This game recap is a few days late – sorry! The weekend was super busy.
The Penguins lost 3-6 to the Capitals. Pens had a strong first two periods, but collapsed in the 3rd, scoring no goals and giving up 4 to the Capitals. Caps lead series 3-2, game 6 is tonight in Pittsburgh at 7 PM on NBCSN.
* This morning Mike Sullivan said that hockey is a game of mistakes. The Pens made a couple in the third period that Washington capitalized on for the tying and game-winning goals. The tying tally in particular was the biggest breakdown, and the Caps got a lot of momentum from it. On the play, defensemen Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin both ended up on the same side of the ice, opening up the other side for Evgeny Kuznetsov. He was sprung on a breakaway and tied the game at 3-3. It was the first of four unanswered goals, two of them empty-netters. – SNAP SHOTS
May 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) battle for the puck during the first period in game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana (13), from the Czech Republic, scores the go-ahead goal past Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) and defenseman Kris Letang (58) during the third period of Game 5 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 29: Washington Capitals right wing Brett Connolly (10) scores a second period goal against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) on April 29, 2018, at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. in the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)