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The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins will meet in a Game 7 for the fourth time and second time in the Sidney Crosby/Alex Ovechkin era.

Williams and the Hurricanes coach in that Game 7 against Edmonton was none other than Peter Laviolette, whos waiting for the Ducks or Oilers in the Western Conference final with the Nashville Predators.

Rangers confident: Though his team trails its East series 3-2, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said he believes his team's experience gives it an edge against the Senators, whom NY hosts Tuesday in a do-or-die game for the Rangers.

"It's right where we want it right now", veteran center Nicklas Backstrom said.

Boudreau, who is 1-7 in his National Hockey League coaching career in Game 7 after success in that spot in the minors, thinks goaltending will be the difference. "We wanted to spread our scoring out". Defenseman Trevor Daley didn't play Game 6. Pittsburgh advanced in six games.

It wasn't just the Kentucky Derby that brought NBC great ratings Saturday.

Guentzel spoiled Holtby's shutout bid when he scored off a two-on-one break at 16:38, and Malkin followed at 17:30, both goals coming during four-on-four play.

SUCCESS IN SMASHVILLE: A 3-1 victory in Game 6 Sunday over the St. Louis Blues put the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference final for the first time in their 18-year franchise history.

Crosby was a nonfactor for a second straight game after sitting out Game 4 with a concussion.

Just about everyone has had to wait for the test results to come back from the medical lab. [Monday], we weren't able to do any of that.

The Capitals have to be the favorites going into Wednesday. As one-sided as the past couple games have been, the Capitals are ultimately trying to win that "coin toss" a third time in a row.

Down by two goals heading into a third period on home ice with a chance to win the series, one may have expected a strong push back from the Penguins.

"Our group has pretty good resolve and we've grown through our past", Trotz said.

After the game, Crosby said he was evaluated for a concussion, saying, "Yep. I think we can do a better job in front of him". "Just being a little bit better in the offensive zone".

"The last three games weren't our best, but the best part about it is we have a Game 7 and we have another opportunity to close out the series".

Despite being ahead in the series, Pittsburgh has been outshot in every game, by an average of 34.8 to 23. Pittsburgh has won each of the three previous deciding games, the last in 2009 in Washington on its way to the Stanley Cup. It lasted all of seven games.

"I haven't been here forever but, one, I've never been in a Game 7", said Washington forward T.J.

The first is if a player exhibits one or more of nine listed symptoms, including disorientation, after a direct or indirect blow to the head.

However, according to the National Hockey League, the reason Crosby wasn't pulled from the game and given a concussion evaluation wasn't because the spotters missed it, but rather because crashing into the boards is not defined as a "mechanism of injury" that would allow them to do so.

"I'm not sure if I believe in momentum from game to game", Niskanen said.

Holding two-goal leads in the postseason has been a tenuous proposition at best, with 13 times teams letting them away so far in the postseason. "You are not going to win everyone". We still have our back against the wall. So I don't know if there is anything that we need to say.

"I'm not comfortable that he was allowed to continue playing".

The ratings likely won't be quite as high there thanks to the game being on NBCSN rather than NBC (to say nothing of no Derby lead-in), but that should still draw well, especially in comparison to numerous other second-round matchups. It's its own entity. "We just kept going".