Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 5/10/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

"He's been standing on his head this whole series", said Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky, who scored his first goal of the playoffs Saturday. FILE- This May 13, 2009 file photo shows Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) making a save on Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russian Federation, during the first period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey sec. "FLEU-RY!" and might've planted enough of a seed of belief for the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury allowed five goals against the Capitals Monday night. Game 6 was the rare misfire. The Rangers won quickly in overtime, and Henrik Lundqvist lifted them to two more wins.

It's no stretch to say that the victor of Wednesday's Game 7 (7:30 p.m. ET) between the Penguins and Capitals will have the same lasting impact. It was the fourth reported concussion of his career. "We have a great team". "Once you do [win those games], you start believing in your team and yourself". The Capitals have forced the Pittsburgh Penguins into a victor take all showdown on Wednesday in Verizon. We need to play the same.

Pittsburgh's problem has been generating offense.

It feels like the Pittsburgh Penguins blew their chance to close out this series, and now the Capitals are in a comfortable spot where they'll be very confident on their home ice. Those spotters, working both from a centralized location via TV feed and from the stands of games themselves, have the power to trigger a player's removal from the game if they deem protocol necessary.

After the game, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby was never checked for symptoms of a concussion.

"But you have to give Washington credit as well". "We've been out-chancing them nearly every game and he's been saving them".

"If we do a little bit better job of (playing in their end), everything else will fall into place", Crosby said. We're talking about a simple check-in on the brain of one of the best players in hockey, and there's either a blatant miscommunication happening here or someone just isn't telling the truth. I mean, I just got tripped up there going pretty fast and went into the boards pretty awkwardly.

Trotz also had praise for how Ovechkin handled the switch. "Not one you want to take too often". In the Caps' three wins, Backstrom has three goals and two assists.

Where to start? The Caps and Pens have a ton of stories through just six games, including Sidney Crosby's concussion and the league's freaky response, the same exhausting claims that Alex Ovechkin can't bring it in big games and many others.

"Any guy that goes into the boards like that, the first thing is the trainer and the doctors, that's how it goes", Crosby said.

"It's frustrating", Sullivan said. "You've got an opportunity to win a game like this and win a series at home".

While the Capitals sniper has been relatively quiet during these playoffs - five goals and eight points in 12 games - it's not from a lack of effort. He went on to miss the rest of that game and sat out Game 4.

The proof is hanging in the closet in Bruce Peters' home in Waldorf, Maryland, about 30 miles away from where the Presidents' Trophy winners will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 on Wednesday night with a spot in the Eastern Conference finals at stake. In addition, Pittsburgh is 5-0 alltime in road Game 7s.

The NHL released a statement on Tuesday saying that the spotters did not have the authority to pull Crosby because this particular scenario is not included in their guidelines as a "mechanism of injury".

Washington can counter with "Mr".