Trotz: Backstrom a GTD for Game 6

May 08, 2018, 03:27
Trotz: Backstrom a GTD for Game 6

Well, no doubt these Capitals have made a tradition of greatness and success in the regular season, of late. Chandler Stephenson took the face-offs for the rest of the game after Backstrom blocked the shot. A monkey off the back situation. Ever. The Jets put themselves in position when they stunned Nashville by scoring four goals in the second period against Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne during a 6-2 romp in "Smashville" in Game 5, sending them home for Game 6 (9:30 p.m., NBCSN) with a chance to wrap up the series. "And regardless if Nick is playing or not, we're confident we can get a win here today".

And just how do you beat Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel and Matt Murray when their Penguin backs are up against a wall?

"We've done it before", Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin said. Pittsburgh knows what it takes to rebound in an elimination game and its star players will need to be at their best.

That could do it, yes. Only this time, it seems like this Capitals team is different, and this might actually be their year.

Pittsburgh has all the experience in the world to still win this in seven, so Washington has to manage their minds more than anything starting on Monday evening.

However, the injury to Backstrom's hand proved to be too much to bear.

The Penguins opened as minus-235 favorites (wager $235 to win $100); the total is at six goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. We felt like we could've won.

"That's playoff hockey", Trotz continues.

Two things can be true here: The Predators can absolutely clean things up in front of their goalie and not play a game that has structural breakdowns that give the Jets opportunities to get their offense rolling. Vrana got his second assist of the game on the play, springing Kuznetsov with a long pass. "I feel like the onus is on us as a team to make sure there we're complete with our game, and again, because of the opponent, it has to be that way".

"There's no ifs, ands or buts-we've got to do that".

"I think the playoffs build a lot of character", Trotz said. "Tanger's a guy that takes a lot of pride in his game". In this series, Washington has scored first in three of the five games. He has three goals and 10 assists in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games this year. On a night when Vrana scored the game-winner and added two assists, Holtby was the first star, and nobody would argue. We win one game there, come back (to Washington) and play a Game 7.

Averaging 27.5 saves per game with a.910 save percentage, Braden Holtby (41-23-5) has been the top option in goal for Washington this season. Will we be talking about a series-clinching victory?

"It comes down to character and the people we have in our dressing room", he said.

Vrana made coach Barry Trotz look like a genius for moving him to the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, replacing Devante Smith-Pelly in the second period. "Trust me. We're trying as hard as we can, and at the end of the day, that's all we can promise".

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