as many goals as he had points in the Penguins’ series against the Capitals last year.

Two days after saying he enjoys the battle against Crosby, Ovechkin answered in vintage fashion 18:17 into the second, firing a snap shot short side on Fleury. It was Ovechkin’s 11th goal in 14 career playoff games against Pittsburgh.

(Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Then Kuznetsov scored his first, finishing a powerful shift by hitting the empty net at 8:05 of the third period off a tape-to-tape pass from Niskanen. Bonino untied it with 7:24 left, taking a pass along the boards from Wilson and beating Holtby.

Fleury made a flurry of five saves with 3 minutes left to preserve the victory.

NOTES: LW Chris Kunitz returned to the Penguins’ lineup after missing the first round and final five games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. Kunitz appeared in his 107th playoff game, tying Hall of Famer/co-owner Mario Lemieux for fifth on the Penguins’ career list. … Pittsburgh LW Carl Hagelin remained out with a lower-body injury that has sidelined him since mid-March. … Capitals D Karl Alzner missed his fifth consecutive game with an upper-body injury. … Washington did not have a power play in a playoff game for the first time since Game 7 of the first round against the New York Islanders in 2015.

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