No finish, bad goaltending doom Caps
The Capitals blasted out of the gate in Game 2 but a lack of scoring and a poor performance by goalie Braden Holtby mean the never-say-die Penguins are going home up 2-0 in the series.
Kessel fuels Penguins with 2 goals.
Phil Kessel finds the net twice in Game 2 against the Capitals as the Penguins go on to win by a score of 6-2.
It's just about the worst case scenario for the Washington Capitals. For two games in Washington, they outplayed the Pittsburgh Penguins for long stretches. And lose them both. It's not impossible for the Capitals to bounce back from their 6-2 Game 2 loss to the Penguins, but it starts with goalie Braden Holtby reverting to his previous Vezina form. The Capitals have now lost all margin of error in this series.
Pageau's fourth goal of game an OT winner
Jean-Gabriel Pageau forced OT with two goals in the 3rd period and then sent everyone home with his fourth goal of the game early in the second overtime giving the Senators the 2-0 series lead.
Pageau's fourth goal gives Sens win in double OT.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau skates into the zone and rips wrister past Henrik Lundqvist to give Ottawa the victory in double overtime.
Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau is the first player with four goals in a playoff game since the Red Wings' Johan Franzen in 2010 against the Sharks. Pageau is the second player in NHL history to score four goals, including an overtime game-winner, in a postseason game. The other was Joffrey Lupul, who did it for the Mighty Ducks in May 2006 at the Avalanche in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals (source: Elias Sports Bureau).
It was chaos at the top of the NHL draft lottery, with three teams - the Devils, Flyers and Stars - winning their way into the top three. New Jersey wins the lottery, moving up from five to No. 1 with Flyers picking second and Stars third. Devils will get first crack at Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick, the two centers ranked at the top of the draft class. The Stars may be the biggest winners, adding a potential young star to a nucleus of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and John Klingberg that is already playoff caliber.
Sekera, Maroon score in Oilers' Game 2 win.
Andrej Sekera and Patrick Maroon tally goals as the Oilers defeat the Ducks 2-1 to take a 2-0 series lead.
No experience necessary for McDavid, Edmonton
Connor McDavid and the Oilers aren't intimidated by playing on the postseason stage or against veteran teams like the Anaheim Ducks. "We're comfortable in this position," says the 20-year-old captain.
Tarasenko scores twice in Blues' win.
Vladimir Tarasenko ties the game late in the first period with a power-play goal and then gives St. Louis the game-winning goal in the third to tie the series with Nashville.
Even though their power play misfired and goalie Jake Allen was less than stellar overall, the Blues escaped with a 3-2 win in Game 2. They failed to take advantage of the Predators' lack of discipline, going 1-for-5 on the power play, which can't happen again -- a wimpy power-play unit in the playoffs equals a quick exit. Plus, the Blues will need someone other than a resurgent Vladimir Tarasenko -- who was a beast -- and Colton Parayko to come up big. The Predators are just too deep.
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The Blackhawks send goalie Scott Darling to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2017 3rd-round pick. This is good value for Chicago since Darling was likely leaving as an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Carolina gets an early window to negotiate a deal with Darling, the best free agent goalie available. It appears the Hurricanes are finally addressing their goaltending, a first step towards getting in the playoffs next season.
Experts' predictions: Second-round playoff picks
The Washington Capitals made it through -- barely. Is this their year? Our experts predict the winners in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.
The best individual battles in Round 2
When the Penguins face the Capitals, keep an eye on Sidney Crosby against Nicklas Backstrom, not Alex Ovechkin. Here are three other one-on-one skirmishes we can't wait to see.
Top player matchups in each second-round series
Roman Josi-Vladimir Tarasenko. Connor McDavid-Ryan Kesler. Ryan McDonagh-Erik Karlsson. Who has the edge in these pivotal second-round matchups?
Toronto's Mike Babcock, Columbus' John Tortorella and Edmonton's Todd McLellan named the finalists for Jack Adams Award, given to coach of the year. All three definitely deserving of the honor, but Babcock has to be considered the favorite considering the incredible turnaround by the Leafs this season.
Breakout players of the second round
The playoffs are when less-heralded players emerge to score big goals and make key plays. So, who's going to rise to the occasion in the second round? Our writers make their picks.
Expect plenty of free-agent fireworks this summer
The expansion draft and a stagnant salary cap will likely trigger the busiest offseason in league history. Could Sharks stalwarts Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau leave San Jose?
Power Rankings: Penguins, Ducks, Predators lead playoff pack
The defending champs are firing on all cylinders despite being dinged by injuries, the Predators have become postseason darlings and the Ducks don't care if you underestimate them.
The defending champs are on firing on all cylinders despite being dinged by injuries, the Ducks don't care if you underestimate them, and the Predators have become postseason darlings.
The expansion draft and a stagnant salary cap will trigger the busiest offseason in league history, says Pierre LeBrun. Could Sharks stalwarts Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau leave San Jose?
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