Game 7 Preview: Penguins @ Capitals

Game 7 Graphic Penguins @ Capitals

The stage is set for a Game 7 matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.  On Wednesday evening, it will arguably be the biggest night in DC sports history in years.  Puck drop is at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN.

After blasting the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 5-2 victory in Pittsburgh on Monday night, the Capitals have crawled their way back to tie the series.  The Capitals seem to have all the momentum heading in to Game 7.

Normally, I would preview both teams and feature the players to watch.  But first, I am going to give the Capitals a motivational tool.  The Capitals have the chance to rewrite history, so they are first going to receive some motivational videos to watch before Game 7.  Here are some of the best motivational speeches they can listen to before they enter the biggest game of their careers:

SYLVESTER STALLONE – ROCKY BALBOA

AL PACINO – ANY GIVEN SUNDAY

KURT RUSSELL – MIRACLE

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

The Penguins were held to just 18 shots in Game 6.  Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin had a combined 3 shots on goal in the game.  The “HBK” line was reunited before Game 6, but they received a dose of “Sweet Chin Music” and were held without a single point in Game 6.  For Game 7, it looks like the Penguins will juggle their line combinations:

While the Penguins did not generate many shots, they were 52% effective in the faceoff dot and they completely dominated the Capitals after the first 20 minutes in that area.  The Penguins lost defenseman Trevor Daley after Game 5, and it looks like he will remain on the shelf for Game 7.  He did not practice with the Penguins on Tuesday.

During Game 6, Sidney Crosby took a rough tumble into the boards.  He was slow to get up from the crash into the boards and he was evaluated in the first period by team doctors.  Some believe that the NHL concussion spotters should have pulled him from the game, but he appears to be good to go for Game 7.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

The Capitals went into Pittsburgh and did the unthinkable.  They played a complete game and they dominated the Penguins from start to finish.  The Capitals rewrote the script from last year’s Game 6, and now will have the ultimate chance at redemption in Game 7.

Since being moved to the top line, Andre Burakovsky has scored 3 goals.  His confidence has grown in the last 2 contests and he made a sweet hockey play for his first goal on Monday night.

The Capitals will need to play the best game of their career on Wednesday night.  If the Capitals want to continue to pound the Penguins into submission, they should try and score first in Game 7.  The Capitals will need to play a smart Game 7, but they do not need to let their emotions get the best of them in key situations.  If they can score early and often, the Verizon Center crowd will give them energy to compete for the entire 60 minutes.

If the Capitals are looking for a Game 7 hero, look no further than the man who wears #14 for them: Justin Williams.

The stage is set for one of the biggest nights in Capitals franchise history.  If they can defeat the Penguins in come-from-behind fashion, it will be simply glorious:

GAME 6 HIGHLIGHTS

SHAVINGS

By: George Foussekis

About George Foussekis

I am a sports fanatic. I love hockey and football, and I enjoy writing about my two favorite sports. I am a proud Old Dominion University alum.
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5 Responses to Game 7 Preview: Penguins @ Capitals

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  2. Catherine Hanks says:

    We are going to win tonight and rewrite history CAPS are playing together and well and our defense is on fire.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I love the Caps and have followed them from the 1st season. They have an opportunity to exercise some of their 7th game demons. There are a lot of game 7 demons. Would be ironic if they come back and win series after being down 3-1. Lets go Caps.

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